John Fillmore Shamblin, 88, of Nitro, passed away Tuesday, April 1, 2014, at Hubbard Hospice House. He retired from the Kroger Company as a truck driver in 1987. John had been a member of the Cross Lanes Baptist Church since 1977 and was also a member of the Masonic Lodge, Scottish Rite and the Blue Creek Train Riders in Quick.
John was a good father and a hero to his daughter, Cloa. He was a loving, funny person who cared a great deal about others. He loved to tinker and was sometimes called "Mr. Lawn Mower Man" or "Mr. Fix-it", because he was a jack-of-all-trades who spent much time fixing his friends' lawn mowers. He was a man of great integrity and was inspirational to others.
He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Hazel Mellissa Kinser Shamblin; parents, Luther "Luke" Fillmore Shamblin and Cloa Bell Fields Shamblin; brothers, Fred and Lawrence Shamblin; and sisters, Georgia Hunter, Alice Carpenter and Elene Shamblin.
Surviving are his loving children, John Paul Shamblin, Cloa Sue Shamblin and Timothy Lee "Tim" Shamblin; sister, Betty Stewart of Nitro; brothers, Joe Shamblin of Elkview and Charles Shamblin; and sister-in-law, Bonnie Kinser Boggess. He is also survived by his pride and joy, his granddaughter, Dakotah Lee Shamblin.
Funeral service will be 10 a.m. Friday, April 4 at Cross Lanes Baptist Church with the Rev. Seth Polk officiating. Burial with military rites will follow at Tyler Mountain Memory Gardens. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday evening at the Cross Lanes Baptist Church.
The family would like to express their appreciation to John's caregivers, Jackie Sidars and Tammy Reavis and to the Saint Francis Hospital ER staff and doctors, PCU staff and the staff of Hubbard Hospice House.
Gifts of donations may be made to the missions funds of the Cross Lanes Baptist Church, 910 Cross Lanes Drive, Cross Lanes, WV 25313.
Arrangements are in the care of Keller Funeral Home, Dunbar.