Mr. Charles "Chuck" Wayne Shields Jr., 58, of Cartersville, GA, passed away Thursday, December 20, 2018, peacefully in his home surrounded by his loving family. Chuck was born to the late Mrs. Dorothy C. Austin Shields-Perdue and Mr. Charles Wayne Shields Sr. in Gadsden, AL, on August 28, 1960.
Chuck proudly served his country in the United States Army. His overseas assignment was in Germany, where he grew very fond of everyone he came into contact with and spoke often of the days he was there. During his military service he was assigned to the motor pool working as a four wheeled vehicle mechanic. This expanded his mechanical skills which came in very handy over the years as he used those skills to repair many different types of vehicle and equipment, from lawn mowers to semi-tractor/trailers, and all in between. He loved the outdoors, camping, hunting, and fishing, but he most of all loved his family and friends. Chuck loved to make others laugh and was known to show his affection by picking at anyone he met. If he wasn’t picking at someone it was a sure sign that something wasn’t right. Chuck loved and adored his grandchildren who all called him “Paw-Paw”. His nieces and nephews brought a great deal of joy to his life and he cherished each and every one of them. He will be profoundly missed by all who knew and loved him.
Chuck was an OTR truck driver by trade. His outstanding vehicle mechanical skills were a valuable asset to his multiple millions of safely driven miles throughout his driving career. He began his career at Southwest Motor Freight, where he and his father, “Pop”, drove as a team. They later started their own company in 1987 in Cartersville, GA, Shields and Son Inc. Later in his career he drove as an owner-operator. High Lonesome hauled his last load in mid-August, 2004, doing so for his brother Tim Shields, owner of Faultless Tank Line Inc.
Chuck is preceded in death by his parents, grandparents, mothers by love and law Stella F. Clark, and Jean L. Shields, grandchild, Dakota Avery Shields, sisters, Becky Alldredge, and Susan L. Jensen. Brother by love and law Max L Houston Sr. Several other very special aunts, uncles, and many other extended family members also precede him.
He is survived by his wife of 32 years, Shelly L. Shields; sons & daughters, Curtis (Brook) Shields, Cody (Natalie) Bender; grandchildren Julian, Nathaniel, and Anna-Belle Shields, Grace and Ethan Bender; mother by love and law Joyce Shields; sisters, Teresa (Bill) Melton, Audrey Houston, and Dale R Rumph; brothers Keith (Barbara) Shields, Tim (Lori) Shields, and Gary (Joanie) Clark; nieces Elisha (Eddie) Price, Khristel Alldredge, Amanda Smith, Amanda (Jason) Collins, Teresa Shepherd, Trinity West, Charity Weber, Shawnary (Brian) Jackson, Triston Smuin, Edna (Jeremy) Prophater, Jessica Rook, Cynthia “Cindi” Worley, Heather Rumph and Rosalee Strubbe; nephews Brian, Nick and Lance Shields, Zach Cockrell, Jereomy Smith, J.R. Snyder, Ryan Fithian, Max (Robyn) Houston Jr., Jeff (Paula) Houston, Bear Herbert and Dale A Rumph. Many other extended family members and a truck load of special “family-friends” also survive to cherish Chuck’s memory.
The family would also like to mention ExtraOrdinarily Special People Instrumental in Chuck’s early life: Aunts and Uncles, (and their children), Carole Ann and (Jim) Forshe, Janice and (Bobby “Don”) White, Cleatha Fly (Joel) Osterbrink, and Karen (Phillip) Avery.
A Celebration of Chuck’s life will be conducted in the Owen Funeral Home Chapel on Saturday December 29, 2018, at twelve o’clock noon officiated by Rev. Chas Childers. Serving as Pallbearers will be Cody Bender, Bobby “Don” White, Curtis, Keith, Tim, Nick, Lance, Julian, Nathaniel, and Leeland Shields, Eddie Price, Ryan Fithian, Timothy J Rook Sr., and Dale A Rumph.
The family will receive friends Saturday, December 29, 2018, from ten o’clock in the morning until the service hour. (Casual attire to formal wear, your choice)
The family would also like to recognize the staff of Homestead Hospice for their loving care of Chuck and Shelly during his last few days. Our coordinator, Kathie Schramm, (which brought everything together in record speed), was without doubt the lead of a host of angels brought through our door in those final days.
Please visit www.owenfunerals.com to leave online condolences for the family.
Owen Funeral Home, 12 Collins Drive, Cartersville, GA, is honored to serve the Shields Family in this difficult time.