Otis Ray Shinn, 84, died Thursday, July 18, 2019 at his home surrounded by his loved ones in Nacogdoches.
He leaves his wife of 65 years, Elizabeth (Coulter) Shinn; his son, Stephen Shinn and wife, Sheila; his grandson, Jeremy Shinn and wife, Andrea; his granddaughter, Stephanie Reeves and husband, Tyler; great-grandchildren Colton Kimbrough, Ella Kimbrough, Jace Shinn, Renee Reeves, and Allison Shinn; brother Clarence Shinn and wife, Carlene; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his parents Lee David and Exia Etta Shinn, sister Flora Mae Salvaggio, and brother Billie Lee Shinn.
Born and raised in Brazoria, Texas, he was a lifelong resident of Nacogdoches.
In his early years, Mr. Shinn lived in Houston before moving to New York. He met his wife, Elizabeth Coulter, and they were married in 1954.
After moving to Houston shortly after marriage, Mr. Shinn began working in the electrical business. In 1963, he and his family moved to Garrison. In Nacogdoches, Mr. Shinn started Otis Shinn Electric, which remains in the family to this day. He was very proud that alongside other electricians, Bob Consford and others, they worked to establish the National Electric Code in the City of Nacogdoches. He not only took pride in his business, but truly relished the friends he made during his time here.
Mr. Shinn had a passion for travel and spent much time with his wife on adventures in their travel trailer. He especially loved his time in British Columbia where they met lifelong friends and spent many summers panning for gold. An avid fisherman, Mr. Shinn loved spending time at the Texas Gulf Coast near his childhood home.
Mr. Shinn never met a stranger. He was the definition of kindness and generosity. He adored his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
A celebration of life will be held Saturday, July 20 from 5:30 - 8:00 at Fredonia Hotel in Nacogdoches.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to https://www.gofundme.com/otis-shinn-memorial-scholarship-fund.