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Foy J. Shaw, Jr.

September 19, 1936 - March 4, 2017

Foy J. Shaw, Jr. of Ocracoke, North Carolina, entered Eternal Life on March 4, 2017 at 80 years of age.  Foy was born on September 19, 1936 to Foy J. Shaw, Sr. and Nola T. Thompson Shaw of Durham, North Carolina.  After earning a Bachelor’s Degree in History from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Foy went on the receive a Master’s Degree in Sociology from Radford University.

Foy devoted many years of his teaching career to the pupils of Princess Anne High School in Virginia Beach, where he was fortunate enough to meet and then share a significant part of his life with his dear friend and partner, Larry P. Williams.

In 1979, Foy and Larry left their teaching positions in Virginia Beach to begin a new phase of their lives in Ocracoke where they purchased and operated The Island Inn.  Foy truly developed a great sense of home and love for the island and enjoyed many pursuits, especially the continuation of his acting efforts in Ocracoke.  His love of and for the theater, cultivated from his time acting at the Little Theatre in Norfolk, Virginia, often took Foy and Larry to New York City to support their multitude of thespian friends by attending their wonderful plays.

Left to cherish his bright memory are his nephew, Charlie Reaves, his niece, Melanie Reaves, and the many friends he loved as dearly as if they were his family, especially many family members of Larry.  Foy was preceded in death by his parents, Foy J. Shaw, Sr. and Nola T. Thompson Shaw, his beloved partner, Larry P. Williams, and his sister, Sandra Shaw Reaves.

A memorial service for Foy will be held on Saturday, April 8, 2017 at 1:00PM at Ocracoke United Methodist Church (71 School Road, Ocracoke, NC).  In lieu of flowers, memorials in Foy’s name may be made to Ocracoke United Methodist Chursh.

Inurnment at the Maplewood Cemetery in Durham, North Carolina will occur at a later date.

The Altmeyer Funeral Home-Chesapeake Chapel is assisting the family with arrangements.  Online condolences may be expressed at


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Ocracoke United Methodist Church

71 School Rd
Ocracoke, NC 27960

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