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Jack Shutts 1949-2008

Jack I. Shutts Jr., 59, of Vienna, passed away on Nov. 30, 2008, at Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital surrounded by his family.
He was born in Parkersburg on July 30, 1949, a son of the late Jack I. Sr. and Martha Janelle Griffith Shutts.
Jack graduated from Parkersburg High School in 1969. He had worked in the heating and air conditioning business for many years and was with Knickerbacker Inc. for 28 years where he served as sales engineer. Jack was very involved in his community. He was a member of the Boaz Lions Club and served on the local, regional and state level. He received the two highest Lions International awards, the Leonard Jarred and Melvin Jones Fellow awards. He was a member of the Ohio Valley Home Builders Association where he received the Richard B. Yoder Community Service Award and was active with Vienna Recreation, coaching hockey. He was a member of the Arnold Golf League and served on the board of the Horizons Group Home. He enjoyed dirt track auto racing and had served as a flagger, announcer and scorekeeper at both Skyline Speedway and Tyler County Speedway.
Jack is survived by his wife of 24 years, Billie Beatty Shutts; his children, Mindy R. Schulz and Rod Jr. of Newport News, Va., Nathaniel Wanzie and Stefania of St. Marys, Ga., Jackie Shutts and companion, Mark Farrell, and his son, Kyle, of Bremerton, Wash., and Danielle Shutts of the home; and a nephew who was more like a son to Jack, Brian Reed and his wife, Angie, of Parkersburg.
Jack and Billie had the privilege of serving as host parents to 25 foreign exchange students from around the world, many with whom they still had contact.
In addition to his parents, Jack was preceded in death by a niece, Tina Reed.
The funeral service for Jack will be 1 p.m. Thursday at North Parkersburg Baptist Church. Burial will be at Sunset Memory Gardens. Visitation will be from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday at Leavitt Funeral Home, Parkersburg, and prior to the service on Thursday at the church.
Memorials may be made in Jack's memory to the Boaz Lions Club, 252 Orange Dr., Williamstown WV 26187.
Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.LeavittFuneralHome.com .

Jack Shutts Passes 1949-2008

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Thank You Fans!!! $867 raised for Shutts Family... Read More on Jack's Page

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE By Scott Wolfe

PARKERSBURG, WV- It is with great sadness that a writer has to deliver bad news. It is that feeling that now consumes me as I write of our good friend and racing's good friend, Jack Shutts. Jack has been involved in dirt track racing in the Ohio Valley for nearly 40 years, as a flagman, pit steward, scorer, track photographer, writer, and many other behind-the-scenes duties. Three weeks ago Jack sat beside me at Skyline Speedway as the head scorer. Tuesday, Oct. 7 he was diagnosed with brain cancer, and the prognosis is grim. The cancer has spread to other parts of Jack's body. Saturday, Oct. 11 drivrs and fans joined Skyline's Billy Jarrell in raising $867 for the Shutts Family. Skyline Speedway and the Shutts family would like to say "Thank You" for the overwhelming help. Although the outlook is definitely not good, Jack remains positive because of his strong belief in the Lord. Over the past several years, there was not a week that passed where I did not receive some sort of devotional from Jack. On a more personal note, he always forwarded notes and messages that affirmed that you were indeed his friend. It's that friendship that we cherish. Ironically, just about a month ago Jack was estatic that former racer and friend Steve Armentrout had beaten cancer and was now cancer free. When I talked to Jack Tuesday to offer my concerns, he expressed his unselfish nature by in turn asking how my dad (who has cancer) was and how his treatments were going. Friend Steve Shaver dedicated his win to Jack Saturday at Skyline's Jack-O-Lantern 30. Shaver waved the flag high in the air and said, "This is for my friend Jack Shutts and his family," as he lowered his head as if to say a quick, silent prayer. Another good friend is Mike Balzano. Shutts always had good, interesting stories to tell of that duo, some of which came from Jack's stint as a PROS official back in the 1980's. Jack has flagged at Skyline, Hilltop, Pennsboro, West Virginia Motor, Ohio Valley, Tyler County and numerous other dirt track venues as a guest flagman. He currently is head scorer at Skyine and Tyler County. Jack has a long battle ahead, but his faith is sustaining him, just as his friendship sustained many of us in struggling times. As a writer, one thinks of things that would make good racing stories. Earlier in the year, I wanted to do a story on Jack and his family, but a new job kept me busy, and as time passed that story never developed beyond the thinking stage. I wish I had done that story. Many people knew Jack and his family for selling Mid-American auto racing news at area tracks. In fact, all of Jack's children helped earn their way to college by selling that trade paper, and youngest daughter, 16-year-old Danny (Danielle), is currently the one fans look for when they want their favorite racing paper. Jack is married to wife Billy. Together they have 3 other grown children, Mindy, Nathan and Jackie, all former sales representatives at area tracks. According to friend and colleague Steve Davis, "He is alert, and enjoys the company of visitors." Jack is in Camden Clark Hospital, Room 305-A, Parkersburg, WV. Please pass along any get-well wishes and join this author in praying for a miracle.

 

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