Thomas Eugene Shaw, aka Gene or Peewee, was born on September 30, 1926 to bless the union of John Henry and Melinda Shaw in McDonough, Georgia. He was the twelfth of thirteen children. He departed this life on February 18, 2021 at 11:45 pm.
Thomas received his education at the Henry County Training School.
He gave his life to Christ at an early age at Bentley Hill United Methodist Church faithfully serving as the church school superintendent and singing in the choir. After migrating to Cincinnati, Ohio, he united with New Hope Baptist Church where he was baptized by Reverend J.M. Stephens.
Thomas was an active member of the Greater New Hope Missionary Baptist Church serving as an ordained deacon, Sunday school teacher, and church clerk. He also sang in the choir, was a member of the men's ministry and the prison ministry, and a loyal attendee of prayer meeting. He also taught the deacons classes for the Cincinnati District Association.
For a number of years, Thomas was in charge of the repast brunches. Even today people still talk about the food he prepared, especially his gravy that so many looked forward to.
Thomas, or Mr. Shaw as he was called was also a pillar of South Cumminsville where he evangelized to many, kept Dreman Avenue clean, and was a member of the South Cumminsville Community Council
Thomas was employed at the Cricket Restaurant for 24 1/2 years and later took a position at the Mike Fink Restaurant as a cook for 17 1/2 years. He retired in 1988 and enjoyed a retirement lasting 33 years.
Thomas was united in Holy Matrimony to Alberta Ellis on July 17, 1947, and to this union ten children were born. Three of these children Thom Jr (2010) Melvin Sr (2019) and Amy Melinda (2004) preceded him in death.
He leaves to cherish his memory his beloved wife of 73 years Alberta, (2) sons Jimmie Goggins (Shirley) of Atlanta Ga., Michael Shaw, (6) daughters, Yvonne Niles, Regina Render, Rachel Betts, Pamela Shaw, Deirdre White of Atlanta Ga. and Leslie Shaw, (1) sister Joyce Halbert of Auburn Hills, MI, (46) grandchildren, (89) great grandchildren, and (28) great great grandchildren. He also leaves a special niece Norma McKnight (Leonard) and special nephew Lamar Shaw of Las Vegas NV, along with his many adopted sons and daughters of the Greater New Hope Missionary Baptist Church, along with a host of relatives and friends.
When asked the secret of a long marriage, Thomas would reply in the words of singer Johnny Taylor, "It's Cheaper to Keep Her".
|Visitation||Spring Grove Funeral Homes||March 1, 2021||10:00 am - 12:00 PM||Directions|
|Graveside Service||Vine Street Hill Cemetery||March 1, 2021||12:30 pm||Directions|