Robert Lee Shad, Sr., 85, of St. Marys, Georgia, beloved husband of 65 years to Vila Cain Clark Shad, went home to be with the Lord November 30, 2016. Mr. Shad was born on the banks of the St. Johns river November 16, 1931 at 225 Florida Avenue, in Jacksonville, Florida. Died 11/30/2016 on the banks of the St. Johns river at St. Vincent’s Hospital, Jacksonville, Florida. He was the Son of John Paul Shad and Mary Talma Eliza Joiner Shad. He was proceeded in death by his Mother and Father and siblings, John Paul, Jr., William A. Shad, Sr., Baby Shad, and Grandson Joshua Ein Willis. He is survived by his Wife Vila Cain Clark Shad, his Son Robert L. Shad, Jr.(Terri), Daughters Mary Katherine (Cathy) Willis (James), Vila Joyce Shad Pitts, Lori Ann Shad and Melody Elaine Shad Crocker. Grandchildren James Elmer Willis, III, Robert Lee Shad, III (Shawna), Melissa Renee Shad, Nathan Robert Tweedell, Alyssa Brooke Tweedell, Jennifer Nicole Michele Cardona Lopez (Angel), Timothy Allen Johnson (Erin), Lessli Ann Johnson Whitley (Jeff), Jarrod Christian Petersen (Becca), Rachel Elaine Crocker Abrahamson, Derek Alan Crocker (Kassie) and eleven greatgrandchildren.
He was a long time member of Grace Baptist Church and loved the Lord. His testimony of his faith in God was how he lived his life always helping others in some way.
Mr. Shad was a veteran of both US Navy and US Marine Corps, and served until discharged in 1953 as staff sergeant. He fought in the Korean War landing on Poson Bay with the allied forces and 1st Marine Battalion both in infantry and flight mechanic serving with Pappy Boynton of the famous Black Sheep squadron and later with the Checkerboard squadron with Major Ed McMann. History recalls the enemy knew that the Marines had landed, they pushed the reds north, and had Manchuria in sight when MacArthur called them back to maintain the 38th parallel. He was later honorably discharged after being seriously injured in battle.
He and his wife Vila moved to St. Marys in 1953, where he was employed with Gilman Paper Company until his retirement as a pulp mill tour foreman in 1994. Throughout his career he was well thought of, a man of integrity and knowledge, and well respected. He was a dedicated and hardworking man who always provided for his family.
His greatest accomplishment was his family. His sensitive and unquenchable love for them all, which he always shared and enjoyed having them around him. He was very proud of his family and would often tell stories about them and his adventures growing up. Each and every member of his family was very special to him, and he showed them with his untiring love.
Mr. Shad loved people and enjoyed being around others and helping them when in need. He was a member of the St. Marys Masonic Lodge #109 where he served as master in 1965. He was a 32 degree Scottish Rite mason a York Rite Mason and a Christian Knights Templar. He loved the Marine Corps, and enjoyed telling about the good times he had while he served. He was a member of the Marine Corps League Kings Bay Detachment Southeast Georgia #1229. He loved these organizations and what they did to help others less fortunate. He was well respected and touched the lives of countless people and left us all a lasting legacy.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend the funeral service on Saturday, December 3, 2016 in Christ Episcopal Church at 10:30 a.m. Internment, Oak Grove Cemetery with masonic and military honors. The family will receive friends and family at Allison Memorial Chapel in St. Marys, Friday from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.
Allison Memorial Chapel and Funeral Home of St. Marys is in charge of arrangements.