NORMAN — Charles Ray Shaw, loving husband, father, grandfather and friend, died Friday, May 2, 2014. Ray was born July 12, 1928, in Sentinel to James Albert and Allen Shaw.
Ray lived in Sentinel until he was 14 years old. Ray was always a hard worker. His early life in Sentinel included numerous paper routes, lawn mowing jobs, busing tables at the local diner and working as an egg candler at the local grocery store.
Ray was a basketball enthusiast, playing on the Sentinel basketball team and later on the NE High School basketball team after his family moved to Oklahoma City. Ray graduated from NE High School in 1946 and then served in the United States Navy.
Ray married Lois Cheek on Feb. 14, 1948. After his discharge from the service, Ray and Lois moved to Stillwater so he could attend Oklahoma Agricultural and Mechanical College until he earned an associate degree in trade and industrial education.
Ray worked for several years as a mechanic, attending college part-time until he completed his bachelor’s degree in industrial arts at Oklahoma City University in 1957. In 1964, Ray moved from working as a mechanic to teaching others the inner workings of automobiles. He taught vocational automotive classes at NE High School and then at the Midwest City Vocational Center. His final teaching position was at the Postal Training Center in Norman, from which he retired in 1991.
Ray was married to Lois for 65 years and was the proud father of three children. Ray enjoyed many activities with his family and friends, including boating, water skiing and snow skiing. He also liked riding his motorcycle and working on stock cars. His hobbies included jewelry making and stone cutting. Ray was a member of the First Baptist Church of Norman since 1960. He was a volunteer driver for Friendship International and was a member of Mission Builders.