FRANKLIN – James “Jimmy” Shaver, 82, passed away Dec. 30, 2020.
Born in Dallas, Texas to James Roger and Dorothy Smith Shaver, along with his parents he was preceded in death by five brothers and sisters.
Jimmy enjoyed fishing, camping, boating and woodworking. Mr. Shaver was a family man and was of the Catholic faith. Mr. Shaver served in the United States Air Force and the United States Coast Guard for a combined 24 years. Some of Mr. Shaver’s military accomplishments were in 1970 placing third in pistol on the U.S.C.G. rifle team. In 1966 Jimmy crossed the equator with the 180th Meridian on their way to the Arctic Circle. He was also a master electrician in the Coast Guard. Jimmy served on the ice breakers, buoy tenders and rescue ships.
After retiring from the military in 1978 he started his own cabinet making business before moving to Franklin.
He is survived by his wife Jackie Pilkerton Shaver; children, Patricia (Felipe) Lara of Santa Rosa, California, Teresa Shaver (Chip Coleman) of China Grove, North Carolina, Chad (Missa) Pilkerton, Charlie(Robin) Pilkerton, Tommy (Tasha) Pilkerton, all of Franklin, Jeannie Conte of Fonda, New York, and Lynne Dunlavey of Fort Myers, Florida.
Also surviving are 12 grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild; and a sister Patsy Weber of Arlington, Texas.
No services are planned at this time.
In lieu of flowers memorials can be made the Hospice House Foundation of WNC.
Macon Funeral Home is handling the arrangements. Condolences may be made at maconfuneralhome.com.