James W. Shock
October 8, 1925 - September 7, 2017
James W. Shock, known to everyone as Jim, passed away Thursday, September 7, 2017, surrounded by family at his daughter’s home in Jacksonville, Oregon. Jim was born October 8, 1925 in Greenville, Mississippi to parents Thomas and Eva Shock. He had one sibling, Mary Ellen, whom he was extremely close to. Although Jim’s father passed early in life, his loving mother raised them with an abundance of love, and the assurance of our Lord, Jesus.
Jim enlisted in the Navy at the age of 18. While on leave in California, Jim learned of a gentleman who opened up his home to sailors who had no family close by. This gentleman’s name was Earle Grant; Jim and he quickly became friends. Jim noticed a beautiful young woman, Earle Grant’s daughter, Sarah (known affectionately as Sally), and Jim was smitten. After a two-year courtship they married in Sparks, Nevada.
Jim left the Navy after his enlistment period was over and was hired by Earle to work with him in the furniture industry. Jim was a successful sales representative for several furniture companies such as Stratolounger and Virtue Brothers. Jim and Sally made their home in San Rafael, California and went on to have five children. While Jim was happy in the wholesale furniture business, he yearned to have a furniture store of his own. With determination and a loving wife’s support, he left the wholesale side of the furniture business and followed his dream. After a nationwide search, they chose a furniture store located in Vacaville, Calif. Sadly Jim’s wife passed only three years after opening the store.
Jim’s store, called Shock’s Furniture Interiors, Inc. grew over the years and eventually moved to a larger nearby location. Jim retired from daily business operations and sold the business to his daughter, Stacey, who had worked for him since 1980. He moved to Palm Springs to enjoy the warm weather and the golf course, two things he enjoyed so much.
At the age of 79, Jim met a woman named Marianne Johnson. Marianne was one of the “Tony Twins.” Marianne and her sister starred in television commercials in the 1950s. After a short courtship, Jim married Marianne and made their home in Palm Desert, Calif.
Jim lived a wonderful life and was a caring, kind, honest, loyal, and loving husband, father, and friend. His thoughtfulness and generosity of spirit made the lives of those who knew him so much better. He always went the extra mile to lend a helping hand and was most gracious to all who knew him. His love of family and friends was deeply admired; his love was shown to us every single day.
Jim cared about his community and served as a board member of the Vacaville Chamber of Commerce. Additionally, he was a proud Rotarian for many years. He was a champion for the disabled, and quietly generous beyond measure. He was a true humanitarian and instilled this ethic in his children.
Jim was preceded in death by his wife and mother of his children, Sally; his sister, Mary Ellen; and his sons, Jeff and William. He is survived by his second wife, Marianne; his son and daughter-in-law, Tom and Nancy Shock; his daughter and son-in-law, Jane and George Bowse; daughter and son-in-law, Stacey and Bud Powers; his grandchildren, Tracy and wife, Janai Shock; Sarah and husband, John Eddy; Dustin and wife, Karis Shock; Samantha Powers; Shelby and husband, Wyatt Tomek; and John Powers; great-grandchildren, Grant, Preston, Lola, Grace, Mason, and Monroe; and a beautiful host of nieces and nephews.
A private graveside ceremony will be held in Piedmont, Calif. Correspondence may be mailed to: Family of Jim Shock, 120 Graham Street, Jacksonville, OR 97530.