Sara "Jean" Shaw
1936 - 2021
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Sara "Jean" Shaw passed away peacefully surrounded by family at Brookwood Hospital on Wednesday, February 17th, 2021 at the age of 84. She is survived by her brother Cecil Allen "Jerry" Turnipseed (Nikki), two sons Steven Doyle Shaw (Jamelle) and Stanley Gene Shaw (Susan) and her grandson Zachary Stanton Shaw. She was born in Maplesville, AL on April 5, 1936, the eldest of three siblings. She was preceded in death by her husband, E. Doyle Shaw, parents, Walter "Eugene" Turnipseed and Jewel Mitchell Turnipseed, and her brother Joe "Larry" Turnipseed. She attended Jones Valley High School in Birmingham, and immediately following graduation she joined her husband "Doyle" at the former Schilling Air Force Base in Selina, KS. After Doyle's military service, the couple moved to Tuscaloosa, AL and Jean worked to support her husband to allow him to graduate from the University of Alabama. The couple then moved to Birmingham and Jean became a homemaker and also worked for many years with Dewberry Engraving Company. She and Doyle were married for just over 63 years. Jean was an avid golfer and was a member of Chase Lake Country Club and Hoover Country Club and held many leadership positions in Ladies Golf. She was an ardent Bridge player and continued to play later in life. She and her husband Doyle loved to travel and were active members of Bluff Park United Methodist Church. In addition to golf and bridge, Jean and Doyle were very active in the 60's, 70's and 80's at Shades Mountain and Hoover's youth football and baseball programs. They had a significant impact and were a strong influence on many young men's lives. She continued that influence with her grandson Zac and their relationship remained very close throughout the years. There will be a graveside service celebrating Jean's life beginning at 2PM on Sunday February 21st at Union - United Methodist Church, The Church at Chelsea Park and Interment will follow. The service will be led by Mike Holly, Senior Pastor of Bluff Park United Methodist Church under the direction of Southern Heritage Funeral Home in Pelham.

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Published in The Birmingham News from Feb. 19 to Feb. 21, 2021.
Graveside service
02:00 PM
Union - United Methodist Church, The Church at Chelsea Park
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February 22, 2021
Steve and Stan,
I grew up next door to your family and have such fond memories of you all. I mourn along with you in the loss of your mom just as I did when your dad passed away. Your mom was so kind and such fun to be around. My prayers are with you during this sad time.
In loving sympathy,
Tammy Fisher Wilson
February 21, 2021
So sorry to hear of Jean’s passing! Just saw this too late. She was a special lady, a golf and bridge friend for many years when we first moved to Birmingham. Our deepest sympathy to Steve and Jamelle!
John and Pat Heilala
February 21, 2021
So sorry to hear about Jean. She went to school with my mother Dee Zaden Joseph and then we became neighbors. She and Doyle were like my second parents. If there is anyway that someone can send me a message and give me Steve’s phone number that would be great.
205-492-0310. Jean’s classmate Martha Baggett would like to call him. So sorry for your loss. Praying for you all
Jan Joseph
February 21, 2021
Keeping loving memories of Mrs Jean in my heart. She was a dear friend and client. She loved getting her hair done at my salon. We shared some good times going on fun trips that she enjoyed very much. I am glad I got to know her and I will miss her smile. Rest in peace my dear friend.
February 19, 2021
Jean was a great sister to me over the last 74 years. I could not have had a more loving person rolling my hair at age 2. She still wanted me to let my hair grow long so she could roll It in curls. I’m so thankful Larry put a stop to that. She lived a great life and I can’t wait to meet her again .
She will always be in my heart...Jerry
Jerry Turnipseed
February 19, 2021
Such a lovely lady and so much fun. One of my favorite memories is when I was twelve or so, she was the cheerleading coach for the Shades Mountain Mounties. She and I sat in her den floor cutting out and sewing circle skirts for the cheerleaders. I think back to a lifetime of fond memories and just smile. As an older teenager, she and my Mom went through pots of coffee trying to find a combination that I could drink so I could be like them. She will live forever in my heart as my cherished Godmother.
Karen Taunton
February 19, 2021
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