C. Louis Shields passed away July 3, 2013 in Wilmington, N.C. Born July 30, 1922, in Culberson, N.C., the oldest child of E. Leondas and Elizabeth E. Shields. He was reared in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and North Carolina. He graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Pharmacy in 1943. The family has resided in Jacksonville since 1953 where Louis managed, owned and worked for Johnson Drug until his death. Although officially retired, he continued serving the community by volunteering for the Caring Community Clinic and as consultant for the Onslow County Health Department.
Mr. Shields was of strong faith and an active member of the First Presbyterian Church of Jacksonville since 1955. He was also a member of the South Rotary Club, a true "Democrat" and an active Onslow County politician.
Mr. Shields had a love of learning and was a founding member of the Board of Trustees for Coastal Carolina Community College (CCCC), serving on the board for over 35 years and as a chair for 20 years. In 2002, the Learning Center was dedicated and named in his honor. Additionally, he served as the president of the North Carolina Association of Community Colleges and the National Community College Board.
He was predeceased by his wife, the love of his life for over 65 years, Martha Sparkman Shields, son William Sparkman Shields and grandson-in-law A. Lee Galloway. Surviving are his sisters, Fran S. Young of Durham, N.C. and Ann S. Brown (Ed) of Augusta, Ga.; sons, Robert L. Shields of Wilmington, N.C. and Vance C. Shields (Linda) of Myrtle Beach, S.C.; grandchildren, Elizabeth S. Galloway of Wilmington, N.C., Sara V. Selander (Craig) of Florence, S.C. and Preston M. Shields of Myrtle Beach, S.C.; and two great-grandchildren.
The funeral service will be Saturday, July 6 at the First Presbyterian Church of Jacksonville at 11 a.m. with burial following at Onslow Memorial Park. Visitation will be an hour before the service in the church's Family Life building.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to the First Presbyterian Church of Jacksonville, N.C., the Sparkman–Shields Scholarship Fund at CCCC or Lower Cape Fear Hospice and Life Care Center of Wilmington, N.C.
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Arrangements are by Jones Funeral Home of Jacksonville.