Hurley Jennings Shaw Jr.

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HAMPTON - Hurley Jennings Shaw, Jr. of Hampton, died at home on June 22, 2013 at the age of 88 after a brief illness. He was born February 5, 1925 in Durham, North Carolina to the late Hurley J, Shaw, Sr. and Bettie Ann Barbee Shaw. He was raised in Durham and graduated from Durham High School in 1943. The day after graduation, he reported to Fort Bragg, North Carolina for induction into the United States Army. He served in the 76th Recon Cavalry Troop as a jeep driver and armored car driver in France, Belgium, Luxembourg and Germany, performing scouting missions in enemy held territory, from January 1945 through the end of the war. He relocated to Hampton on a "temporary" basis in the summer of 1946. He met Evelyn Louise Ashwell of Phoebus and never left. They were married on January 10, 1948 and recently celebrated their 65th anniversary. He was a member of LaCrosse Memorial Presbyterian Church for more than 60 years, where he was a deacon, elder, trustee, Sunday school teacher and choir member. He also served as building committee chairman for the present church building and served on several Norfolk Presbytery committees. Hurley was a former president of the Hampton Kiwanis Club and its longest serving member. He was awarded the Kiwanis International Life Member Award in 1990. He was also a Hixson Fellow, a Walter Zeller Fellow and a member of the Founders Society. He actively supported the Kiwanis Club fund raising activities for the Children's Hospital of the King's Daughters for many years. He was the owner of Shaw Paint and Wall Paper Co., Inc., with offices in Hampton and Norfolk, which is now in its 82nd year and in its third generation of family operation. He retired from the daily activities in 2002, serving as CEO until his death. He was a fair and generous employer. He was predeceased by his parents, his daughter Deborah Ann Shaw and his brother Calvin High Shaw. He is survived by his wife Evelyn, his son Hurley J. Shaw, III (Pamela), his daughter Denise S. Underhill (Stephen), his sisters Helen S. Hudgins and Edna S. Lutz, five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. He was a devoted and much loved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. There will be a visitation at R. Hayden Smith Funeral Home on Tuesday, June 25 from 6:30 PM until 8:00 PM. There will be a service at LaCrosse Memorial Presbyterian Church on June 26 at 11:00 AM. In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to LaCrosse Memorial Presbyterian Church or to the American Red Cross.
Published in Daily Press on June 23, 2013