James Robert “BIG DADDY” Shields, 64, of Wilmington, NC, passed away unexpectedly with a heart attack while at work on Wednesday, January 9, 2013.
Mr. Shields was born in Clinton, NC, to the late Robert Frederick Shields and Marianna Herring Shields. He was employed by Capital Ford and was of the Baptist faith. He was an accomplished musician/lead guitarist known to many as “Big Daddy”. He was an avid sports fan, especially the
ACC, NC Tarheels, and the Carolina Panthers.
Survivors include his loving wife of 30 years, Sandra Cranford Shields; one son, Robert Shields and wife, Stacey, of Knightdale, NC; sister in law, Cindy Swink of Greensboro; two brothers in law, Rick Cranford of Hildebran, NC, and Randy Cranford of Loganville, GA; and his babies, Bella, Prince, and Spice.
The family will receive friends from 6-8 PM, Saturday, at Wilmington Funeral Chapel.
Funeral services will be 1 PM, Sunday, at Wilmington Funeral Chapel. Graveside services will be 3:30 PM, Sunday, at Clinton Cemetery, Clinton, NC.
Mr. Shields has requested that funeral attendees wear bright colors to his service.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to New Hanover Humane Society, 2405 N. 23rd St., Wilmington, NC, 28401.
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Wilmington Funeral & Cremation, 1535 S. 41st Street, Wilmington, NC 28403 910.791.9099