Ernest “Paul” Shawver

Ernest "Paul" Shawver
Ernest “Paul” Shawver

Ernest “Paul” Shawver, 76, of Amarillo, TX died Saturday, December 9, 2023.

Private services will be held at a later date.

Paul was born November 25, 1947, in Jacksboro, TX to Anderson David Shawver and Eva Tabitha Cashion Shawver.

While attending Jacksboro High School, Paul was a player on the 1966 State Championship football team.  He also was in band, choir, and the Barbershop Quartet.  Following graduation from Jacksboro High School, Paul earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Texas at Arlington where he was a member of the UTA Choir.

Paul was a member of First United Methodist Church in Jacksboro and a member of Kingswood United Methodist Church in Amarillo.

He married Karen Smith on March 15, 1986.

Paul worked for the Texas Department of Human Resources, Children’s Protective Services, and was Regional Director of the Texas Workforce Commission.  Upon retirement, he enjoyed buying and selling antiques on 6th Street on Route 66 in Amarillo.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Eva Cashion Shawver; father, Anderson “Andy” Shawver; sister, Mary Lois Slaton; brother-in-law, Ed Slaton; niece, Eva Marie Solomon; sister-in-law, Sandra Lewis Shawver; mother-in-law, Maxine Rice; and father-in-law, William B. Rice.

Survivors include his wife, Karen Shawver, of Amarillo, TX; daughter, Paula Guidry, of Rowlett, TX; son, Ben Shawver, of Denton, TX; stepson, Byron Smith and wife Tiffany, of Lubbock, TX; stepdaughter, Darci Smith Nuss and husband Jon, of Frederick, MD; brother, David Shawver, of Richardson, TX; brother-in-law, Bill Rice and wife Edna, of Lubbock, TX; sister-in-law, Lou Ann Cox and husband Terry, of Amarillo, TX; grandchildren, Jacob, Alyssa, Bryce, Avery, and Quinn; nieces and nephews, Casey, Cori, Michelle, William, Russell, Sarah, and John.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations in memory of Paul Shawver to Wesley Community Center, South Campus, 1615 S Roberts St., Amarillo, TX 79102; or First United Methodist Church, 406 N Main St., Jacksboro, TX 76458.

6 Replies to “Ernest “Paul” Shawver”

  1. I worked with Paul at TDHS here in Amarillo and remember well that mischievous smile, you knew he was about to pull off something. Paul was sometimes snarky before the term even existed. He was helpful and friendly to all of his co-workers. He was missed when he left the Amarillo office. I just saw his obit. today, I’m sorry I missed his funeral service. Prayers for his family just wanted them to know more good things about him.

  2. I am so sorry to read of His passing. From knowing Karen and reading other notes here, I wish I had met him. Karen, I pray for you..for whatever you need to get through the days ahead. God bless you.

  3. I met Paul while standing in line at an estate sale. He was so funny with his “Dad” jokes! He was also truly knowledgeable in everything from antique to vintage items and was willing to share his knowledge when asked. Paul liked to kid around, and I remember one time when we were waiting in line, the topic of Tupperware came up. He talked loud enough that other people in line would hear that the market on Tupperware was hot and anyone that could pick up a piece of that would make a large profit. We got the biggest laugh over that because he was trying to get the people in line to go directly to where the Tupperware was located while he was scooping up all the good treasures in another part of the estate sale! That was a good one, Paul, I will miss you and will always smile when I see Tupperware.

  4. Paul was a good friend in high school. He was always kind and considerate, thoughtful and caring. And although we lost touch through the years, the times we communicated recently I could tell he hadn’t changed. The world is a better place because people like Paul lived. He will be missed.

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