A memorial service for John Thomas Shires of Buchanan Dam will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, April 29 at Highland Lakes United Methodist Church in Buchanan Dam, with the Rev. Grady Roe, pastor, officiating.
Shires passed April 21 in Scott & White Medical Center in Temple following a lengthy decline in his health.
Known as Tom or Tommy to his closest friends, he was born in Hopkins County October 28, 1934. He attended San Saba Public Schools and Tarleton State University and graduated from Texas Tech University with a degree in agricultural economics.
He was married July 6, 1956 in Stephenville to the former Chere Roberts.
Shires was first employed by the U.S. Soil Conservation Service and then Production Credit Association, dealing with farm loans. He also was a mortgage loan appraiser before entering the sales field, excelling in pharmaceutical sales and sales management. In Oklahoma, he had his own businesses as a sales representative for a variety of companies. He was certified by Texas A&M in fundamentals of hydraulics and worked in San Antonio as a pneumatic and hydraulics manufacturing representative.
His last career was built on the writing skill he discovered. He was a contributing writer for a number of publications in the Texas Hill Country, including Hill Country Magazine, the Llano News and San Saba News and Star and Highland Lakes Newspapers publications, the Llano County Journal, the Kingsland Current, Burnet Bulletin and The Highlander. He was especially known for his restaurant reviews and recollections of life in San Saba County.
Shires was active in the Junior Chamber of Commerce and the United Methodist Church. He was part of consulting committee for an Oklahoma City Council member and was recognized by the U.S. Olympic Committee for support of the 1989 Olympics. He served on the Oklahoma City Game and Fish Commission, coordinating lakes and recreational areas. He was a recreational sailor and was instrumental in founding the first Passageway Charity Regatta of the Oklahoma City Boat Club.
He served as president of the Llano County Emergency Service District #2, supporting the Buchanan Volunteer Fire Department. Avidly interested in politics on the national, state and local levels, he had been active in the Llano County Republican Club.
His brother, J.D. Shires, and his parents, Jefferson Davis Shires and Beaulah Nell Hopkins Shires, preceded him in death.
Survivors include his widow; one daughter, Cindy Kidd of Bartlesville, Okla.; one son, Craig Shires of Austin; four grandchildren, Angel Kidd January of Claremore, Okla., Micah Kidd of Las Vegas, Nev., Jim Kidd of Bartlesville, Okla. and Lacie Kidd of Las Vegas; five great-grandchildren; and a sister-in-law, Betty Shires of Shreveport, La.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to a favorite charity.