Donald Shaw 1940-2020
YOUNGSTOWN — Mr. Donald Shaw, 79, received his heavenly wings Friday, July 3, 2020.
He was born Dec. 15, 1940, in Youngstown, the son of the late John Floyd and Beatrice Banks Shaw.
Donald attended South High School, where he played football, and he graduated in 1959.
Donald served in the United States Army from 1963 to 1965.
Mr. Shaw married his high school sweetheart, the former Betty Jean Grant, July 2, 1966. From this union, they became proud parents of one son, Mark C. Shaw.
He was employed by Republic Steel for seven years and Commercial InterTech Corporation for 33 years, retiring Jan. 1, 1999.
Mr. Shaw faithfully served his church community in various capacities for more than 40 years in the areas of head usher, van driver, groundskeeper, handyman, culinary team member and as a member of the male chorus.
Donald was an avid bowler. He was one of the founding members of the Southern Tavern Bowling League, serving as league president for 20 years. He traveled to cities such as Anaheim, Calif., Buffalo, N.Y., Dallas, Texas, and Las Vegas, Nev., with The National Bowling Association Inc. In recent years, he participated in three bowling leagues — Monday Night Mix, Youngstown Senior and F.D. Mason.
Donald was also a founding member of the Oak Hill Athletic Club, a civic organization that supported groups, organizations and schools and assisted area students via the Monk Tillman Scholarship Fund. He was a coach and booster club member for the Fighting Little Redmen Football Team.
He was a member of Covenant Lodge 59, Bezaleel Consistory 15 and Al Asir Temple 210 Prince Hall Affiliate.
He leaves to cherish his memory his wife, Betty Jean Shaw; his son, Mark (Tonja) Shaw of Hilliard; nephews, Jessie Shields Jr. and Donald Huff of Youngstown, John (Dr. Karen) Bankston of Cincinnati, Michael (Crystal) Lottier of Canfield, Andrew Huff of Buffalo, N.Y., and John (Sherri) Shaw of Round Rock, Texas; nieces, Benita Thompson of Youngstown, Karla (Steven) Broadnax of Cleveland and Dr. Terri (Andrew) Simmons of Centerville; goddaughters, Lisa Spencer-Lawrence of Canfield and Dr. Jamie Austin of Potomac, Md.; as well as a host of great- and great-great-nieces and -nephews, cousins and friends.
Mr. Shaw was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers, Nathaniel Shaw and John Shaw Jr.; and his sisters, Emma Bogan, Norma Shields, Yvonne Huff, Karen Lottier, Barbara Anne Shaw and Louise Thompson.
The Shaw Family wishes to acknowledge the excellent care provided by Drs. Muneer Al Zoby, Jawad Francis, Kathleen S. Padgitt, Carl R. Peterson III and Fred R. Pruitt.
Calling hours will be held 10 to 11:45 a.m. Monday, July 13, 2020, at St. Andrewes A.M.E. Church, 521 W. Earle Ave., Youngstown, OH 44511. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, please remember to wear a mask and practice social distancing. Private family services will follow at noon, officiated by Pastor Jeannette Hubbard.
Arrangements entrusted to L.E. Black Phillips & Holden Funeral Home, Inc.