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ATLANTA -- The Rev. James R. Shockney,
96, of Virginia City Highlands, Nev., formerly of Atlanta and
Lincoln, died Sept. 15, 2007, in Reno, Nev.
Private burial will be in Covington Gardens Cemetery, Fort Wayne,
Quiram Peasley Funeral Home is in charge of
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
in Atlanta, where he remained until his retirement.
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 Nov. 4,
2000, in Lincoln.
He is survived by his son, David (and Elizabeth)
Shockney of Virginia City Highlands, Nev.,
granddaughter Kristin Shockney and grandson Matthew
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.
After 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 he lived with his son
and daughter-in-law in Virginia City Highlands, Nev.
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