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Iverson Edwin Shavers

October 20, 1917 January 5, 2019
Iverson Edwin Shavers
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Obituary for Iverson Edwin Shavers

Iverson E. Shavers departed this life peacefully on January 5, 2019 at his home in DeKalb, Texas, surrounded by family and friends at the ripe old age of 101.  He was born October 20, 1917, in Garland Community, west of DeKalb, the sixth of 11 children to the late Robert and Laura Garland Shavers.  To most people, he was known simply as “Colonel,” because of his military service or “Honey,” a nickname he earned because of his sweet disposition and the light color of his hair as a boy.  

Iverson was preceded in death by his wife of nearly 37 years, Pauline Cookman Shavers.  He is survived by two children Lt. Col. (Ret.) Michael E. Shavers, his spouse Dr. Sandra D. Embler and Dr. Frances L. Shavers and her spouse, Mr. George Horn, Esq., two sisters, Dr. Mattie Shavers Johnson, Mrs. Jenna Shavers Benton, and a host of nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Iverson earned a bachelor’s degree in History at Texas College in Tyler and taught public school in New Boston before enlisting in the U.S. Army Air Corps in 1942, near the beginning of World War II.  He began his military service as a mail clerk, before becoming one of few African-Americans accepted into the U.S. Army Officer Candidate School.  During his first overseas tour in Frankfurt, Germany, he met and married Pauline, who was serving in the Women’s Army Corps.  During WWII in Germany, he commanded a truck company that moved critical supplies around Germany, including as part of the Berlin Airlift.  From Germany he and Pauline moved to France where he supported that country’s post war reconstruction efforts.  He was the Executive Officer in Charge of a Transportation Battalion in Korea during the Korean War.  In 1962, he ended his military career as the commander of the Reserve Officer Training Corps at Southern University, in Baton Rouge, La.  

After retiring from the Army, Iverson returned to DeKalb with Pauline. He began ranching on property he purchased during his time on active duty.  Three years later, they began to expand their family, which allowed him to play the “most important” role in his life, as a father.  He also continued his service to the community, serving on the DeKalb School Board, including as Vice President and on the Bowie County Housing Authority which helped provide low-cost housing to people in need.  He was a member of St. Mary of the Cenacle Catholic Church in New Boston for over 50 years where he served as an usher and on the Parish Council, including as the Council President.  He slowed down only as he aged, leaving the school board in his 80’s and ending ranching when he reached 90.  

Iverson was a champion of education and believed that all people should have access to a high-quality education.  In a speech he once said, “Education cannot be foreclosed on.  Once you’ve got it, it’s yours.”  He delighted in bringing together differing points of view and was a peacemaker.  He was known as a very social person who would walk through local stores striking up conversations with total strangers.  He would even stop people just to shake their hand as he asked, “Do I know you?”  And for anyone that visited him at home, they received a hearty welcome, hug, and a “You’re welcome back, anytime. This is home.”

 The family would like to especially thank CIMA Hospice and his many caregivers, including members of our family.   Their care and dedication gave the family peace of mind and allowed Iverson to remain in his home during the final years of his life. 

The family will receive friends from 5-7 p.m. on Friday, January 11, 2019 at Bates Family Funeral Home in DeKalb, Texas.  

A funeral Mass with military honors will take place at St. Mary of the Cenacle Catholic Church, New Boston, Texas, at 10 a.m. on Saturday, January 12, 2019, with a rosary beginning at 9:45AM.  Interment will follow at Garland Community Cemetery in DeKalb, Texas.  

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the general scholarship fund at Texas College, or to CIMA Hospice.  
Texas College Office of Institutional Advancement Scholarship Initiatives 2404 North Grand Avenue
Tyler, TX 75702

CIMA Hospice 3505 Summerhill Rd, Suite 4 Texarkana, Texas 75504


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Visitation

Friday

11

Jan

5:00 PM 1/11/2019 5:00:00 PM - 7:00 PM 1/11/2019 7:00:00 PM
Bates Family Funeral Home

601 E. Front St.
De Kalb, Texas 75559

Bates Family Funeral Home
601 E. Front St. De Kalb 75559 Texas
United States

Rosary

Saturday

12

Jan

9:45 AM 1/12/2019 9:45:00 AM - 10:00 AM 1/12/2019 10:00:00 AM
St. Mary of the Cenacle Catholic Church

212 W. Magnolia
New Boston, TX 75570

St. Mary of the Cenacle Catholic Church
212 W. Magnolia New Boston 75570 TX
United States

Funeral Service

Saturday

12

Jan

10:00 AM 1/12/2019 10:00:00 AM
St. Mary of the Cenacle Catholic Church

212 W. Magnolia
New Boston, TX 75570

St. Mary of the Cenacle Catholic Church
212 W. Magnolia New Boston 75570 TX
United States

Cemetery Details

Location

Garland Cemetery Final Resting Place

CR 4328
De Kalb, Texas 75559

CR 4328 De Kalb 75559 Texas
United States
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