“Lord, have Mercy on me…”
Brother Troy Edward Shackles was born in the small town of Littig, Texas, on June 30, 1924, to the union of James Hulon Shackles and Maw Armstrong. He grew up out on the fields of Littig and Kimbro, graduating from Littig School in 1942. He was drafted to the United States Armed Forces, serving in the US Navy from 1943 until 1946. He did one tour of the World War II Era.
Brother Troy travelled and saw many areas of the ole world. He settled in Oklahoma for a period before returning home. He was baptized as young man in the Navy, and upon returning to Texas, he joined his family church, Shiloh Baptist Church under the leadership of Reverend L. R. Wilson. He worked many jobs before going to Huston Tillotson College where he obtained a BA degree in Government, 1951. His working task as a Communications Specialist in the Navy, landed him a job with the chain store 7/11. His skills were noticeable, and he worked as manager of about 8 stores in his district.
On October 14, 2014, Troy was united in Holy Matrimony to Ruthie Mae McCullough (Smith). The union was blessed with many precious memories, only to mention the activities and events they attended together at Saint Johns and the weekly Bible study classes. Brother Troy was a praying Godfearing man but loved him dearly. He joined, his wife’s church, Mount Carmel Baptist Church, with Reverend Byron Green, pastor. He remained there until death.
On December 19, 2022, Brother Troy at the age of 98, heard the voice of Jesus and left his earthly tabernacle, leaving all he loved so dearly behind. With his wife at his bedside…he bid this ole world goodbye. He is preceded in death by his parents, two daughters, Barbara Ann Woody, and Norma Jean Pearson; one sister, Maw Shackles, one brother, James Shackles, and a grandson, Bryant Woody. III.
As we accept God’s will, Brother Troy, leaves to cherish his priceless legacy to his wife, Ruthie Shackles, two grandchildren, Dennis Barefield, and Kimberly Woody; seven great grandchildren, six great – great grandchildren, one sister, Erma Alexander, and a host of other relatives and friends, including nieces, nephews, and cousins covering five generations.
As stated by Brother Troy Edward Shackles, “Lord, have mercy on me…”
Reverend Byron Green, Pastor and Eulogist, and Reverend, L.R. Wilson, Sr. officiating. Interment will be held at Central Texas Veteran State Cemetery on Friday, December 23rd at 11:00 AM with Military Honors.