James H. Shives, 78

AUG. 18, 1934-DEC. 24, 2012

December 26, 2012
  • Shives

James Herbert Shives, 78, of Hagerstown, Md., died on Monday, Dec. 24, 2012, at NMS Nursing Home, after a long battle with Alzheimers.

Born Aug. 18, 1934, in Amaranth, Pa., he was the son of the late Ernest W. and M. Louise Sowers Shives.

He graduated in 1952 from Warfordsburg High School.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving from 1954 to 1957.

He was employed by Mack Trucks Inc., retiring in 1996.

He was a member of Washington Square United Methodist Church, and served as chairman of the trustees for many years.

He was a member of Morris Frock American Legion, Post 42, and the Mack Golden Bulldogs.

He enjoyed golfing, hunting, Maryland football and basketball, the New York Yankees, going to the movies, Myrtle Beach, a good political discussion, and time with family and friends.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Barbara L. Shives; two daughters, Krista L. Feverston, and husband, Scott, of Purcellville, Va., and Kelly A. Mowen, and husband, Paddy, of Greencastle, Pa.; one sister, Darla Cox of Hagerstown; one brother, Ernest Shives, and wife, Gloria Jean, of Hancock, Md.; five grandchildren, Elizabeth B. Klemens, Rebecca P. Klemens, Emily A. Mowen, Blake A. Mowen, and Jacob A. Mowen; numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by three sisters, Audrey Shives, Sally Shives, Mary Ann Deneen; and one brother, George Shives.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday at Washington Square United Methodist Church. The Rev. Jerry Lowans will officiate. Burial will be in Cedar Lawn Memorial Park.

Family will receive friends at the Minnich Funeral Home, 415 E. Wilson Blvd., Hagerstown, on Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m.

Memorial donations may be made to Alzheimer's Association, 1850 York Road, Suite D, Timonium, MD 21093-5142; Hospice of Washington County, 747 Northern Ave., Hagerstown, MD 21742; or Washington Square United Methodist Church, 538 Washington Ave., Hagerstown, MD 21740.

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