July 28, 2021

Mr. Dennis Shaw

Mr. Dennis Patrick Shaw, age 66, of Franklin, Georgia passed away May 28, 2020.

All services will be held Wednesday, June 3, 2020.

The family will accept guests for visitation from 12:00 PM until 1:30 PM at Stutts Funeral Home.

The funeral service will be held at 2:00 PM at Franklin Church of God.

A graveside service for immediate family members only will follow at Big Springs Baptist Church in Omaha, Alabama (Dennis is being buried with his parents).

In accordance with COVID-19 guidelines, social distancing practices and additional recommendations will be enforced in order to maintain a safe environment for the family and guests at both the funeral home and the church.

Noteworthy, the funeral service will be broadcast live via Facebook for those who would like to attend via video due to current COVID-19 guidelines.  Simply locate the Facebook page for Franklin Church of God (Georgia). The live video feed will begin at 2:00 PM.

Dennis was born May 11, 1954 at Crawford Long Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia to the late Mr. Henry Lee “Hank” Shaw and Mrs. Doris Estelle Morman Shaw. He was a long-time member of the Franklin Church of God.

Dennis was one of Franklin’s most well-known citizens. He always kept up with the news about town. If there was anything you needed to know about current events, Dennis could fill you in.

He graduated from school via Special Education, which began in Lithia Springs, Georgia during the early 1960’s and was completed in West Plains, Missouri in the early 1970’s, prior to moving to Franklin.

Dennis was very active with Special Olympics. He very much enjoyed participating in many events through the years. He boasted that he was giving Michael Phelps a run for his money on the number of medals he had won. He participated in, for the most part, walking events and bowling.

His Dad was a league bowler who consistently bowled perfect games, so Dennis and his siblings grew up going bowling often. He loved to go to local bowling alleys to practice.

Through the years, Dennis worked at various jobs around town to earn spending money. He sold “Grit” newspapers for many years after moving to Franklin. He worked for a time at Franklin Aluminum in the stock room bagging screws for Mr. Cranford.

He assisted Thomas Miller with errands at Available Realty, and he worked/assisted as directed at Franklin Pharmacy. The pharmacy’s owners, Kerry and Kathy Griffin, were cherished friends.

He was a big fan of Georgia football and enjoyed trips to see his Bulldogs live and in person when friends would save him a game ticket. He also seldom missed a football game at the high school when the Heard County Braves were playing home games.

He amassed a large collection of DVD’s and loved to watch movies. Among his favorites were Star Trek and the Star Wars Franchises. He owned many collectable pieces of memorabilia from the movies, as well as having shirts, hats and other clothing with Star Trek and Star Wars themes.

One of Dennis’ favorite days of the year was his birthday. It was most special during years when it fell on Mother’s Day. He seldom forgot to mention the day to anyone when it was near.

When he was born, his parents were told that he would most likely not survive/live to be very old, so each new year of his life was very precious.

He was loved by his family, especially his late mother, who called him “Denny Boy,” and his sister who called him “Brother Dear or Dennis Dear.”

Heard County residents considered him a friend who always said, “Hello,” and had a kind word for everyone.

Dennis always had a quick comeback if you teased him, too. His “Sister Dear” often called him Dennis the Menace, to which he consistently grinned and said, “I may be Dennis but I am no menace.”  Then he laughed.

Dennis was a very special person. He never had a bad thought about anyone; no purer soul ever walked on God’s Earth. When Dennis acquired a smart phone, he texted his family (to include cousins) daily to say “I love you.”

Survivors include one sister, Olivia (Libby) Shaw Cummings of Franklin, Georgia; one brother, Joel Anthony (Tony) Shaw (and wife Kathy) of Aiken, South Carolina; in addition to many nieces, nephews, aunts, cousins and a host of long cherished friends.

Dennis was preceded in death by his beloved parents and one older brother, Mr. LeRoy Leon Shaw of Portland, Oregon.

Those who wish may write memorial tributes at www.stuttsfuneralhome.com.

Additionally, as Dennis regrettably did not have any life insurance at the time of his passing, anyone wishing to donate towards funeral and burial expenses can do so at www.stuttsfuneralhome.com/obituaries/tributefund.

All donated proceeds not utilized for funeral and burial expenses will be donated to the Heard County Special Olympics in Dennis’ honor.

Stutts Funeral Home of Franklin, Georgia is in charge of arrangements.




  2. Stacie Denham says

    “May the force be with you.” ~Stacie (Toney) Denham

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