Fallen Hero: SFC(Ret) William (Bill) A. Shack


Funeral Home

Grayson-Porter's Mortuary

401 N. Spring St. Tupelo, MS 38802


Tuesday, July 27, 2021,  3-5 PM, 2005 Hutchinson
Tupelo, Mississippi


Wednesday, July 28, 2021, 11:00 AM


Another great Soldier and Fallen Hero have been released from duty, passed from our ranks on July 22, 2021, and moved on to his heavenly home. SFC(Ret) William (Bill) A. Shack, age 68, a retired member of the MS Army National Guard who had served within HHC, 155th Separate Armored Brigade and worked as a brigade S1 Personnel NCO has departed and gone to a better place with our good Lord.

It takes a special person to serve within the military for their country giving up their family time, comfort, and safety for their country, ultimately for all Americans to enjoy their freedoms, safety, and way of life.  We now applaud you for your service to our country.  A special message from General Douglas McArthur remains applicable today for our servicemen that have passed:  “Old Soldiers never die; they just fade away”.

Rest in Peace Soldier.  We applaud your patriotism and brave efforts in serving our country and your family for their support of your service.  We thank you for your service.  Without your efforts and your families’ support, this country would not stand so boldly, shine so bright and live so free.

You now have earned a rest, so go fly with the Angels, go rest high on that mountain; your work on earth is done.  Go to heaven a-shoutin’ Love for the Father and the Son.


VERONA, MS – William Allen Shack passed away Thursday,July 22, 2021, at his home surrounded by his family in Verona, Mississippi.

A member of Blackland M.B. Church where he served as Sunday School Superintendent, Deacon Board, Church Clerk, Brotherhood Ministry Secretary, Youth Bible Teacher, TrainingUnion Director.

On October 19, 1992 he became the Associate Pastor at St. Paul Outreach Missionary Baptist Church serving proudly for twenty-three years.
Early education he attendedMary C. Wade School, George Washington Carver High School later to graduate from Tupelo HighSchool with the class of 1971. He attended many schools where he received various awards for outstanding performances. Furthering his education by
attending Itawamba Junior College, William Carey College, American Baptist Seminary where he was voted “Who’s Who” and
graduated Cum Lude.

A Veteran of the United States Army received his basic training at Fort Knox, Kentucky where he served as Clerk Typist. Upon completion of his basic training, he was stationed in Okinawa, Japan. After finishing his tour of duty in Okinawa, Japan, was stationed at West Point Academy in New York.

He was formerly employed with Tupelo Auto Sales and the first African American to become a full-time employee with the Mississippi National Guard retiring in 2001 to return to serve as the Family Assistant Director the retired in 2016.

In addition to serving in the ministry, he served his community in various capacities by serving as a member of the St. Joseph Lodge Number 131, the first African American in Lee County to serve on the Board of Trustees at ICC and to hold membership in the American Legion Post 49, Tri-County Ministry, Brothers of Strong Faith. Served as the Dean of the American Baptist Seminary Tupelo Extension, Committee Chairperson for Committee for King, Director of the Northeast Deacon Union Class served on the Board of Trustees for Access Family Health Services.

Survived by: his loving wife and caregiver of 44 years Gloria Shack, two children Jessica (Tom) Brooks, LeWinfred (Athena) Shack,
special niece Shaketta, 7 grandchildren Markel (Kelly), TaMya, Alexis, Seth, Miracle, Alexia, and Ethan, and one great grandchild Kelan
Tahj Brooks. His siblings: Dorsey (Lee) Adger of Texas; Clyde (Lezy) Shack of California; and Paul (Elizabeth) Shack of Olive Branch, MS. his in laws: Melvin (Doris), Jeffrey (Vivian), Sheila (Robert), Pamela, Dennis (Gloria), a Special Brother-in-Law Winston Wright. many
special friends, church members, and other relatives. He was proceeded in death by his parents, Tommie Lee andLuxsola Long Shack,
grandparents, and two siblingsLee Arthur Shack and Ermer Wright.