04/22/08 - NNHS Newsletter - Rip Shields

Raymond Shields
(d. 19 Apr 2008)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   
The sad news is compounding once more. 
 Rip Shields, father of    Esther Shields Petty ('58) of VA, passed away in York County on Saturday, April 19, 2008 at the age of 95.

  From Joe Drewry ('58) of VA - 04/22/08 - "Obituary: Father of our NNHS 1958 Classmate":

Note that our classmate Esther was listed as    Esther Shields Forman in our 1958 Anchor.  Esther transferred from York High to NNHS in our junior year.
Cards of support can be sent to Esther at (address available from Joe at Jwdvt@aol.com)

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   Thank you, Joe. This is one of those obituaries I kept rereading and wondering why it sounded so familiar, yet never quite made the connection.

From the Daily Press - 04/22/08:

                   Raymond Shields


YORK COUNTY - Raymond Shields, a native and lifetime resident of York County, departed this earthly home to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ in Heaven on April 19, 2008, at the age of 95. 'Rip,' as he was known by many of his friends and relatives, was predeceased by his loving wife, Evelyn Todd Smith Shields; his parents, Jesse Goode and Hunter Wornom Shields; his brother, Arthur Henry Shields; sister, Nellie Shields Owens; brother, Coleman Wornom Shields; and twin brother, Harvey Shields.

He is survived by his daughter, Esther Shields Petty, and son, Raymond Wayne Shields, and wife, Vickie, His seven surviving grandchildren include Sheree Forman Fox and husband, Tommy, Donald Ray Forman and wife, Teri, Susan Forman Rhew and husband, Ray, David Kelly Forman, Robin Shields Dixon and husband, Brian, Daniel Wayne Shields and wife, Yvonne, and Cynthia Shields Paz and her husband, Richard.


Rip Shields


His 15 great-grandchildren include Jason Fox and wife, Witney, Kristina Fox, Kelly and Ashley Forman, Matthew and David Lusk, Courtney Forman, Ryland and Brian Thomas, Daniel and Joshua Allen Shields, Lindsey and Kyle Paz, and Jackson and Nicholas Rhew. He also leaves great-great-granddaughter, Hannah Fox, and great-great-grandson, Noah Fox. Raymond is also survived by his sister, Annie Shields Page; sister, Myrtle Shields Stephens and her husband, Otis V.; brother-in-law, Kirby T. Smith and wife, Lillian; special friend, Shirley Phillips; plus many nieces and nephews.

Raymond accepted Jesus as his personal Lord and Savior while a teenager and he attempted to follow the teachings of Jesus. He was a man who enjoyed sharing the Good News with all persons, but especially he was concerned to share with the immediate members of his family. He was a lifetime member of Providence United Methodist Church in Dare, where he had in time served on many different church committees. Rip loved to sing the songs from the old hymnals and his voice could often be heard above all others of the congregation.

Raymond was a 60-year member of Yorktown Masonic Lodge #205 AF&AM, where he served as Master of the Lodge and District Deputy Grand Master to the 57th Masonic District and at the time of his passing he was the oldest living Past Master and also the oldest living District Grand Master from Yorktown Lodge. He was also a previous member of the following lodges: Uroy Harris Royal Arch #83 of Newport News, Scottish Rite Bodies and Khedive Temple of Shrine of Norfolk. He was a past patron of York Chapter, Order of the Eastern Star of Yorktown. He had been honored by the Grand Master of Masons of the State of Virginia for 50 years of membership.

Rip began his lifetime occupation of carpentry with his builder Uncle Gaston Wornom. He later partnered with cousin Mallory T. Shields in Shields and Shields Construction. During World War II, he was employed at the carpenter shop at the Naval Mine Depot (Naval Weapons Station) at Yorktown. He retired from this job after 31 years of service. Then he continued to utilize his skills for the County of York as a lead Building Inspector and worked for the county until the time of his second retirement, over 10 years later.

He had master skills in carpentry, masonry, plumbing and electricity. There is quite a large number of homes in York County which he built for customer friends as well as brothers, sisters, children and grandchildren.

Mr. Shields had lived in the Warwick Forest Retirement Community for the last several years. While there, he enjoyed being actively involved in that community and to assisting others who lived in the village. He leaves behind a large contingency of friends at this community.

