Fallen Hero: SSG Kenneth “Wayne” Shows Sr. (Ret)


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Military Service Tribute, Honors, and Obituary 

Recognizing and Honoring a Fallen Hero, Who Served Within the Mississippi National Guard. “Fallen, Yet Not Forgotten”

In recognition of our proud American tradition of honorable service which our military men and women have given to their country and our State, we honor a Fallen Hero. Our nation, our state, and the National Guard Association of MS (NGAMS) regard the memorializing of its retired military deceased as an honorable and sacred obligation.

Another great Soldier and Fallen Hero has been released from duty, passed from our ranks on January 20, 2024, and has moved on to his heavenly home.  SSG Kenneth “Wayne” Shows Sr. (Ret), age 81, who had served in the MSARNG within the 41st Army Band as Drum Major has departed and gone to a better place with our good Lord. Kenneth had worked full-time within the AGO Facilities Management Office.

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, sacrifices, 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, our 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.

Another great Soldier has gone home, “Fallen, Yet Not Forgotten, Soldier for Life”.

Obituary, Visitation, and Service details:  

July 30, 1942 — January 20, 2024



Kenneth “Wayne” Shows Sr. passed away on Saturday, January 20, 2024, in Morton. MS. He was 81 years old.

Wayne was born on July 30, 1942, to William Collin Shows and Eugnia Frazier Shows in New Orleans, LA. He retired from the United States Army National Guard where he served as a Drum Major for the Army National Guard Band in Jackson, MS. Wayne was an avid Nascar fan, and his favorite driver was Tony Stewart.

Wayne is preceded in death by his parents; and his wife of 51 years, Sandra Vee Shows. He is survived by his sons, Kenneth Wayne Shows Jr. of Gulfport, MS, William Collin Shows of Jackson, MS, and Paul Wynne (Brenda) of Lake, MS; sister, Louise Butler of Gulfport, MS; grandchildren, Paul Zachary Wynne, Emily Wynne-Pool (Matthew), and Jonathan Berry Wynne; and 5 great grandchildren.