Carroll Dean Shanks, 86, of Nashville, TN passed away on April 25, 2014.
He is survived by his loving wife of nearly 59 years Adair, his daughter Karen and son David (Kristi) of Nashville and son Douglas (Diana) of Rye, NY as well as five grandchildren Laura, Nat, Amy, Will, and Rachel.
He was preceded in death by his parents Ruble and Letha Shanks of Greene, County TN, sister Thelma Bowman of Elizabethton, TN, brothers A.J. (Andy) of Johnson City, TN, Wayne of Knoxville, TN and Don of Pfafftown, NC. He is survived by his brother Glen (June) of Johnson City, TN.
After volunteering for the US Air Force and attaining the rank of 2nd LT, he attended East Tennessee State University where he earned a Masters Degree. After serving briefly as head of Washington College Academy in Limestone, TN, he began corporate work with IBM where he worked until a client, National Life and Accident Insurance Company, hired him in 1965. He worked there and its successor company, American General Life and Accident Insurance Company, in numerous executive positions, eventually becoming President, Chairman, and CEO. He retired in 1992 as Vice Chairman.
Carroll lived his life believing that to whom much is received, much should be given back. Among numerous philanthropies, he was Chairman of the United Way of Middle Tennessee, The Tennessee Performing Arts Center, The Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Nashville, The Life Insurers Conference, the Pencil Foundation, and the Governor’s TennCare Roundtable. In addition, he served on the Boards of the Nashville Symphony, The Salvation Army, St. Thomas Hospital and The Seton Society, Junior Achievement, Tennessee Association of Business, Regional Transportation Authority, and many others.
For his deeds, he received the Philanthropist of the Year Award, The National Council of Christians and Jews Human Relations Award, The Tennessee Performing Arts Center Applause Award, The Boys Scouts of America Silver Beaver Award, The Free Enterprise Award from Junior Achievement, the ETSU Distinguished Alumni Award, and the American Spirit of Honor from the US Air Force among others. A devoted man of faith, he attended Covenant Presbyterian Church.
More than anything else though, he will always be remembered as the the best son, brother, husband, father, grandfather, neighbor and friend anyone could ever hope to have.
A burial service will be held at Monte Vista Cemetery in Johnson City, TN at 3pm Tuesday April 29, and a memorial service will be held at Covenant Presbyterian Church in Nashville at 11am on Thursday May 1 with visitation to follow.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Covenant Presbyterian Church at 33 Burton Hills Rd. Nashville, TN 37215, The Salvation Army, or Room in the Inn at 705 Drexel Street, Nashville, TN 37203.