Christian 04

Rev. Donnie A. Shaw

October 18, 1932 ~ May 20, 2020 (age 87)


Rev. Donnie Augustus Shaw, born October 18, 1932, departed this life on May 20, 2020 at his home at the age of 87.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Rev. Shafter & Birdie Shaw; nephew, Michael Finley and brothers-in-law, Bobby Finley, Robert Raley & Johnnie Riley

Donnie was a member of Gaps Chapel Missionary Baptist Church.  Donnie started preaching in 1957 and pastored his first church Thankful Missionary Baptist Church in Morristown.  He later pastored several churches in Hancock County as well as 2 churches in Maryland.  He was the pastor of Panther Creek Missionary Baptist Church at the time of his passing.  Donnie was the oldest minister pastoring a church in Hancock County


Survivors include;

Wife of 67 years; Norma Alder Shaw of Sneedville

Son; Rev. Jim Shaw & wife Teresa of Sneedville

Grandchildren; Jeremy (Mikayla) Shaw and Jamie (Levi) Johnson, all of Sneedville

Great-Grandchildren; Ethan Shaw, Caydan Shaw, Tori, Kynzi & Mason Johnson and Jaycee Shipley

Sisters; Janice (Tib) Finley of Culleco, Tn., Wilma Kate Raley of Maynardville and Georgia Riley of Sneedville

Several nieces & nephews


The family would like to thank Dr. John Short and Joe Campbell and all the nurses that took good care of Donnie during his sickness. 

Donnie will be missed by all who knew him.


What a journey this journey has been.  For I am now ready to be offered and the time of my departure is at hand.  I have fought a good fight.  I have finished my course.  I have kept the faith.


Funeral services will be held at 2 P.M. on Sunday, May 24, 2020 at Gaps Chapel Baptist Church

Rev. Fain Lee (Bo) Riley, Rev. Robbie Johnson & Rev. Ronnie Kinsler officiating

Interment will follow in the Gaps Chapel Church Cemetery

Serving as pallbearers will be Jerome Johnson, Dale Seal, Charles Fleenor, Sam Hensley, Robbie Raley & Chris Nease

Serving as honorary pallbearers will be Lance Weston, David Lawson, Howard Sheets, Doug Gibson & Tobie Trent

The family will receive friends from 6 to 9 P.M. on Friday, May 22, 2020 and Saturday, May 23, 2020 at the McNeil Funeral Home


Online condolences can be made at


McNeil Funeral Home in Sneedville in charge of arrangements

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May 22, 2020

6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
McNeil Funeral Home
124 Church St. P.O. Box 127
Sneedville, TN 37869

May 23, 2020

6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
McNeil Funeral Home
124 Church St. P.O. Box 127
Sneedville, TN 37869

Funeral Service
May 24, 2020

2:00 PM
Gaps Chapel Baptist Church
Gaps Chapel Road
Sneedville, TN 37869

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