John, also known as Keith, was born on May 25, 1957 and died on August 15, 2021. He was preceded in death by his parents, Kermit and Pat Shaw; sisters, Linda Mae Shaw and Barbara Bowles, and his brother, Ronnie Shaw.
Keith is survived by his wife of 43 years, Sharie Shaw; his children, Wendy Edwards (Beth Frazier), Brian Shaw (Tiffany), Laura Shaw and Cindy Crowder; his siblings, Larry Shaw (Brenda), Mike Shaw (Chris), Jimmy Shaw (Paula), Carolyn Shaw, Tommy Shaw (Cathy), Debbie Daniels, and Brenda Bass (Charlie); his grandkids, Katlyn, Kenzie, Addison, Hailey, Camryn, Brian, Ally, Dylan, and Ella; many other family members and his church family from Tsena Commocko Baptist Church.
You could always count on Keith’s sense of humor to lighten a room. The stories that are told of this man have lived on beyond him. He had a wheelchair race in a hospital to help pass the time; he made up “prison release papers” for his kids when they finally got off of punishment; he could also let the “joke” be on him. He was really hard-headed and didn’t like to wear sunscreen, but he loved the ocean. One year on vacation, he got a sunburn on his feet so bad that he had to be “doctored” up with a special burn cream. Of course, he couldn’t just let it be taken care of like a normal person would, what kind of fun would that be? He and Bill played this up so well, using butter knives to put the cream on and over-exaggerating how bad it really was. That event was laughed about for years to come. Regardless of how he did it, he always had a way to make you smile.
Keith loved his grandkids. As his own kids got older, we all knew we were second fiddle to those grandkids. He enjoyed getting to watch them play ball, dance in recitals, compete in talent shows, jump on the trampoline in the back yard or the big bounce house that they just HAD to have. Keith was also a lover of music. As the grandkids got older, he loved being able to play music and sing with them. He always loved watching them do the things they loved, and he was proud of every single one of them.
Keith loved to help people. Whether it was working on cars, loaning out cars, helping cut down trees, doing repairs on someone’s house, he was always there to lend a hand. In his most recent years, he dedicated himself to helping taking care of his wife Sharie. It was something that no matter who you asked, they’d tell you he could live for that reason alone.
One thing Keith would tell you about his life if he could, is his story was filled with broken pieces, terrible choices, and ugly truths. It’s also filled with a major comeback, peace in his soul, and a grace that saved his life through Jesus Christ.
Keith was a loved husband, dad, papa, brother, uncle, and friend, and will be missed. We are forever grateful for those minutes we got with him before he passed. This isn’t goodbye, but we’ll see you later. We love you.
The Celebration of Life will be on Saturday, September 4, 2021 at 12pm at Tsena Commocko Baptist Church, 2401 Tsena Rd, Providence Forge, VA.