John L. Shivers Jr.
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John L. Shivers, Jr. age 81 departed this life July 12, 2020. He attended Lincoln Elementary, Froebel and Roosevelt High School where he graduated. John earned a basketball scholarship to Idaho State University in Pocatello, ID. He was instrumental in establishing the first Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity chapter on that campus. He earned a B.A. Degree and returned home to teach. John taught in the Gary public schools (Duncan Elementary), worked in business (General Foods) and various federal programs and became a career coach for the National Urban League. he later went on to earn an M.S. Degree in education from Indiana State University. John worked at South Suburban College South Holland, IL., and completed the Educational Administration Certificate Program at Purdue University Calumet. Then he became Assistant Principal at Gwendolyn Brooks Middle School, District 152, in Harvey, IL where he retired. John enjoyed 40 years of marriage to the love of his life who preceded him in death Jeanette Smith Shivers. John leaves to cherish his memory a loving, devoted sister Barbara (Doyle) Banks of Calumet City, IL; three nephews Derek Johnson, Robert (Debra) Gates and Sidney (Michele) Ivey; three nieces Julia Janine Jenkins, LaShawn Nash and LaJean Jenkins; special cousins Marvin Baker and Imogene Cunningham Lewis, a host of great nephews, great nieces and other relatives and many friends. Visitation Sunday July 19, 2020 from 12 noon to 8:00 p.m. Family hour 7-8:00 p.m. at the Guy & Allen Chapel 2959 W. 11th Ave. Funeral Service will be private. Interment Evergreen Memorial Park.



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Published in Post-Tribune from Jul. 18 to Jul. 19, 2020.
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July 22, 2020
John, Mattie and I served as GBMS administrators with HSD 152. We had a brotherhood and sisterhood that went to the soul of what's implied by being leaders in our communities. We stood tall together;literally and figuratively. His shoes will be and are hard to fill.
Marlon Conway
Coworker
July 21, 2020
An honorable man who mentored countless young men on how to be respectful & decent to one another.He turned my life around.The world just got alot darker. Darrell Taylor
Darrell Taylor
Friend
July 21, 2020
Very strong man, met him through his wife, who was my client. Condolences to the family
Felicia Thomas
Acquaintance
July 21, 2020
A gentleman and a scholar. Rest In Peace, John Shivers.
Judi Curran
July 21, 2020
My Condolences goes out to Barbara and the Shivers Family. I have known Mr Shivers for many years. I worked under his wife Jeanette Shivers a beautiful and kind personfor 21yrs as my Principal at Dist 152.5. During that time I learned that Mr Shivers was from my home State Alabama.My last gathering With Mr Shivers was at Olive Garden Restaurant for our end of the year Teachers Celebration( Dist 152.5) in Matterson,Illinois. Mr Shivers was by numerous of people's. Gone but not forgotten.R.I.P. Mr Shivers. Mrs Alice Malloy
July 20, 2020
My deepest condolences.

I met Mr. Shivers in 1998 as a first year teacher in Harvey at Brooks Middle School. Mr. Shivers was always stern but fair with not only students but staff as well. Mr. Shivers always encouraged our students to choose to see the best in themselves. He stayed in touch with many of the male students he mentored through academics and well as through sports. As a young new teacher, words of encouragement always followed his constructive criticism which was always received well.

After his retirement, Mr. Shivers continued to visit Brooks. His presence was always poised and charismatic. I always looked for Mr. Shivers in our local grocery store for a brief chat.

His memory will continue to live on and his legacy of help others will forever be felt by many.
Karen Moore
Coworker
July 20, 2020
To Barbara and Family,

I remember John.
We sang in the church choir and he was a mild but strong encouraging man. I enjoyed our conversations.
He loved his wife and family.
RIP, you fought an awesome fight.
Family and love ones, May God Comfort and give you peace in the days ahead. God Cares.

