BUCKHANNON — Joe Nelson Shaw, 69, of Buckhannon, died Jan. 8, 2017, at UPMC Montefiore in Pittsburgh, Pa. He was born April 9, 1947, in Buckhannon, a son of the late Burl N. and Ila Josephine Smiers Shaw. Surviving are one son, Ryan Nelson Shaw and wife Wendy, of Columbus, Ohio; one daughter, Kimberly Dawn Oliver and husband J.R., of Elkview; two grandsons, Trooper Shaw, of Columbus, and Kyle Jacob Oliver, of Elkview; two granddaughters, Claire Oliver, of Elkview, and Audra Shaw, of Columbus; one sister, Beatrice Burnside and husband Eric, of Buckhannon; two nephews, Joshua Alan Burnside and wife Keely and Dr. Robert Adam Burnside and wife Jessica, all of Buckhannon; one niece, Virginia Pearl Croaff and husband Erick, of Buckhannon; two great-nephews, Jasper Rhys and James “Jay” Clifford Burnside, both of Buckhannon; two great-nieces, Katherine Quinn and Willa Shaw Burnside, both of Buckhannon; and one aunt, Eleanor Smiers,of Fairmont.
Joe graduated from Buckhannon-Upshur High School in 1965. During his time there he was a member of the baseball, basketball and the 1963 State Championship football team. Mr. Shaw went on to earn a degree in secondary education from Fairmont State College as well as a master’s degree in educational administration from Pensacola Christian College. He was passionate about his career as a Christian educator, which took him all over the country. During his career, Joe served as a teacher, coach, bus driver, athletic director and administrator. Receiving Jesus of the Bible as his Savior and Master directed his teaching pathway and placement for much of his career. Joe believed strongly that he was governed by a moral authority, the Bible-the Holy Spirit to help him interpret how to live righteously and to love people. He worked fervently to protect the unborn and to maintain our constitutional rights, which included working to see that those opposed to religious freedom didn’t take away our “God-given freedoms.”
Friends will be received Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Poling-St. Clair Funeral Home. A funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home with Rev. Roger Foster officiating. Burial will follow in the Heavner Cemetery in Buckhannon. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.polingstclair.com. Poling-St .Clair Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.