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 Author: Bob Johnny Keith Shew Posted Date: November 25, 2018
(October 15, 1959 - November 24, 2018)

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Obituary Picture     Johnny Keith Shew, age 59, of Forest Shadows Trail, Vilas, passed away Saturday evening, November 24, 2018 at Frye Regional Medical Center in Hickory. He was born October 15, 1959 in Watauga County. A Christian from an early age, Keith was a member of Bethel Baptist Church and played in the church worship band.
     A valued member of the community, Keith performed as a musician in the local band, Blue Country for more than 30 years.
    After 28 years of service to Appalachian State University, he retired as the electrical supervisor at the physical plant.
    Always the hard working gentleman and family man, Keith was a loving husband, father and pappy, son and brother who loved his family beyond measure.
    He is survived by his wife of 34 years, Sharon Bowman Shew; daughters, Hannah Kelly and husband, Patrick, of Vilas and Heather Campbell and husband, Robert, of Taylorsville; son, Hunter Shew and his girlfriend, Ivy, of Boone; and four grandchildren, Jocelyn, Clementine, Lydia and Clayton Campbell; his parents, Jack and Ruth Hodges Shew of Vilas; sister, Karen Jones and husband, Ben, of Vilas; brother, Kerry Shew and wife, Kristy, of Boone; his father and mother-in-law, Bill and Gracie Bowman of Longs, SC; and several nieces and nephews.
    Memorial services for Keith Shew will be conducted Wednesday afternoon, November 28th, at 1 o’clock at the Bethel Baptist Church, officiated by Pastor Charlie Martin. The family will receive friends Wednesday from 11 until 1 o’clock, prior to services, at the Church.
    Memorials may be made to the Bethel Baptist Church Building Fund, in care of Dalene Mast, 123 Mountain Dale Road, Vilas, NC 28692.
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    Austin & Barnes Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Shew family.

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