Lewis Shropshire was an Athens man who engaged his sports with a passionate devotion, whether or not it turned into his job, fishing, accumulating vintage automobiles, jogging, or provider to his church, his buddies, recalled Monday.
Shropshire, who also served a time on the Athens City Council, died Friday from accidents he obtained while he became struck by a vehicle on Nov. 15 close to his home at the same time as he became on foot throughout Riverbend Parkway.
That coincidence is still under investigation, Athens-Clarke police said Monday.
The list of network activities with Shropshire’s aid, which turned into simply quick of his seventy-fifth birthday, turned into far achieving from the Rotary Club to the Athens Area Chamber of Commerce.
“I’ve regarded him for decades, and having labored with him the final two years thru his board leadership, he became a person of the real carrier,” said Sarah McKinney, president of the Athens Area Community Foundation where Shropshire was at the board of directors.
“He had a genuine dedication to accuracy and morality. He turned into each nonprofit’s dream for a board member,” she said.
Shropshire, who had a forty-four-yr profession with Benson’s Inc. And became trendy manager of the Holiday Inn, was a charter member of the Classic City Rotary Club, which fashioned in 1975.
“Lewis became continually right here, usually cracking jokes. He turned into a lively man, and it’s unfortunate the manner we misplaced him,” said Rotary President Charlie Fleming.
“He will be remembered,” Fleming said.
Shropshire served on the Athens City Council between 1976 and 1985 and served a part of the time as mayor seasoned tem, in step with his obituary.
Shropshire’s pal, Mike Waldrip, recalled how thru Shropshire’s work on the Holiday Inn, he knew people from across the kingdom.
“It didn’t depend in case you had been below the Golden Dome in Atlanta or a restaurant in Waycross, if someone heard you labored at the Holiday Inn, the subsequent aspect you’d listen was, ‘How is Mr. Shropshire?’” Waldrip stated.
While he devoted time to the community’s civic agencies, he immersed himself in his hobbies.
Shropshire joined the Athens Chapter of the Antique Automobile Club of America in 2009 and bought his first Model A Ford equal 12 months, said membership president John Wagner.
“Two weeks ago, he and Pam (his spouse) hosted the month-to-month vintage car membership out at Thompson Lake, and he showed us his new acquisition – a 1940 Buick four-door convertible. He became happy with it,” Wagner said.
He also owned a 1928 Ford Phaeton that he drove in Christmas parades and brought tailgating at University of Georgia football video games, in step with Wagner, who stated Shropshire and his wife had also been inside the technique of turning into judges for countrywide automobile shows.
Long-time buddy Frank Reaves of Athens spent infinite hours along with his friend on looking and fishing tours.
“We went fishing in Alaska for years,” Reaves recalled. “We figured the fish fee us about $500 apiece, and it turned into still really worth it.”
Reaves said Shropshire cherished running, and in step with his obituary, he ran the Peachtree Road Race in Atlanta for 36 consecutive years.
Jogging changed for his fitness, and it changed into a social time along with his pals, Reaves stated.
“He’d run, and it didn’t be counted if it becomes in Alaska within the rain or snow, or here in the warm sun,” he said.
“He did a lot for such a lot of people. I’ve recognized him to make monetary contributions anonymously to worthy reasons for human beings in want,” Reaves stated. “The preacher requested us at the clinic before he exceeded to explain him in one phrase. I thought that would be something you’d reflect onconsideration on, but it got here out so rapid – mentor – he should show you the manner to do something from being a chum to running on a car.”
Shropshire’s memorial service can be held at three p.M. Wednesday at First Baptist Church with a reception to comply with on the Holiday Inn.