James Shields


Chief Warrant Officer (CWO4) James Franklin Shields, 90,  of Goodlettsville, passed away Thursday, April 8, 2021, at a medical facility in Gallatin.

He served with the 3rd Mission Battalion, 79th Artillery, for 25 years on active duty and then served out the rest of his military career with the 3397th United States Army Reserve Garrison in Chattanooga.

He served in combat during the Korean Conflict and also served as an ROTC instructor at Chattanooga Central High School for many years.

He was an active member for many years at the American Legion Blair Post 95 in Chattanooga.

He was a wonderful gardener, a beekeeper and a self-taught carpenter. He had many passions in life, but none more important than his family.

He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Margie Ann Shields; and son, James (Jeff) F. Shields Jr.

He is survived by his two daughters: Melanie Holt and husband, Darwin of Goodlettsville, and Melissa Foster and husband, Mark, of Gallatin; five grandchildren: Marcie Nitsch, Meagan Griffith, Jacob Brown, Abby Brown and Emma Brown; two great-grandchildren: Hudson Nitsch and Maddox Nitsch; and several nieces, nephews and many friends.

A graveside service celebrating his life will be conducted at 2 p.m. Monday, April 12, 2021, at Tyner Cemetery, 2934 Hickory Valley Road in Chattanooga. with the Rev. Gary Roop officiating.

Military honors, a white dove release ceremony, and the playing of bagpipes will conclude the service.

We invite you to send a message of condolence and view the Shields family guestbook at

Ralph Buckner Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of the arrangements.


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