Shives honored with ‘Bill Shives Way’ signage

COLUMBIA – The Bill Shives family was honored on June 16 by Mayor Steve Benjamin, representing the City of Columbia, for their many years of service to countless families in the Midlands. The occasion was the unveiling of new street signage designating the corner of Colonial Drive and Standish Street as ‘Bill Shives Way.’ The sign is adjacent to the Colonial Chapel of Shives Funeral Home.

Benjamin recognized Bill Shives as having been a key part of the Shives Funeral Home since 1967, still a family owned business with Shives’s nephew, Randolph Shives, at the helm. Bill Shives has been in the funeral business for 71 years.

Shives thanked the City for the recognition and noted the pleasure of having served the many families of the community.

“Meeting the needs of families in their most trying times and doing it with compassion and love and bringing the grace and mercy of Jesus Christ to families when they need it the most is an example, I believe, of the very best of us,” Benjamin said.

Bill and Barbara Shives are longtime residents of Blythewood and are active in many of the community’s civic and church activities, and are popular regulars, with their dogs, walking in the Blythewood Christmas Parade.

Bill is a member of the Blythewood Rotary Club, serves on the S.C Board of Funeral Services, the Transplantation Committee of the American Red Cross for the Southeastern United States and the advisory board of Transport for Christ. The Shives are members of Trinity United Methodist Church.

Blythewood’s Bill and Barbara Shives celebrate the unveiling of street sign designating the 5200 block of Colonial Drive at Standish Street, Bill Shives Way. | Contributed

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