Raymond will always be remembered for his love of God, love of wife and family, and for his professional quality workmanship in all phases of the building industry. His big grin and his 'vise-grip' handshake will certainly be remembered by all who came in contact with him.

Amory Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 22, at Amory Funeral Home. At other times, the family will be at the home of his daughter Esther, 913 Showalter Road, Yorktown.

A celebration of Raymond's life will be held at St. Luke's United Methodist Church, led by the Rev. Douglas Gestwick and the Rev. Clara Gestwick, on Wednesday, April 23, beginning at 1 p.m. Mr. Shields will be interred with full Masonic rites at Providence United Methodist Church Cemetery following the service. A reception will follow in the church social hall of Providence United Methodist Church.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations would be sent to the Providence United Methodist Church, 113 Old Dare Road, Yorktown, VA 23692.

Published in the Daily Press from 4/21/2008 - 4/22/2008.
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My sincere sympathy to the Shields Family - Raymond was very special to so many people and will be missed by everyone who had the privilege of knowing him. My prayers are with the family at this most difficult time.
Doris Taylor Williams (Lafayette, LA) - April 21, 2008
What a wonderful man was "Rip Shields", today the world is a sadder place without him. He was a joy to all who knew him and his accomplishments were many. Now he joins all those gone before, I bet the Mason's will have a time up in Heaven and he will join his beautiful wife, Evelyn.
Family, my thoughts are with you.

Joanne Wainwright Miller
Joanne Miller (Seaford, VA) - April 21, 2008
My sympathy and love goes out to this great family at such a difficult time.
Teresa Howlett Kelly (Poquoson, VA) - April  21, 2008
To the Family,
I send my condolences in your time of grief. I met Mr. Shields at Warwick Forest and he was truly a kind man. He always talked about his past and his family with me. He was one of the few that touched my heart and I will forever keep him in my thoughts and prayers as well as his family. One good thing I can say is that Mr. Shields doesn't have to hurt anymore; he's at peace.
It was truly a pleasure to have met him and I can thank him for all the breaks I spent with him just talking about the "Good Days" as he would call them!
Tungala Harrell
Warwick Forest (Dietary)
Tungala Harrell (Newport News, VA) - April 21, 2008
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What a legacy Rip left to this world! His family is his greatest accomplishment. They all have a bit of his generosity and love. We are blest to have known Mr. Shields, and even more blest to know his family. We are sad for their loss, but we know Raymond knew his Lord and Savior, and was looking forward to the time when he would be joined with those who went before him. Glory is the gift he has gotten for the life he lead. Alleluia!
Patti & Gary Alderman (Yorktown, VA) - April 21, 2008
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My sympathy to the family. I feel the loss myself as Rip was not only a dear friend but a brother in Christ and a brother mason for the past 48 years.
Bob Whiteman (Dare, VA) - April 21, 2008
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   Our deepest condolences are extended to Esther and her family and their friends at this difficult time.

   Y'all take good care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER!  We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol


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Carol Buckley Harty
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Servant of God, Well Done!

Words by Charles Wesley (28 Dec 1707 - 29 Mar 1788)
Music by George J. Elvey (27 Mar 1816 - 9 Dec 1893)

(The Methodist Hymnal, 1966, #288)

Wesley wrote this hymn in 1770 on the occasion of the death of clergyman George White.
Elvey's tune, "Diademata", has been set to several other hymns, notably "Crown Him with Many Thorns" and "Soldiers of Christ, Arise".

 Servant of God, well done!
Thy glorious warfare’s past;
The battle’s fought, the race is won,
And thou art crowned at last.

With saints enthroned on high,
Thou dost thy Lord proclaim,
And still to God salvation cry,
Salvation to the Lamb!

O happy, happy soul!
In ecstasies of praise,
Long as eternal ages roll,
Thou seest Thy Savior’s face.

Redeemed from earth and pain,
Ah! when shall we ascend,
And all in Jesus’ presence reign
With our translated friend?

"Servant of God, Well Done!" midi courtesy of http://www.norbry.net/midi/archive/hymn/ - 01/13/06

"Servant of God, Well Done!" lyrics courtesy of http://www.cyberhymnal.org/htm/s/e/servogod.htm - 01/13/06

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