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1948 Lawrence 2022

Lawrence Shields

May 4, 1948 — September 25, 2022


Lawrence Shields was born on May 4, 1948, in Rossville, Tennessee to the union of Eugene Shields and Mary Marshall Shields who preceded him in death. Lawrence is also preceded in death by 3 brothers Eugene Shields Jr., Obbie Shields, and a baby brother.

Lawrence is also preceded in death by a baby son Lawrence Shields Jr. Lawrence Shields attended Fayette County public schools in Tennessee.


His father affectionately called him “Flea" and his mother always called him "Fleety" He left Tennessee at an early age and moved to Detroit where he held several jobs. He worked at Ewald Steel, carwash jobs, and then in 1974 he found the job that he worked until he retired in 2013. While working there he met Ida Stevenson in 1979 whom he would date and later marry. Their union lasted for over 40 years until Ida's untimely death in December 2021.

Lawrence leaves behind to cherish his memory:

3 children: DeRhonda Shields of Oakland, TN; 2 sons Tarrence Shields and Michael Body-Shields of Detroit, MI; and 1 other daughter, Brendella Body of Detroit, Ml.


He also leaves behind 5 grandchildren Qiara, Dwight, Lameka, Jasmine, and Juanita, and a host of great-grandchildren. Lawrence also leaves behind to cherish his memory three cousins Chester, Elroy, and John and 1 brother-in-law Samuel Body and 1 sister-in-law Bobie Woodard.


Lawrence enjoyed watching sports on television whether it was baseball, football, basketball, or professional wrestling. Lawrence was great at telling stories that would make you laugh and remember the way he told them.


He enjoyed playing solitaire, watching westerns on TV, and spending time with family and friends. Lawrence loved taking care of his beloved dog Diamond whom the family lost in April 2020. Lawrence had a warm and quiet nature. He was a dedicated family man and worked hard all his life. Lawrence will be remembered for his kind I and generous soul.
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Service Schedule

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Lawrence Shields Funeral Service

Saturday, October 1, 2022

10:00am - 1:00 pm (Eastern time)

Thompson Funeral Home Inc.

15443 Greenfield Rd, Detroit, MI 48227

Lawrence Shields was born on May 4th, 1948 in Rossville, Tennessee. He passed away on September 25th, 2022.
The visitation services will be held on Friday, September 30th, 2022 at Thompson Funeral Home Inc. – Greenfield Chapel located on 15443 Greenfield Rd., Detroit, Michigan 48227. The visitation will begin at 4:00 PM and will conclude at 8:00 PM.
The funeral services will be held on Saturday, October 1st, 2022 located at Thompson Funeral Home Inc. – Greenfield Chapel. The family hour will begin at 10:00 AM. The official funeral service will begin at 11:00 AM.
The final interment will be held at Detroit Memorial Park – East immediately proceeding the funeral service.
Any floral arrangements may be sent to Thompson Funeral Home Inc – Greenfield chapel on the day of the visitation.

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