Former Lawrence County Commissioner Floyd Shankle will be remembered not only as an avid sports enthusiast, but also for his love and dedication to his neighbors and local communities.
“He didn’t meet a stranger. He’d walk into a room … and before he left everybody in the room would know who he was. It was just his personality. It was bigger than life,” his wife, Cynthia Shankle said.
Shankle, who served as a commissioner for District 5 and was also a founding member of the Lawrence County Sports Hall of Fame, passed away at his home on Tuesday, Aug. 6 after battling cancer. He was 73 years old.
Shankle served on the county commission from 1990 to 1994. He also worked at International Paper, which was called Champion at the time, from 1978 to 2008.
Former Commissioner Larry LouAllen, who served alongside Shankle during his term, recalls the man for his zeal and passion for the community.
“I liked Floyd. He came in here full of energy and had the most enthusiasm of any commissioner I have ever seen,” LouAllen said.
Shankle co-founded the county’s Hall of Fame with Wade Harrison in 1992—an endeavor that came from the ideas of two nostalgic men conversing about past ballgames and players from their hometown.
Shankle left a lasting impact on his community, not only in establishing a lasting way to honor past athletic heroes but also by being a hero to his family and his community.
Shankle served as a member and president for the hall of fame for almost 30 years. He was also a charter member of Mt. View Baptist Church and past Master of Mt. Zion Masonic Lodge.
His wife recalls his commitment to Lawrence County and love for his children and grandchildren.
“He was loved by a lot of people. Not just me and his children. His grandchildren just worshipped him. I loved him for 54 years. We were married for 54 years. It’s hard to say one thing about a person you’ve been with for that long,” she said. “He thought he could help the county as a whole, not just his district. He wanted to do what was best for the whole county.”
Services were held for Shankle at Parkway Funeral Home on Thursday, Aug. 8. He was laid to rest at Moulton Memory Gardens with Masonic Honors.