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March 15, 1949—July 3, 2015 David W. Shadden, a resident of Crossville, passed away suddenly in Walnut Creek, CA. Senior Pastor Drew Shelley and Associate Pastor Sommer Worley will officiate at a celebration of life on Saturday, Oct. 10, at the First United Methodist Church in Crossville with visitation at 11 a.m. and service at noon. Grieving is Marie, his wife of 40 years, and their only daughter, Michelle (Ryan) Bennett of Phoenix, AZ.  Survivors include his uncle, Bill (Marianne) Shadden of Kingston and Marie’s parents, James (Barbara) Matheney of Alamo, CA. Also surviving are Marie’s six brothers and sisters, sister-in-law and their families. He would have dearly loved more time to visit and entertain his many cousins, nephews and nieces. David was blessed with many friends who will sorely miss his laughter and adventurous spirit. He was born in Rockwood, only child of Warren (Wilma) Shadden. His ancestors were among early settlers of Tennessee and the Cumberland Plateau. He played football at Rockwood High School and was active in the DeMolay. After graduation, he enlisted in the United States Air Force with assignments in Security Police in Panama, New Mexico, Alaska, Germany, Texas and Virginia. He retired from military service in 1989 as AFOSI Special Agent in Charge at Williams AFB, Arizona. He achieved the rank of Master Sergeant, received the USAF Meritorious Service and AF Commendation medals and earned a bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice from Park College, MO. David’s risk management consulting practice served insurance firms, small cities and private businesses in Georgia and Tennessee. He was very pleased and proud that Michelle chose this field and became successful. David enjoyed travel and new adventures. Wonderful trips shared with friends and family included river cruises in Europe, ocean cruises to the Caribbean and numerous trips to romantic or historic places. He loved to spend New Year's Day in a different place each year and these adventures included Italy, Germany, California, Louisiana, Arizona and Florida. He was an avid student of Civil War history and enthusiastically supported UT Volunteers football. In lieu of flowers, donations in David’s name may be made to one of his favorite charities: the First United Methodist Church (www.crossvillefumc.com), A Time 4 Paws Foundation (atime4paws.org) or the Spencer Educational Foundation (www.spencered.org).
Published on  October 1, 2015
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