Rev. James Shockney
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[April 18, 2009]
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
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.
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
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