Tennessee, the Shields's accepted a teaching-coaching
job at Ware County High School in 1962. He assisted
Tommy Guillebeau, Ware's first head football coach, for
a couple of years. He was promoted to head coach at Ware
in 1964 when Guillebeau accepted the coaching job at
Tifton. Shields, who always described his coaching
tenure at Ware "as a little less than stunning",
resigned in 1967 and took a job with the state of
Georgia's Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) in
Waycross as a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor (VR).
He retired in 1995.
While with DVR, Shields obtained a Masters Degree (1970)
from the University of Georgia in rehabilitation
counseling and after he retired he earned another
Masters (1996) in English from Valdosta State University
with the idea of returning to the classroom for another
go at that noble profession. But after testing the
waters in a few temporary situations both at Waycross
College and local high schools in the area, Shields said
he was persuaded that some of the nobility had somehow
left the profession as student discipline and dedication
had plummeted "so low one was hard-pressed to tell who
was in charge."
Therefore, Shields opted to launch his own news and
commentary web site called Ware Op-Ed & News in August
2001 where he wrote a weekly column. The site proved to
be popular albeit if not without controversy, as it gave
readers the opportunity to participate in the discourse
on current events, politics, education and columns and
essays of their own. Shields shut down the web site
after 10 years with the onset of his cancer.
In the early 1970's
Shields helped organize and structure the Waycross Area
Community Theatre (WACT) and served the local thespian
group as its president for a number of years and as a
regular actor and backstage worker. He always regarded
his work with WACT as one of the more significant
contributions he ever made to the community.
For many years Shields did the radio play-by-play and
commentary for the Bulldogs of Waycross High School
prior to the school's merger-consolidation with Ware
County. He was a member of the Waycross Exchange Club
since 1980 and a member of the Sons of Confederate
Veterans, Clement A. Evans Camp 64. He was a baptized
member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Waycross
although not a devoted church goer. Years ago he was an
associate member of the Society of Professional
Journalists and did a lot of freelance writing for
various newspapers and trade magazines.
Shields was preceded in death by his mother, Geraldine
S. Shields Stuart (17 Sep 1909-29 Nov 1990), his father,
Clifton D. Shields (9 Dec 1909-10 Apr 1972), his
stepfather, Carl Stuart (21 Jun 1916-11 Mar 1994), three
brothers, Clifton I. Shields (11 May 1928-17 Feb 1991)
Clem Shields (19 Dec 1929-10 Nov 1937) and Jerry G.
Shields (8 Apr 1933-26 Nov 1982).
Shields is survived by his wife, Diane, and three (3)
children David B. Shields, Jr., (wife Sophie) and
Gregory F. Shields (wife Melissa), both of Waycross, and
Susan D. Brauda (husband Chad) of Blackshear and five
(5) grandchildren, David B. "Trey" Shields, III, Jessica
E. Shields, Sydney M. Shields, Chase C. Brauda and
Morgan M. Brauda.
A large number of cousins, many of whom still reside in
and around Pittsylvania County, Virginia, also survive.
Visitation will be
held at Music Funeral Home Wednesday, May 30, 2012 from
6:00 - 7:30. Shields will be cremated and his remains
will be transported at a later date to an undisclosed
site in Alderson, WV, "the little town that never loved
me as much as I did it", to be scattered by the winds
where they will.
The family requests that any and all memorials of any
kind be converted to cash and sent to Wolfson Children's
Hospital, 800 Prudential Drive
Jacksonville, Florida 32207.
Music Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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