Charles Willard ShaversToday we celebrate the life of Charles Willard Shavers, lovingly called “Billy” by his family. Billy was born in Tampa, florida on January 2, 1941 (the army states that he was born on January 29, 1941 to the late Johnny Lee Shavers Sr. and the late Rubye Shavers Tarrant Harris. As a toddler, Billy moved to Toledo, Ohio with his parents. He was educated in the Toledo Public School System, graduating from Jessup W. Scott High School. After graduating, he joined the United States Army.

Billy was very proud of his military career and was honored to serve his country. He served two tours of duty in Vietnam, and later served in Germany and Korea. While in the army, Billy earned the ‘.\Jational Defense Service Metal, the Vietnam Service Medal with four Sen1ice Stars, The Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, two Overseas Service bars, Good Conduct Medal Third award, Army Commendation Medal with four Oak Leaf Clusters, and the Marksman (rifle M-16) Award.

After more than 20 years of service in the army, Billy retired while at Fort Sill Arn1y Base, Lawton, Oklahoma. He lived in Lawton until 2007, when favorite cousin, Yvonne “Bonnie” Wesley, honoring her promise to his mother, convinced him to move to Tampa to be near family.

Woodworking was Billy’s greatest joy. He enjoyed many hours in his garage that he turned into a shop. He had many tools and made furniture, carts for his woodworking equipment, and he put wheels on EVERYTHING. He loved buying all kinds of gadgets for his garage and kitchen, many times buying two or three of the same items. Billy was very generous and was known for helping and giving to others.

Family celebrating his life are son Michael Shavers, and a daughter in Korea; brother Jan1cs F. Tarrcnt, Toledo, Ohio; sisters R. Maria Tarrcnt, Ocala,

Florida and Pamela Brown (Larry) SefTner, Florida; very special and favorite cousin Yvonne E. Wesley, SefTner, Florida; aunts Kathryn Evans and Cecelia Butts (Edell); nephews, nieces, and cousins; close friends Cynthia Roberts, David Robinson, and Tony Angello.

Though our hearts are sad, our spirits are rejoicing because Billy accepted Christ back into his life. While Pam and Maria were visiting him, Pam asked him “Do you love Jesus?” Billy nodded yes. Pam asked, “Billy would you like to accept.Jesus in your heart?” He nodded yes. Then Pam said “‘.\Jow we will all be in heaven together.” He nodded yes. Pam and Maria just praised God!

They held Billy’s hands and prayed.

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