On July 10, 1952 in Mercy County, Tennessee, Jimmie Dell Shields, Jr., affectionately called “Buck”, was born to Sindia Lee (Cockrell) Shields and Jimmie Louis Shields, Sr. Jimmie Sr. preceded him in death. Jimmie was the second oldest of nine siblings to which he preceded them all in death.
Around the age of ten, Jimmie (Buck) moved to St. Louis, Missouri where he lived until his passing. He was educated in the St. Louis Public School System, graduating from Vashon High School.
He confessed a hope in Christ at an early age and was a member of Union Missionary Baptist Church under the leadership of Reverend Covington. He later joined Prince of Peace Baptist Church in St. Louis, Mo.
In 1970, he enlisted into the United States Air Force serving four years and receiving an honorable discharge. Upon his discharge Jimmie would go on to work for what was known as Vestal Laboratories, alongside his dad Jimmie Sr. and Uncle William making hospital cleaning supplies. Upon his retirement from Vestal Laboratories, he worked at a daycare center taking care of and transporting “his kids” as he called them. It was a job where he loved working with the children and they loved him back just as much.
Later in life, Jimmie joined in holy matrimony to Rita Hinton. There were no children born this union. Although their union would later dissolve, they still remained friends.
Jimmie loved to entertain family and friends where he would often show off his cooking and barbecuing skills at family gatherings. He also loved sports (mainly football), cowboy movies and country music. His siblings often joked and laughed at him about his love for country music.
On December 20, 2020 there was a loud sound, a sound that only Jimmie heard. Gabriel the Angel was blowing his trumpet because God was coming. He was looking for a man, not just any man but specifically a man that was a good son, brother, uncle and friend; a man of honor, integrity and courage. So he stopped by 6062 Kingsbury in the middle of the night and asked Jimmie if he was ready to come home and join His army. Jimmie reached out his hand and responded, “I’m ready”.
Jimmie transitioned while in his mother’s loving arms. She knew the angels were there to take him home. She whispered, “Buck, I love you. You can rest now. I’ll be okay and I will see you again one day”. With that, he looked up at her and took his last breath as the angels guided him home.
Jimmie leaves to cherish his memory: his mother Sindia Lee (Cockrell) Shields; sisters, Jessie Mae Shields, Dorothy Mays-Shields (Mark Williams), Jurlean (Shields) Johnson, Mary Virginia Shields and Aretha Annie Shields; brothers, Herman David Shields, William Bill Shields and Tyrone Decatur Shields all of St. Louis, Mo; two loving aunts, Goleather (Shields) Chandler of St. Louis, Mo and Susie Figgers of Dayton, Oh; five nieces, four nephews, and a host of grand-nieces and nephews, cousins and friends.
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