Dr. Edward Franklin Shaver Jr.

February 23, 1929February 18, 2014

Edward Franklin Shaver, Jr. of Charlotte died Tuesday, February 18, 2014, six days before his 85th birthday.

He was born in Tampa, Florida on February 23, 1929, the only son of Edward Franklin Shaver M.D. and Faye O'Neal Shaver. At the age of two, after the death of his mother, he lived with his aunt and uncle in Bonifay, Florida, and always looked back on those days with great pleasure. It was an idyllic childhood.

He was a graduate of Staunton Military Academy, Staunton, Virginia and from Florida State University, where he was a member of the Kappa Alpha fraternity. After graduating from college he joined the United States Air Force, obtaining a commission through the O.C.S. program. He flew forty combat missions in his B-29 heavy bombardment group over North Korea. After the war, he helped set up the B-57 Canberra flight school program and wrote a booklet on flight mission planning which was later adopted and published by the US Air Force.

When he was released from active duty, he entered Tulane University School of Medicine and was a member of Phi Chi Medical fraternity. He completed his internship at Charity Hospital in New Orleans, Louisiana and did his residency at Harvard University School of Medicine, Boston, Mass., training as a head and neck surgeon, and then received a teaching and research fellowship in Otology-Neurology at Baylor School of Medicine, Houston, Texas.

He opened his practice in Charlotte in 1964. His primary interest was in Neurotology, and he became one of the pioneers in this field in the Southeast. He served on the boards of the Mecklenburg County Medical Society, the Charlotte Speech and Hearing Center, and was President of the Mercy Hospital medical staff and the Mecklenburg chapter of the American Cancer Society. He was active in the Triological and Neurological Societies, both of which consist of a small number of academic and clinical practitioners from all parts of the world. He also volunteered at MedAssist for many years.

He was a man of great strength of character and of deep Christian faith, an elder, deacon and Sunday School teacher at Myers Park Presbyterian Church and a long-time member of the Rhodes-Johnston Bible Class. He loved God, his country and his family. A true son of the South, he was happiest on a trout stream, or working his dog on a quail hunt or duck hunt at the coast. He also enjoyed competing at field trials with his Labrador retrievers. He never lost his love of flying and happily piloted his own plane for years. At different times in his life he played tennis and a weekly frustrating game of golf at the Charlotte Country Club. He never met a stranger.

He is survived by his wife, the former Beverly Parker King and their children: Edward Franklin Shaver III, Bradley O'Neal Shaver, Read Carson Van de Water and her husband Mark Edward Carson Van de Water, Christina Carson Evans and her husband Bruce McKay Evans, James Weston Shaver and Page Carson Rogers; grandchildren, Parker Christina Carson Van de Water, Mary Hunter O'Neal Shaver, John Edward Carson Van de Water, Anne Pierson Shaver, Logan Elizabeth Carson Van de Water, Elizabeth McKay Evans, Liam Stribling Shaver, Andrew King Evans and John Jackson Evans.

The family is deeply appreciative of the kindness and excellent care from Novant Hospital professionals Jackie Spann and Nancy Miller, and many others at Hospice who have offered help when needed. We will always be thankful for the skill, dedication and friendship of Dr. Stuart Garner and Dr. William Bock.

The funeral services will be held at Myers Park Presbyterian Church on Friday, Feb. 21st at 2:00 pm. In case of inclement weather, valet parking will be available at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to: MedAssist of Mecklenburg, 601 E. 5th Street, Charlotte, NC 28202; Tulane School of Medicine, 1430 Tulane Avenue, New Orleans, Louisiana 70112; or Myers Park Presbyterian Church, 2501 Oxford Place, Charlotte, NC 28207.


  • Celebration of Life Friday, February 21, 2014

Dr. Edward Franklin Shaver Jr.

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September 17, 2014

I would like to send my prayers to Mrs. Shaver and Family. I worked for Dr Shaver from 1990 until 1995, when he retired. He was a great employer and such a caring and compassionate person. I have thought of him often over the years. He will be missed by many.
Susan Jones

Robb Austin

August 8, 2014

Dr. Shaver is a person missed by everyone who came to know him. He was the person we all wanted to be: friendly, warm, appreciative, understanding, caring, and interested in the well-being of friends, or acquaintances. I think of him often, and always will.

Randi and Scott Simon

March 10, 2014

To Mrs. Shaver and Family.
We wanted to sends hugs and our thoughts to you at this time in means of comfort. Scott and I have known so many of your family from different places at different times through out the years. We hope you all can comfort each other and remember happy times together. Those thoughts and memories will keep him with you always. Hugs again to you all. Take care. ?? Randi and Scott Simon

Beverly Howell

March 5, 2014

We have fond memories of the days that "Sonny" lived in Bonifay with his aunt and uncle. My thoughts and prayers are extended to the family at this time. I'm sure you will have fond memories over the next few years as you remember many events that happened in your life.

Patricia Potter

February 23, 2014

To the family of Dr. Edward Shaver I would like to extend my deepest condolences. I worked for Dr. Shaver for seven years as a Medical Technologist. He was a wonderful man and employer. He will be greatly missed.

John Hebert

February 23, 2014

He operated on me when I was 19 years old and the reason i am here today at 60 years old. God bless him and his family! He will be missed!

Terean Melvin

February 22, 2014

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow. May his momeory live on forever in your hearts. I'm so sorry for your loss.

Ray Jones

February 21, 2014

Dr. Shaver was a great friend and neighbor, and I will miss him. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Anne Miller

February 21, 2014

So sorry for your loss. Such a wonderful physician to work with in the OR. A true gentle man. May fond memories soon make you smile. Sisters Nancy and Anne

Mark Davis

February 21, 2014

When I was a child I had frequent ear infections. A relative in our family had been referred to Dr. Shaver by someone from Johns Hopkins. Mother took me to see Dr. Shaver and I saw him regularly each time I had an ear infection. I still remember how painful those episodes were and how I knew that once I saw Dr. Shaver he would take care of it. In the 7th grade Dr. Shaver put tubes in my ears and I have never had another ear problem. I will be 57 years old this year and I still remember what a kind and gentle man Dr. Shaver was and how well he treated my mother and me. Mother knew she could call him at any time and he would always answer the phone. We were saddened to hear that he had passed away. He was a fine man and a great doctor. God Bless Your Family