May 9, 2013

Gracious and elegant

Anna Sue Shaw passes away

Charles Oliver

— The quintessential Southern lady.

That’s how ChristChurch Presbyterian Pastor Mickey Shealy describes Anna Sue Shaw.

“She was very unpretentious. She didn’t seek out the spotlight. She loved her family, and she loved her church,” said Shealy, who was her pastor for the past six years.

Shaw, 79, passed away Tuesday after a long battle with cancer.

Born on Oct. 21, 1933, in Rome, Shaw graduated from Rome High School and later attended Shorter College where she studied voice. She married Robert E. “Bob Shaw,” founder of Shaw Industries and currently CEO of Engineered Floors, and moved to Dalton in 1958.

“She did a lot of things for this community that she never got the credit for because she never wanted the credit,” said Dalton Mayor David Pennington.

Shaw and her husband were named Westcott Fellows of Distinction for their support of Hamilton Medical Center and the Whitfield Healthcare Foundation. Their gifts endowed the Shaw Department of Emergency Care and contributed to other major giving campaigns including the Bradley Wellness Center and the Norman D. Burkett Building.

Whitfield County Board of Commissioners member Lynn Laughter was a neighbor of the Shaws for 20 years.

“She was a very gracious and elegant lady, always very friendly,” Laughter said.

Shaw is survived by her husband and their four children: daughter Susan Young and three sons, Robert E. Shaw Jr., Thomas Tripp Shaw and Lewis Clayton Shaw. She is also survived by eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Visitation is today from 10 a.m. to noon at ChristChurch Presbyterian, 510 S. Tibbs Road, with services following in the sanctuary with Shealy officiating.