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William D. Shields

September 19, 1975October 26, 2020
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William D. "Billy" Shields passed away on Monday, October 26, 2020. Billy is survived by his mother, Donna Shields; two uncles, Stacy Thomas and Everett Shields; and many cousins. Billy is preceded in death by his father, William "Bill" Shields, his grandparents Damon and Ruth Shields; and Chester and Evelyn Thomas. A graduate of Fieldale-Collinsville High School, class of '94, Billy attended Coastal Carolina University and was finishing up an undergraduate degree in Psychology at Liberty University. An artist by nature, Billy started a career in retail as a display designer for Belk, where he worked for many years, before transitioning to a job with Macy's in Virginia Beach and Lynchburg. An Instructional Aide with Henry County Public Schools, Billy's passion was supporting student learning and well-being. As the SPICE facilitator for Spencer-Penn and Sanville, Billy loved his students and celebrated their accomplishments, big and small. And Billy valued his friends and fellow teachers in the school system. In his final semester at Liberty University, Billy's dream was to transition into a counseling position with an organization serving youth. If you knew Billy, you know that his mom, Donna, is his best friend, his travel buddy, his confidant. Billy planned trips around places he and his mom wanted to see and also around places that would make his mom happy. They took annual birthday celebration trips to Myrtle Beach, and many trips to Las Vegas and a more recent journey to Niagara Falls. Those nearest and dearest to Billy will remember him for his smile, his fondness for Dolly Parton’s music, love of his late feline friend, Truman, his joy in bringing his new feline companion, Butterscotch, to his home, and his many close friendships, especially Crystal Turner. A lifelong member of Pleasant Grove Christian Church, Billy attended services with his grandmother and mom through the years. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider making a donation to Sanville Elementary School, 19 Sanville School Road, Bassett, Virginia 24055.

A floating visitation will be held at Collins Funeral Home, 30 Riverside Drive, Bassett, VA on Saturday, October 31, 2020 from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM.

Online condolences may be made to www.Mckeestonefuneralhomebassett.com.

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Teresa Jamison

November 1, 2020

I met Billy at Belks. What a special young man he was. I knew this right away that’s why every time I went there I asked where is Billy working. After Belks I saw him occasionally out and about and he always spoke to me and had to give a hug. God now has an angel. RIP Billy. You will be missed. Donna. I am so sorry for your loss. You raised a special young man. God be with you.

Katie Mays

October 31, 2020

I will miss you so much sweet Billy. I will miss my early morning Happy Birthday email from you tomorrow. You sent me one every year. I wish you were here sharing a slice of peanut butter cake with me. I love you.

Melissa Smith

October 29, 2020

There are so many stories to share about Billy. He could always put a smile on your face and help you to forget your problems, either through conversation or food. He had a big heart for his friends, family, coworkers and all the kids. They looked up to and respected him, and on many occasions the kids would state he smells real good too! He was a great blessing to my boys during their time at Sanville. Our Sanville family won’t be the same!

Rev. Bobby Rakes

October 29, 2020

Thank you for the service that you gave to the children at Sanville Elementary School and for all the contributions you made in activities. You will be well remembered for you kindness.

Sandra Vernon

October 29, 2020

Donna, what else can be said, everyone that has ever met Billy loved him. He will never be forgotten. Love you and prayers for you. I will never forget Bill nor Billy.

Jennifer Solomon

October 29, 2020

We are so sorry Billy is one of a kind a very special guy he is loved and he will be miss .love and prayers .Jennifer and Elvin

Kelly Laham

October 29, 2020

Growing up, some of my fondest memories are our Sundays at Granny Lou’s house where all the Hensley clan gathered for lunch. As I’ve gotten older, this is one tradition that I have greatly missed. Donna and Bill were the hippest couple and just gorgeous and handsome in my eyes in the 70s and I watched little Billy grow up into a teenager before I left home. He didn’t really remember me but I always remembered him and we reconnected several years ago when he and Donna were at Dollywood. We have stayed in touch since that time texting back-and-forth hoping to catch each other when we were both visiting the mountains. I will miss him and his visits with Donna. I cannot imagine how much your heart is broken Donna- losing Bill and Billy in a week’s time, alongside your lifelong grief of losing Dale. Please know that you are in our prayers- that God will provide you comfort and peace during this tragedy. When you are ready to travel again, we have plenty of room here at the beach and at our place in Tennessee. Would love to meet you there and remember Billy with you. Much love and comfort sent to you. ❤️

Natasha Rodgers

October 28, 2020

Billy always seemed to be smiling. I remember thinking to myself the last time I saw him, "He just seems to shine whenever I see him". I also know how very close he was to his Mama and how much he cherished her. Donna, my prayers are with you constantly. I can't BEGIN to imagine the depth of your sorrow. Just know that so many are lifting you up to the Father and covering you in an abundance of love.

Gerri Hensley

October 28, 2020

I’ve had the pleasure of being his cousin! I’ve never saw him when he wasn’t smiling! He was a good son, a best friend to his Mom, a good man, he love his Granny & he was loved by the kids at Sanville Elementary School. He always had a kind word, pat on the back, or just sharing a common movie or book with the kids. My grandchildren will miss him tremendously there as we all will miss him in our family! My prayers go out to Donna! We love you & are praying for you thru this difficult time. Love Always, Gerri Pauline

glenda Scott

October 28, 2020

I am so fortunate to be a friend of Donna's and therefore met Billy on many of our outings to eat, see plays, pray to get through a snow storm safely....We did thank you Lord.... He was so much fun to be around.. and I know Donna is hurting very deeply. I pray God will stay with her and keep her strong. My love goes out to her

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