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Rev. James Shockney

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[April 18, 2009]  A memorial service is scheduled for the Rev. James R. Shockney, 96, formerly of Atlanta and Lincoln, who died Sept. 15, 2007, in Reno, Nev. He is buried in Fort Wayne, Ind.

The memorial service will be on Monday, April 20, at 4 p.m. at The Christian Village Senior Apartments in Lincoln. Ryan Edgecombe will officiate.

Quiram-Peasley Funeral Home, Atlanta, is in charge of arrangements.

Rev. Shockney was pastor of the Atlanta Christian Church at the end of his ministry.

James Ronald Shockney was born Oct. 15, 1910, in Union City, Ind., to Albert and Mary Wilkerson Shockney. He married Helen Duncan on April 5, 1942, in Portland, Ind. She preceded him in death on Nov. 4, 2000, in Lincoln.

He is survived by his daughter-in-law, Elizabeth Shockney; his granddaughter, Kristin Shockney; and his grandson, Matthew Shockney. His son, David, died in March 2009.

In his early years, Jim was a professional trumpet player, owned a radio repair shop, a hardware store and at one time a paint store. During World War II he was a member of the Signal Corps.

While he had been involved in ministry his entire life, it was later in life when he became a pastor. While attending seminary, he was assistant minister at First Christian Church in Fort Wayne, Ind., and a part-time minister at Maple Grove Christian Church in Berne, Ind. After graduating from Johnson Bible College in 1962, he began his ministry at the East Union Christian Church in East Union, Ind. In 1967 he became the pastor of the Atlanta Christian Church, where he remained until his retirement.

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Following his retirement from the ministry, he and his wife moved to Hemet, Calif., where they lived for 20 years. During their time in Hemet, he was involved in a number of musical groups and was also involved in starting the Community Christian Church.

In 1997, Jim and Helen moved to The Christian Village in Lincoln, and he continued with his music as a member of both the Atlanta Community Band and the Lincoln Community Band.

For the last several years of his life he lived with his son and daughter-in-law in Virginia City Highlands, Nev.

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