James H. Shaw, age 85 passed away on July 21, 2014 surrounded by family in Amelia Island, Fla.

James H. Shaw, age 85 passed away on July 21, 2014 surrounded by family in Amelia Island, Fla. He was born March 8, 1929 in Monmouth, the son of the late Lee and Pauline (Bevans) Shaw. He was united in marriage to Audrey Bell on Dec. 20, 1951 in Aledo.


Jim Shaw was raised in Aledo, and educated in the public school system. He graduated from the University of Iowa in 1952 where he was a member of the Sigma Chi social fraternity. He proudly served in the United States Navy from 1952-1954.


He started his career in the retail industry with Allied Stores Inc. and held various positions in several locations from 1954-1969. In 1969 he joined John Wanamaker in Philadelphia, Pa. and was promoted to Senior Vice President, General Merchandise Manager prior to leaving in 1975. He accepted a position at Saks Fifth Avenue in New York City as one of the first Senior Vice President, General Merchandise Managers. Five years later he joined J. B. Ivey Co in Charlotte, N.C. He held the position of President and later served as Chairman and CEO. In 1989 he retired to Amelia Island.


In Charlotte, Jim’s civic activities were numerous. He was on the Board of Directors of the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra Society and the Science Museum of Charlotte Inc. and served as President of both organizations. He was on the Board of Directors of Arts and Science Council, worked on the Annual Fund Campaign and was the General Chairman. He was a recipient of the Arts and Science Council Vanguard Award for Corporate Philanthropy. He also served as the Director of the Mercy Hospital Foundation and was Chairman for one term. He also served on the Board of Directors of the Central YMCA, the Greater Charlotte Chamber of Commerce, the United Way of Central Carolinas Inc., the World 600 Festival Charlotte Speedway and the City Board for North Carolina National Bank. He also held seats on corporate boards; Fredrick Atkins Inc. NYC, Conso International and The Cato Corporation.


Jim was a life long member of the Presbyterian Church. He was an active member of the First Presbyterian Church in Fernandina Beach, Fla. where he served as an Elder. He was Chairman of the Finance Committee and the Endowment Trust Fund. He was a founding participant in the planning and development of the Columbarium located at the church. In addition, he also served on the Nassau County Board of Directors for the American Cancer Society, participated on the committee for the Annual Take a Swing for Cancer Golf Tournament and was very active with Micah’s Place.


His beloved wife Audrey, his brother Richard D. Shaw, his sister-in-law Dorothy Nicholson and his parents preceded him in death. He will be missed by his daughters Terry (Broderick) Reynolds, Molly (Brian) Bunting all of Princeton, N.J., Kathy Hummer of Sewell, N.J.; his son Kent Shaw and his daughter-in-law Debbie Shaw of Cincinnati, Ohio and four grandchildren, Sarah and Evan Shaw, Katie (Eddie) Keith and Andrew Hummer; nephews Steve (Jan) Shaw and family of Las Vegas, Nev. and Tom (Dawn) Shaw and family of San Diego, Calif. and many friends.


July 24 a memorial service took place at the First Presbyterian Church 19 North Sixth Street, Fernandina Beach, Fla. with Rev. Dr. Douglas R. Ganyo officiating. A graveside service will be held in the near future in Aledo.


In lieu of flowers, gifts in Jim’s memory may be made to the First Presbyterian Church Columbarium Fund, or First Presbyterian Church Endowment Trust Fund, 9 North Sixth Street, Fernandina Beach FL 32034.


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