Dr. B.L. "Buddy" Shaw
1933 - 2018
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Dr. B. L. "Buddy" Shaw

Shreveport, LA - Dr. B. L. "Buddy" Shaw was born on September 6, 1933 and raised in the rural community of Jamestown, LA. He passed away peacefully on January 18, 2018 at the age of 84. His mother and father's influence instilled a deep and abiding faith in God.

After graduating from Jamestown High School, he went on to receive his B.S. and M.S. degrees from Northwestern State University, and an Ed.D. degree from Louisiana State University. He served in the United States Army, and upon returning to civilian life, he sought to continue to make a substantial impact on his community and pursued a career in education.

He served in various roles throughout Caddo Parish Schools where he began in 1956 as a classroom teacher at Hamilton Terrace Junior High School. Buddy went on to become an assistant principal of Youree Drive Junior High School in 1965, but his most prized role began when he was appointed principal of C.E. Byrd High School from 1970 to 1986. While serving as principal he was named a Danforth Fellow, an appointment which required an in-depth study for improving the school where he was principal. From this study came a comprehensive renovation of C.E. Byrd High School and the birth of the math/science magnet school. In 2000, Buddy as a former principal was inducted into the Byrd High School Hall of Fame.

Following retirement, he served on the Caddo Parish School Board from 1987 to 1994, also as the School Board president in 1992. He served on the Louisiana School Boards Association from 1989 to 1994 and led the association as President. Also, Buddy served on the Northwestern State University Board and East Texas Baptist University Board of Trustees. He had the pleasure of working as a Senior Admissions Counselor for East Texas Baptist University. Buddy's desire to see students reach their God-given potential led him to establish scholarship opportunities at each institution he touched - endowments which continue to this day through the C.E. Byrd Alumni Association, Northwestern StateUniversity and East Texas Baptist University. Buddy was a member of the East Shreveport Rotary International.

With over 38 years of service to the community in public education and local politics, he made a commitment to further serve his community and state, and was elected in 1995 to the Louisiana State House of Representatives, District 6, which he served until 2004. Buddy decided in 2007 to run for the Louisiana State Senate, District 37, where he served from 2008-2012. On the House floor, Buddy was known for his no nonsense approach coupled with quick wit. He consistently advocated for government efficiencies but strongly urged his colleagues to never do so at the expense of public education.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Levi and Iva (Nix) Shaw; brother, Milton Franklin Shaw; sister, Helen Shaw Lamborn and husband Clifford; brother-in-law, James Goss; and son, Edward Minor.

Survivors include his wife Dr. Mary Ann Neff Shaw; daughters Stephanie Shaw, Mary Jane Lowder and husband, Charles; son, Chris Minor; grandsons, Charles "Preston" Lowder, IV and wife Sarah, Dr. James David Lowder and wife Katie; great-grandchildren, Mary Ellen Lowder, Molly Elizabeth Lowder, Charles "Charlie" Preston Lowder V, and Huck Shaw Lowder all of Shreveport; sister, Geri Goss; and a number of nieces, nephews and friends.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, January 24, 2018, from 9:00 -10:00 a.m. followed by a 10:30 a.m. service at First Presbyterian Church, 900 Jordan St, Shreveport, LA 71101, under the direction of Rev. Dr. Chris Currie, Rev. R. Rhodes Stipp, and Dr. Tom Harrison. There will be another visitation from 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. followed by a 2:30 p.m. service held at the Jamestown Baptist Church, 5852 LA-154, Jamestown, LA 71045, under the direction of Rev. Everett Geis, Sr., with the burial proceeding at Providence Cemetery in Ringgold, LA.

Honoring Buddy as pallbearers are Collins Nix, Gary Warren, Charles Williams, Bob Neff, Gordon Blackman, Doug Caulkins, Bobby Conly, Allen Shaw, Daniel Goss, Richard Pullig, Ray Germany and Frank Stawasz. Honorary pallbearers are Harry Miley, Don Bamburg, Larry Shaw, Tommy Bailiff, Lane White, Loyd Todd, Elvis Culberthouse, Doug Hanby, Powell Layton and Robert Deloch.

In lieu of flowers, the family wishes for donations to be made to the C.E. Byrd High School Alumni Association - Dr. B.L. Shaw Student Scholarship Fund, 3201 Line Avenue, Shreveport, LA 71104.

"O God, I am a man - not Divine - not God. I am a man - I like all men shall die. Between birth and death, I shall face problems and joys. I shall experience the garment of emotions from love to hate to fear and often all the emotions shall be so mixed. Life is very difficult. But like all men I am immortal - not of my will but of the will of the Creator God. I unlike some men but also like many men face the transition of death with faith in Jesus Christ that "He" will deliver me ultimately into a perfect and righteous relationship with my Heavenly Father. Herein lies my hope that bringeth peace out of utter despair.

