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Vernon Junior Shive, 89, went to be with the Lord Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017.
Vernon was born June 7, 1928, in Gober, Texas, to Vernon C. Shive and Mary M. Nix Shive. He joined the Army Air Corps. on June 20, 1946, at the age of 18. On March 8, 1952, he married Bonnie N. Scott, the love of his life. Together they loved and raised three children. Daughter Lorecia G. and husband Keith Riggs of Papillion, Neb., son Vernon A. Shive of Altus, Okla., and daughter Teresa A. and husband David Matthews of Fulton, Mo. They have 11 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren, and two great-great grandchildren.
Vernon retired after serving 21 years in the Army Air Corps. and the United States Air Force. He then moved his family to Bonnie's hometown of Wolfe City. He worked several years at LTV (L3), and then began a long career with American National Insurance Co. He and Bonnie joined the First Baptist Church in Wolfe City where he served 50 years as a deacon, church secretary, treasurer, Sunday school superintendent, Sunday school teacher, music leader, custodian, groundskeeper, choir member, and member of numerous committees. And he still found time to share his love for music and people by singing each week at the Smith Nursing Home, calling square dancing, participating in hymn sing services, the Salvation Army First Friday Night Singing, and delivering Meals on Wheels to the homebound around Wolfe City. Vernon was committed to serving his neighbors and community serving for many years as the secretary of the Wolfe City Kiwanis Club and as post commander of the local American Legion post.
Following his 1987 retirement from American National Insurance Co., he enjoyed substitute teaching, working around the church and helping people around Wolfe City.
He is survived by his wife, Bonnie; their three children; his many grand/great grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Vernon C. and Mary M. Nix Shive; his brother, Edward C. Shive; his sisters, Margaret C. Fisk, Mary Jim Clements, Joan G. Weeks Thomas, and Francis R. Guerrero; and one great-granddaughter, Destiny Shive.
His service will be held at First Baptist Church, Wolfe City on Thursday, Oct. 26, at 10 a.m. Interment will be at Mt. Carmel Cemetery, Wolfe City with full military honors.
Visitation will also be at First Baptist Church Wednesday, Oct. 25, from 6 to 8 p.m. R.W. Owens & Son Funeral Home of Wolfe City is in charge.
Published on October 24, 2017
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