Funeral service information announced for Columbia TV Sports Director Bob Shields
Funeral service information has been announced for Bob Shields. Shields, the longtime WLTX-TV sports director who covered high school and college sports in the Columbia area for 30 years, died late last week. Shields, 59, had been battling cancer for about a year and a half.
Obituary from Caughman-Harman Funeral Home
Robert Arthur “Bob” Shields
IRMO – Robert Arthur “Bob” Shields, 59, went to heaven on December 28, 2018 at home surrounded by his loving family. Bob was born July 19, 1959, in Charleston SC. to Iver Hersey and Arthur Emmett Shields. He is survived by his wife, Renee’ Ellisor Shields, son, Kevin and daughter, Gena. He is also survived by his sister Michelle Wenz (Ed) of Charleston, SC, brother, James Daw (Robben) of Mascoutah, IL, sister Sheryl Shields Bailey, Summerville, SC, Sister-in-law, Sandy Ellisor of Irmo, SC, and Mother-in-law, Janice C. Ellisor Irmo SC, In addition, he is survived by numerous nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends at St. Jacobs Lutheran Church, 844 Columbia Avenue, Chapin SC on Wednesday, January 2, 2019 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. A memorial service will be held Thursday, January 3, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at St Jacobs Lutheran Church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the St Jacob’s Lutheran Women and also to St. Jacob’s Lutheran Men’s groups.
A University of South Carolina graduate, Shields was promoted to Sports Director in the early 1980s.
A visitation for Shields will take place from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, January 2 at St. Jacobs Lutheran Church, at 844 Columbia Avenue in Chapin. A memorial service is scheduled for the following day at 11 a.m., also at St. Jacobs Lutheran.
During his tenure, Shields was named Sportscaster of the Year three consecutive years by the South Carolina Broadcasters Association. He also won several Emmys.
He was one of the top sports anchors and reporters in the state, and he was known for his devotion to the people and events he covered. He was also known for his passion for high schools sports which gave him the opportunity to tell the stories of young athletes.