A native of LaFayette, he was born June 6, 1925, a son of the late J. Craig Shahan and the late Fannie Jewel Love Shahan.
Mr. Shahan attended the University of Georgia, Port Andrew College in Texas, and Coosa Valley Technical College in Rome. He was veteran of the U. S. Navy serving from 1943 until 1946.
Mr. Shahan served as a Radioman Class II in the South Pacific.
Following World War II, he returned home to farm during the summer months, and was a commercial fisherman in Key West, Fla. during the winter. From 1964 until 1970, Mr. Shahan was associated with radio station WTTI in Dalton, where he was the Engineer and an announcer.
He moved his family to Rome in 1970, and found his passion of teaching electronics at the Coosa Valley Technical High School from 1970 until 1980, and at the Coosa Valley Technical College from 1980 until his retirement in 1990. Mr. Shahan earned several teaching awards while
teaching, including the Georgia State Award of Outstanding Teacher of the Year in Trade and Industrial Education for the years 1974-1975, and 1975-1976.
He was a longtime member of the Community Chapel Baptist Church, and many life-long friendships were formed there.
Besides his parents, Mr. Shahan was preceded in death by a brother, James Shahan.
He is survived by his wife, the former Margret Anne Grasham, to whom he was married June 7, 1958 at the Riverside Baptist Church; a son, Steve Shahan of Cave Spring and by two daughters, Tracie Schmiedl and her husband Jeff of Jacksonville, Ala. and Rebecca Paschal and her husband Scott of Brush Creek, Tenn; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; three sisters, Clara Lee of Valdosta, Nell Kay of Rock Springs, Ga. and Doris McClendon of East Ridge, Tenn. and a brother, Howard Shahan of Villanow, Ga.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, Jan. 8 at 3 p.m. at John House’s Cave Spring Chapel Funeral Home with his Pastor, Rev. Max Tucker and his wife’s cousin, Rev. Charles Carnes, officiating.
Interment followed in the Cave Spring Cemetery with the Honor Guard of the Shanklin-Attaway Post 5 of the American Legion providing military rites. Pallbearers were W. C. Dunaway, Arch Metcalf, Glen Montgomery, Ronnie Smith, Lynn Popham, Jack Carter and Mitchell Gregory.
Those wishing may send memorials to the Baptist Children’s Home, c/o Community Baptist Church, Blacks Bluff Road, Rome, Ga., 30161, or to the Wounded Warrior Project, www.woundedwarriorproject.org.
Those wishing can visit www.cavespringchapel.com to leave messages and condolences.