He was born on March 20, 1943 the son of Thomas M. and Helen P. (Owens) Shields.
As a minister, Bro. Shields ministered at the First Apostolic Church of Worthington for the past 25 years. He was a graduate of Bloomington High School and was also a longtime truck driver. He was a self-employed owner/operator with Sims Motor Transport Co, drove for Ralph Rogers & Co (also known as IMI), Prairie Ready-Mix Co., Hoosier Concrete of Solsberry and most recently retired from school bus driving with the Monroe County Community School Corp. He was also a veteran of the U.S. Army.
Rev. Shields could never say no. Better known as "Bro. Tommy," he was always willing to help someone in need. A passionate provider to his family, he extended himself to those who may not have known him personally, but would become his friend. He was tireless in serving his Lord and his church, doing whatever possible to make the Church available to those who needed to be blessed by the Love of God.
His family includes his loving wife, LuAnn (Tate) Shields, his daughter and son-in-law, Julie and Darrin May of Bloomington, his son and daughter-in-law, Tyler and Laurissa Shields of Linton, his grandchildren, Hunter and Madelyn Shields and Rebeca May, three sisters, Joyce Rayle of Solsberry, Paula (husband Rev. Joe Williams) Williams of Owasso, MI and Jennifer (husband Rick) Mitchner of Bloomington and one brother, Mike (wife Marlys) Shields of Bloomington.
He was preceded in death by his daughter, Rebeca Shields-Eads, his parents, one sister in infancy, Thomica Jo Shields and his mother and father-in-law, Wendell and Peggy (Johnson) Tate.
Funeral service will be at 1 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 23, 2011 at Shiloh Pentecostal Temple, 77 W. Smithville Road in Bloomington with Revs. Charles Benninghoff and Jud Sears officiating. Burial will be at Clear Creek Cemetery where the Veterans Honor Guard will conduct Military Graveside Rites.
Friends may call at the church on Thursday from 4-8 p.m. and one hour preceding the service on Friday.
Memorial contributions may be made to the First Apostolic Church of Worthington Building Fund or the American Cancer Society in care of Allen Funeral Home, 4155 S. Old St Rd. 37, Bloomington, Ind., 47401. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.allenfuneralhome.org .