James Monroe O'Shields was called home by his Savior on November 15, 2023. After 100 years of being strong and courageous, he passed away peacefully at Palmetto Patriots Veterans Home surrounded by family.
Raised in Pauline, SC he worked on his family farm and joined the Army. He served in Germany during and after WWII. Returning home he married and raised a family in Spartanburg as an active lifelong member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church. He worked many years as a produce manager for Community Cash. After retiring, he contined to garden, selling produce year round to neighbors and local markets until the age of 97. In retirement he also traveld across America and danced. He and his wife, Dot were members of several country, square and line dance groups. He was also a guitarist in the John Dodd Boys.
Those who welcomed his heavenly arrival were the wife of his youth, Dorothy McDaniel and son Wayne O'Shields. Also there to celebrate his arrival were his parents, Dexter Edwin Converse O'Shields & Clara Goodwin O'Shields
and his siblings C.L. O'Shields, Lucille Elam, Carrie Allison, J.D. O'Shields, Ray O'Shields, Dexter O'Shields and Betty Jo O'Shields.
Those left to carry on his legacy are his wife Jo Ann O'Shields and three children. Janet Parks ( Tim), Judy Martin (Doug) and Todd O'Shields (Linette Jensen). Five step-children, Gene Burrell, Tina Silvers, Stacy Gambrell, Susan Monte` and LeAnn Kako. Two grand daughters Jenny Thompson (John) and Melissa Lineberger (Jonathan). Four great grandchildren Victoria Lowman (Jake), Janna Thompson, Mason & Wade Lineberger. Seventeen step-grandchildren. Twenty five step great-grandchildren. Along with his sister Helen West , sister in laws and many neices and nephews.
The family will celebrate and honor his life on Sunday, November 19, 2023 at 2:00 PM at Mt. Zion Baptist Church, Spartanburg SC with Rev. Monty King officiating. Burial with military honors provided by Boiling Springs Post #200 will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends immediately following the burial in the church santuary.
Memorial donations may be made to Mt. Zion Baptist Church or to Palmetto Patriots Home.