Jeannie Greer
Palmdale, Ca.
Jeannie M Greer
Friend
July 20, 2020
Rest in power Mr. Shivers. My condolences and prayers to the family.
TIEDRA WHITE
Teacher
July 20, 2020
My name is Tyranne Mitchell, Shivers as we called him was with me from Jr high school until this point in my life. He encouraged me to keep going and finish my RN degree. I finished and he was the first person I brought my degree to. Didn't get a chance to hear his thoughts but as always I know they were always going to be encouraging. From the basketball court to being a productive husband and father....Shivers has always been there for me.
Tyranne Mitchell
Student
July 20, 2020
John Shivers Jr was one of my favorite cousins growing up in Gary, Indiana becuz he taught me a lot about LIFE and growing up to be a MAN over at Gary Roosevelt High School. I know that I will miss him so very much becuz we had some pretty intelligent conversations back in those Days. Thank you for you and the Words that came out of your Mouth that made me a better person today for my Wife and my 2 Daughters.
Richard L. Shivers Jr.
Family
July 19, 2020
My deep heartfelt condolences to Barbara,and the Shivers family.
John was the big brother I didn't have growing up ,a mentor to me ,
someone I could share my deepest thoughts with and get clear
directions afterwards. We shared the love and passion for Basketball
and Football which we both played . I can still remember the meals at
John's Parents house and the yeast rolls that John's Mother made that
were finger licking good. RIP my friend I will see you again one day.
Bob Eskew
Friend
July 19, 2020
To The Family of John Shivers:
No one can prepare for a loss. However, you can take comfort in knowing that your loved one is now resting in the arms of our Lord, and you now have an angel watching over you. Please accept our deepest condolences for your loss and God bless your family.
Aurelia & Gregory Weaver
Friend
July 19, 2020
I will always remember John in the games he played against Froebel. I traveled from Milwaukee to watch him play.
Doris Armstrong
July 19, 2020
This is such a loss for our family. I have so many incredible memories of cousin John coming over, sometimes alone, sometimes with cousin Jeanette & those were some of my favorite visits. Going to their house to see fireworks on the 4th growing up was another treat. Watching my parents get dressed up to have a great evening out with cousins John and Jeanette...His laugh and awesome hugs that left his cologne lingering on your cheek...the things he would say, all the joy he brought with him... its just so MANY awesome memories.
May God bless you with eternal peace cousin John. Our love to Barbara and the rest of our amazing family. May you be comforted with a peace that only God can give so generously until you see him again.

Love always,
Cousin Nicole (Berry) Scott & Family
Nicole
Family
July 19, 2020
I have wonderful memories of John and the Shivers Family. John is and always be family. My Mom (Margie Willis) and I will miss you dearly John. To my Aunt Barbara Banks, I Love You and Im praying for you and the family. May God be with you and the family may God give you strength durning your time of bereavement. Rest in Power, Peace and Love John Until You Rise Again Love You♥
Cynthia Buchanan
Family
July 19, 2020
e was a wonderful and friendly person our families spent holidays together.Gladys, Billie, and Rosette. To Barbara and the family much love and stay strong. John completed his assignment and is with the Lord.
Geraldine Shackelford Starks
Friend
July 19, 2020
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Horace Matthews
Friend
July 18, 2020
Dear Barbara -

John was a great son, wonderful brother, loving husband, loyal friend, committed educator, and involved community Leader.

May God comfort you, strengthen you, and give you peace.

Your life long friend and sister in Christ,
Merrilene (and Angie)
Merrilene Ramsey
July 18, 2020
I was so proud of my cousin... I will really miss him...
Karen K.Gatlin
Family
July 18, 2020
John Shivers was a great friend and mentor to me. Will be miss very much played basketball with him chilled out with him afterward cool man. Give you the shirt off his back is he think you deserve it. Lots of fun memories R.I.P see you on the other side ROE. Bernard SCRAPPY Millard
Bernard Millard
Friend
July 18, 2020
To the Shivers Family,
Sorry to hear about the passing of John. He was one of my basketball buddies and a good friend. He will be missed.
Ken Dungee
Friend
July 18, 2020
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Tara Fountain
July 18, 2020
Coach and friend John Silvers Jr wonderful ma will be miss in my ❤ always had good advice for me as a young man I had the pleasure of playing basketball with him a fierce compatible nice jump shoot just a all around good person would give you the shirt off his back if he figure you deserve it R I P my good friend Bernard Scrappy Millard
Bernard Millard sr
Friend
July 18, 2020
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.
Anonymous... Gary, IN
Acquaintance
July 18, 2020
To the family, my condolences. John was a beloved classmate. He had a sly sense of humor, a laugh that was comic in itself. Where ever we met. I would always tell him, I'm glad I know you. He will be missed by all that knew him. May GOD continue to bless the family.
Zenobia Hodges
Classmate
July 18, 2020
Grief can be so hard, but our special memories help us cope. Remembering you and your loved one today and always.
Ruby Moore
Acquaintance
July 17, 2020
Dear Barbara and family,
We are so sad to know that you have lost your dear brother, John. He will always be remembered for his kindness, loyalty and determination. May the love of God and friends comfort you in this time of loss.
Carolyn Coleman Dillon
Classmate
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