WARREN O. SHIELDS, 88, passed away June 21, 2018, at his home in Eagle Springs, N.C. A native of Thomson, Georgia, he was the son of the late Willie O. and Sallie Helen Hinton Shields. His stepmother, Claire Smith Shields, was also a mother to Warren during his teens and beyond.
MARY FRANCES "PEGGY" WIDENER SHIELDS, 84, passed away at her home in Eagle Springs, N.C., on October 22, 2017. Peggy was the youngest child of Ethel and William Gus Widener of Thomson, Georgia. She was educated in the public schools of Thomson and Truett-McConnell College in Cleveland, Georgia, where she obtained an AA degree. Warren was educated in the public schools of Thomson, Gordon Military College in Barnesville, Georgia, Mercer University in Macon, Georgia, and Crozer Theological Seminary in Chester, Pa. Warren was preceded in death by his parents, stepmother and infant sister, Emmaline. Peggy was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Elma McGahee; and her four brothers, Gemmell, Billy, Herbert and Ronald. They were both preceded in death by their son, Joel S. Shields. They are survived by two sons, Warren Duane (Cindi) of Hillsboro, Ore., Paul Mark (Ann Marie) of Jacksonville, Fla.; one daughter, Rebecca Claire (Ken) McCandless of Eagle Springs, N.C.; nine grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and Peggy's sister, Pat of Mooreland, Georgia. Warren and Peggy served American Baptist Church congregations in West Virginia, located in Romney, Keyser, Williamson and Pocatalico from 1955 to 1988. Peggy worked as a teacher's aide in Kanawha County schools in West Virginia and later as an office manager for a nurse mid-wife in Dayton, Ohio. Warren served as a hospital chaplain from 1988 to 1995 when they retired to Blairsville, Georgia, then moved to North Carolina in 2013. They were married for 64 years. Warren and Peggy's children will honor their parents' wishes with a private memorial at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family prefers gifts to MMBB Heritage of Sharing, a fund to provide emergency help for American Baptist ministers and missionaries, active and retired. The address is 475 Riverside Drive, Suite 1700, New York, NY 10115-0049.
Graveside Service will be held Saturday, December 1, 2018 @ 10 a.m. in Westview Cemetery with the Rev. Don Widener officiating.