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Roland Shivers '53 October 27, 2020 3:52 PM updated: October 27, 2020 4:07 PM

Roland Douglas Shivers
February 10, 1932 - October 08, 2020

Roland Douglas Shivers began his eternal life in the presence of his Savior and the company of his family and loved ones on October 8, 2020. Born February 10, 1932 in Elysian Fields, Texas to Mattie Mae Tiller and Henry Grady Shivers, Roland attended school in both Elysian Fields and Grand Saline, ultimately graduating from Carthage High School. He then attended and graduated from the A&M College of Texas, where he served in the Corp of Cadets as a proud member of the Fighting Texas Aggie class of ‘53. Upon graduation, Roland served his country in the Quartermaster Corp of the United States Army, and was honorably discharged as a 1st Lieutenant. At the completion of his military service, he returned to Carthage where he was a devoted husband and father while operating the family dairy and cattle business. An active contributor to the community, Roland served as Chairman of both the Panola County Soil Conservation Service and the Panola County Cattlemen’s Association. He was also an active member of the Panola County Farm Bureau and Beefmasters Association, and served as a mentor to the many young men who worked at the dairy over the years. Roland will be remembered by family and loved ones for his kind and selfless heart, along with his dedication to his faith, family and friends, and his tireless work ethic. Roland was preceded in death by his wife Joanne Prine Shivers and brothers Henry Grady Jr. and Linward Shivers.

He is survived by his wife Tiajuana; daughters, Melinda and husband Cecil Jones of Dallas, LeAnn and husband Sammy Shields of Tyler; Tiajuana’s daughter Laura Alice and husband John Hale of San Antonio; grandchildren Adam & Deanna Hargrove, Brandon Hargrove, Jake & Michelle Shields, Jordan and Daniel Higbee, and Jackson Hale; great grandson Harrison Hargrove; sister Doris Clark; brother in law Ray Jordan and wife Olivia; sisters in law Beverly Shivers and Gay Jordan; many nieces and nephews; as well as life long friends Juanita Clinton, Lynn and Carol Vincent, and Lynn Rogers.

Thank you to Dianah Blackwell and staff at Winkler Place and Wendy Jernigan, who provided loving care to him.

A graveside service will be held on Monday, October 12, 2020, at 11:00 am at Restland Memorial Park near Carthage, Texas with Eddie Neal officiating under the direction of Jimerson-Lipsey Funeral Home.

Honorary Pallbearers are Adam Hargrove, Brandon Hargrove, Jake Shields, Jackson Hale, John Shivers, Marc Shivers, David Shivers, Chad Lewis, Clint Lewis, and Lynn Rogers.

Memorials may be made to Samaritan’s Purse or the Central Baptist Church in Carthage, Texas, where he was a member.

John 14:1-6 “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going.” Thomas said to him, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?” Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

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