Dr. Conrad Aldean Shaw Sr. 94, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Saturday, Aug. 31, 2019.  He was born Nov. 30, 1924, in Alleghany County.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Martin H. and Recie McKnight Shaw, and his brother, Dwight M. Shaw. 

He is survived by his wonderful wife of 73 years, Elizabeth “Lib,” whom he met at Appalachian State University and married on Dec. 21, 1945; a son, Conal, and Annette Shaw of Roanoke, Va.; a daughter, Cathy, and Steve Snipes of North Wilkesboro; his granddaughter, Catherine, and Mac Marlow of Roanoke, Va.; his grandson, Jonathan, and Stacie Shaw of Richmond, Va.; his granddaughter, Laura, and David Brooks of Wilkesboro; his granddaughter, Rachel, and Eric Sutphin of Concord; his great-grandson, Nathaniel Marlow of Roanoke, Va.; his  great-granddaughter, Olivia Marlow of Roanoke, Va.; his great-granddaughter, Caroline Shaw of Richmond, Va.; his great-grandsons, Connor and Corbin Brooks of Wilkesboro; his foster great-grandbaby, Isabella; a sister, Wynnogene Day of Savannah, Ga.; and a brother, Kyle, and Barbara Shaw of Houston, Texas.

Dr. Shaw was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, having served three years, two of which were in the South Pacific (New Calidonia, Guadalcanal and Okinawa).

Dr. Shaw and his wife, Elizabeth, and son, Conal, moved to North Wilkesboro in August 1948, where he taught business subjects at North Wilkesboro High School. After four years in that position, Dr. Shaw became principal of North Wilkesboro Elementary School (grades 1 - 8) in 1952 as North Wilkesboro and Wilkesboro high schools merged into Wilkes Central High School. He served as principal for 14 years.

When Wilkes Community College opened its doors for multi-classes on July 1, 1966, in the Wilkesboro Primary School building, the president, Dr. Howard Thompson, invited Dr. Shaw to join him in the position of business officer for the college. The responsibilities consisted of accounting and budgeting of finances and plant and grounds management. The new college facilities, consisting of three buildings, were completed in April 1970. Dr. Shaw oversaw growth of the college. It went from zero to eight buildings, 2,200 students and 90 acres of land.

In 1972, Dr. Shaw and four other community college business officers and the state community director of finance were the founding officers of the Association of Community College Business Officers (ACCBO). The ACCBO meetings throughout the state enabled the officers to learn more as the new North Carolina Community College System progressed. Dr. Shaw served as president of ACCBO in 1974-75.

Dr. Shaw’s educational career spanned 47 years, all of which were in Wilkes County. He earned bachelor of science and master of arts degrees from Appalachian State University, and a doctor of education degree from Nova University in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. He also took courses at the University of Nebraska at Omaha and Florida State University. In 1994, Dr. Shaw was chosen as the Outstanding College Business Officer of Region XI, which included North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky, West Virginia and Virginia.

Other life contributions included service at First Baptist Church of North Wilkesboro as Sunday school teacher, Sunday school superintendent, president of the Men’s Brotherhood, director of the Baptist Training Union (BTU), deacon beginning in 1952, chairman of the board of deacons several times, chairman of the building renovation committee for the educational building and was named Deacon Emeritus in 2017. He loved the church and loved serving the Lord.

The North Wilkesboro Lions Club was Dr. Shaw’s civic love, having had almost 100 percent attendance since 1952. He served in a number of positions, including the office of president in 1973-74 and 2000-2001. He was named the Rotary Club’s Citizen of the Year in March 2019. His hobbies included collecting antique radios, and he and Mrs. Shaw were members in the western square dance club, the Tory Oak Twirlers, for 31 years. He enjoyed traveling throughout the United States and to many other countries with friends since his retirement from the college in 1995.

The family received friends from 6 to 8 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 1, 2019, at Reins-Sturdivant Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 2, 2019, in the sanctuary of First Baptist Church of North Wilkesboro, with Dr. Bert Young and the Rev. Steve Snipes officiating. A private burial will be held at Scenic Memorial Gardens.

The family respectfully requests no food or flowers. Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church of North Wilkesboro, P.O. Box 458, North Wilkesboro, N.C. 28659 and Samaritan Kitchen of Wilkes P.O. Box 1072, Wilkesboro, N.C. 28697.

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