Linda Elaine Shook, 63, wife of Rev. Dr. Clayton J. Shook, entered into eternal rest at her home on Friday, November 30, 2018.
A Memorial Service will be held 11:00 AM Friday, December 7, 2018 at Memorial Baptist Church with Rev. Dr. Clay Shook & Rev. Dr. Bill Drees officiating. Linda was born on October 15, 1955, at Fort Bragg, Fayetteville, NC. She was the foster daughter of Eldridge and Barbara Miller of Riverview, FL who added her to their family of six when she was 16 years old and had nowhere else to go. She was a 1973 graduate of East Bay Senior High School, attended Hillsborough Community College in Tampa, FL and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, Wake Forest, NC. She was an active member of Memorial Baptist Church and was an expert at crafting, quilting, and crocheting. Linda was also a lover of all things Christmas, decorating their house brightly each holiday season. She was an avid flower grower and kept the Memorial Baptist parsonage yard looking beautiful. Linda also had a keen eye for finding sharks teeth at Edisto Beach, SC and in years past, loved to pond fish. Serving churches with her husband since 1982, Linda provided much private counsel and care to women who were survivors of sexual abuse. Linda also participated in mission trips with the churches where she and her husband served including to Romania, Alaska and several US states. She also homeschooled their two children.
Surviving is her husband of 44 years, Rev. Dr. Clayton Jay Shook, St. George; a son, Andrew Jay (Amanda Bradstreet) Shook, Mt. Pleasant; a daughter, Laura Lee (Joseph) Watts, Lugoff; two grandchildren, Avery Grace Shook and Chase Jackson Watts; sisters, June (Dale) Stephens, Diane Taylor, all of Riverview, Fl, Janice (Michael) Shook, Lake City, Fl; a brother, Roy (Barbara) Miller, Riverview, Fl; nieces and nephews, Asha-Ayana Faith Taylor, Clayton Taylor, Thomas Bourcy, Miah James, Devon James, Joseph Shook and David Rodgers. She is pre-deceased by her much loved biological mother Frances Nan Day. Special thanks and appreciation is expressed to Pastor Clay’s Aunt Peggy Couch, of Lithia, FL, who helped him care for his wife across the past few months during her illness and until her death. Special thanks and appreciation is expressed to the people of Memorial Baptist Church, the deacon body, the St. George community and Heartland Hospice Care, especially nurse Kaye Holman and chaplain Rev. Kevin Hinton.
Honorary Pallbearers will be Sammie (Lori) Johnson of Lakeland, FL; Russ (Jill) Amerling, Kim (Al) Amerling Dehart of Ocala, FL; Lynn (Earl) Powers of Heath Springs, SC; Jackie (Nita) Horton of Bethune, SC and Rick (Becky) Dial of Dover, FL. A private burial will be held at the St. George Memorial Gardens.
Memorials may be made to Memorial Baptist Church, Guzman House Fund, PO Box 566, St. George, SC 29477.