Amen." - Dr. B.L. "Buddy" Shaw December 7th, 1974.

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Published in Shreveport Times from Jan. 21 to Jan. 24, 2018.
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January 6, 2019
Elliott James John, Jr.
April 17, 2018
Dr. Shaw was my teacher at Hamilton Terrace Jr. High. I can remember how much I loved his classes to this day! His life is an inspiration and an example of Service. Rest in peace Dr Shaw. My prayers are with the entire family.
C. E. Byrd class, 1963
Tessa Thompson Sherman
January 30, 2018
Much respect.
Alice Faye Simmons
January 30, 2018
Mary Ann, My thoughts and prayers are with you and your wonderful family. God bless you all.
Mrs. Jim (Judy) Butler
January 24, 2018
Mary Ann,

I will always remember the good times I shared with you and Buddy and "the Picadilly Club" while serving in the Louisiana Legislature. You were such a beautiful couple and will always be among my fondest memories of "good people" that became my legislative friends!

God bless you until we visit again...

Tommy Wright
Jena, Louisiana
Thomas Wright
January 24, 2018
Mary Ann and family:

I am sincerely sorry for your loss. I hope that your good memories will help you through this time of grief.

Charlene Handford Barlow
Huntsville, Alabama
Charlene Handford Barlow
January 24, 2018
Buddy Shaw was ALWAYS a gentleman and a delight to work with pertaining to my experiences. He will be missed by MANY. Best thoughts to his family for sharing him with so many.
January 23, 2018
Such wonderful memories of his laughter and his love of children no matter their age! He and MaryAnn are true witnesses of love and family!

Lisa and Bruce Lonsberry- TX
January 23, 2018
Dr. B. L. Shaw was my principal at C.E. Byrd High School in the late 1970s. I have good memories of those impactful years because of his leadership. Our school thrived under his direction and, by extension, so did we. I'll forever proudly be a Yellow Jacket because of the great experience Dr. Shaw created during his tenure. His legacy will continue because his impact was so great. Condolences to the family. We all mourn with you.
Class, 1979
Lorna Stringer Rawls
January 23, 2018
I cannot say enough good things about this man. He was close friends with my family for many years. In 1970-71 he became my hero after becoming principal at C.E. Byrd. Buddy Shaw handled a difficult situation with grace. Recently he became my hero again...helping me when I needed it most. I haven't been able to load pictures yet but will keep trying.
Yvonne Burns
January 22, 2018
Dr Shaw was an inspiration to me as well as so many others. It amazed me that he knew everyone of his students by name and had a genuine care about our success. He encouraged me to go into nursing school and share my compassion. Rest in peace Dr Shaw....
Ruthie Caliup
January 22, 2018
My prayers and sympathy are with the entire family. I was a student at CE Byrd when he was there and loved him. He also was a friend of my parents. God Bless Dr. Mary and Mary Jane and Charles and Preston .

One day at a time going forward and treasure the memories.
Susan Frybarger
January 22, 2018
Thank you, Sir, for a life well lived. Your service to your community and our state is remembered and appreciated.
Rita Harris
January 22, 2018
May you rest in peace. My thoughts and prayers for the family and friends.
Angela Leggett
January 21, 2018
The Final Salute

Brothers in Arms, Military men and women down through the centuries, have traditionally exchanged Hand Salutes as a sign of recognition and as a way to render courtesy and respect one to another.

This Hand Salute is the last that we shall render to B. L. (Buddy) Shaw our Brother-in-Arms. To his family it symbolizes the love and respect that we have for Buddy. To Buddy it is rendered as a symbol of honor and gratitude to thank him for the devoted and selfless service he rendered to his country while serving in the U.S. Army. Buddy, we commend you for your honorable service. You are a true patriot, who served with honor and distinction. You upheld the finest qualities of an American patriot warrior: courage, commitment, generosity, sacrifice, love and devotion to family and country. You were a true friend. We bid you a sad farewell. You will be dearly missed from among our ranks. Be at Ease. Rest in Peace.

On behalf of the 961 military veteran Legionnaires of Lowe-McFarlane Post 14 of the American Legion and the 233 veterans of VFW Post 2238 in Shreveport, Louisiana, we extend our sympathies and our condolences to Buddy's family and loved ones.

Dennis Engdahl, Commander, American Legion Post 14
5315 South Lakeshore Drive, Shreveport, LA 71109

Charles Livingston, Commander, VFW Post 2238
1245 Gary Street, Shreveport, LA 71101
For the Commanders, Carroll R. Michaud
January 21, 2018
Working with Buddy was a delightful experience. One of the things that I would add that the obituary did not mention was his wonderful sense of humor that was always present. I can see him walking into meetings smiling.
Dorothy Bird Gwin
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