RRSpin – William Ira Shaw
William Ira Shaw was born to Caswell Eure Shaw Sr. and Naomi Dickens Shaw and raised in Halifax NC.
There he led an idyllic and charmed life with his older brother Caswell Eure Shaw Jr.
William Ira, as he was affectionately known by his family and friends in North Carolina, was a Boy Scout and earned his Eagle Scout title. He attended Halifax Elementary School, Weldon High School, and then Georgia State University, where he played sports and wrestled.
Around 1966 he moved to Kentucky where he became known as Bill Shaw. Over the next 55 years, he fell in love with Bluegrass State and called it home.
He was a salesman and created several businesses throughout his life, starting with insurance, a Dude ranch, a real estate broker, a bed & breakfast and horse farm tours, but his real passion was farm development. equestrian, that was all he loved in one. .
He never met a stranger, if you didn’t know him when you first met him you were kissing cousins the moment you broke up.
He was always thinking of the next big idea. He was a dreamer and always dreamed big. He loved horses and all that Kentucky had to offer and loved to share that love with anyone who wanted to listen to him.
He loved his cowboy hat and Stetson boots and he looked great in them! He knew how to dance and was an incredible lead, he could “cut a stack” with the best of them.
I stood in line several times to dance with him. He knew how to cook, make an average Brunswick stew and of course a steak! He had a beautiful voice and knew how to sing and auctioneer.
He was a connoisseur of classical music and appreciated a good pianist and a piano bar. I pray that he has found his friends in heaven and that they dance and sing “Georgia” at the grand piano bar in the sky!
He was predeceased by his father Caswell Eure Shaw Sr. and his mother Naomi Dickens Shaw.
He is survived by his daughter Ginger DeSha Shaw Adams, his granddaughters Mahalia “Hallie” DeSha (16) and Charlotte Ann Adams (14). His brother Reverend Caswell Eure Shaw Jr., his wife Pat, his nephews Glenn (Elspeth) and David (Marsha) Shaw and their beautiful families.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, November 20, 2021 at 12:30 p.m. at the Halifax United Methodist Church Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement Farm in Georgetown, Ky.