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James O'Neil Shaw Jr.

James O'Neil Shaw Jr. Obituary
WILLIAMSBURG - Devoted husband, loving father, and cherished friend Dr. James O. Shaw Jr, 70, of Williamsburg went to be with Jesus for all of eternity on Wednesday, July 29th. He spent the past 18 years fighting the cancer demons but no more! He is forever at peace and with his Savior. Dr. Shaw led a disciplined and fruitful life, graduating first in his class at Varina High School, first at Randolph Macon College, and first from the Medical College of Virginia. He even turned down an appointment to the Air Force Academy to remain close to his sweetheart Cooka, whom he fell in love with in the eighth grade and recently celebrated his 50th wedding anniversary with. From medical school he went on to Yale University for his internship and residency and then a fellowship at the University of California, San Diego. While in California, Dr. Shaw did cancer research at Scripps Institute. In 1977, he and his family moved to San Antonio, Texas where he accepted a faculty position with the University of Texas and enjoyed teaching pulmonary medicine. In 1982, Dr. Shaw found his way home to Virginia and joined Dr. Laurie Moore in Pulmonary practice at Riverside Hospital. He practiced pulmonary medicine and worked in critical care for 16 years. 20 years ago, Dr. Shaw and his wife founded the Lackey Free Clinic in a vacant church Sunday school room. Moved by a calling from God, Jim Shaw never wavered in his faith or his determination to fulfill the mission he set down for Lackey: to provide skilled, compassionate health care and counseling to the medically disadvantaged in a manner that honors the name of Jesus Christ. The Lackey Free Clinic currently sees over 12,500 patients a year offering medical, dental, mental health and specialty services in a modern facility with state-of-the-art equipment. Dr. Shaw is survived by his beloved wife of 50 years Cooka; his son Travis and his wife Jennie of Richmond; his daughter Ashley of Seattle; and grandchildren Hayden, Avery and Walker. He also leaves a brother Chris and his wife Cheryl of Richmond, brother-in-law Russell, sister-in-law Mary and many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. A celebration of his life will be held at the Williamsburg Community Chapel on Sunday, August 9th at 3pm. Memorial gifts in Dr. Shaw's memory can be made to the Lackey Free Clinic, 1620 Old Williamsburg Rd., Yorktown, VA 23690 or www.lackeyclinic.org.
Published in Virginia Gazette on July 31, 2015
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