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Sterling Ray Shaw

08/03/1943 - 03/28/2022

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Sterling Ray Shaw, a wonderful Husband, Dad, Grandpa, Uncle and friend, passed away in hospice care on Monday, March 28, 2022, into the loving arms of his Lord and Savior.  He was born on August 3, 1943, in Las Cruces, NM. to Wade Elvin Shaw and Ida Ruth Arendell as the youngest of five siblings.  Even though he was Sterling to all his family, he adopted the nickname of “Sonny” to his friends at a very young age.

Sterling “Sonny” attended school in Las Cruces, NM and El Paso, TX.  At the age of 16 he decided to attend Barber College and became a licensed barber.  He worked and practiced his expertise mainly at the Coronado Barber Shop on the Westside of El Paso. He made some great friends there and had some wonderful customers.  After several years he decided to become a long-haul truck driver, and for many years of his life he enjoyed that open road, driving across country, seeing so many beautiful states.  Even so, it was always great to be home again with his family.  He loved his desert city, with wide open spaces and majestic mountains.  In his spare time he still got to apply his barbering skills by cutting his kids hair, including his grandkids and niece.  It was truly something he enjoyed.

Sterling “Sonny” loved almost all sports, more watching them than actually participating in them.  He was a league bowler, and sure loved that.  His bowling definitely rubbed off on his children and grandchildren.  He liked playing golf, but never achieved too much perfection with it.  He followed the Dallas Cowboys and Los Angeles Dodgers, two of his favorites for football and baseball.  When he was a kid and wanted to play in little league baseball, he had to bring his birth certificate because they thought he was too old!  He loved that sport and was happy that some of his children loved playing it, too.

One of his unique hobbies was making candy and nut trays for friends and family.  Birthdays, holidays, parties, you name it, he had a tray for it!  It had started out as only shelling pecans, but developed into so much more.  He enjoyed those relaxing hours of designing them and then meticulously placing the nuts and candy into beautifully creative patterns.  He had a real talent for it, and everyone enjoyed the fruits of his labor.

He also had a great love for country music, especially the old heroes like Merle, Waylon, George, Johnny, Willie and many others.  He could listen for hours and enjoyed those guitars.  That was a talent he always wished he had.

Another favorite hobby was doing crossword puzzles, cryptoquotes and word jumbles, and he was really good at it.  He would challenge his family to work them as well.  They kept his mind sharp and he was a pretty good Wheel of Fortune player, too.

Sonny had a great sense of humor, and was such a kind, giving man.  Patient and selfless.  Family was so important to him, but sometimes he felt he had let them down.

He loved his church, Hillcrest Baptist, and had enjoyed his time as a greeter and usher.  He was involved in his Sunday School class, but eventually his health kept him more at home.  He was able to watch many of the church’s live stream services and enjoyed those messages and life lessons from the Bible.

Sterling was preceded in death by his devoted and loving parents, Wade and Ruth Shaw, his brothers E. Baine Shaw and Kenneth Shaw, granddaughter Courtney Maddox, daughter-in-law Barbara Robinson, and sister-in-law Karen Thompson.

He is survived by Jo Ann Shaw, his loving wife of nearly 29 years, although they were blessed to have 43 years together.  God definitely had a plan for them to be joined as husband and wife.  He is also survived by his sons Benjamin Shaw and his wife Angela, David Robinson and his significant other Christine Acres, his daughters Tammy Maddox, Donna Dowd and her husband Eddie, Sandra Herschman and her significant other Theron Lewis, Susan Fullerton and her husband Kevin, and his grandchildren Samantha Mathews, Hannah Dowd, Ryan and Robert Maddox, Joshua and Seth Herschman, Ashley and Benjamin Shaw, Krystal Lindsey, Garrett Pitti, Laura Robinson, and his special niece Casey Renee Thompson.  He also has four beautiful great grandchildren and one in the oven!  His lovely sisters, Jeanne Carver and Rita Baker continue to cherish his memories, as will his many nieces and nephews.  He will be truly missed by his best friend and brother in Christ, Woody Williams, and his loyal little dog, Rocky.

He will remain in our hearts forever as the bright, playful, and loving man that he was.

As per request, he will be cremated and his ashes spread over the Franklin Mountains.

*His Celebration of Life service will be held at Hillcrest Baptist Church, 4710 Hercules Ave, on Saturday, April 2, at 11 a.m.*

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