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Annie Lois Shields

June 21, 1944 ~ August 7, 2007 (age 63)

Obituary

Annie Lois McAdory Shields was born on June 21, 1944 to the late Tommie and Annie Mae McAdory. As a teenager she accepted Christ and joined Jerusalem Baptist Church where she was baptized by the Reverend W. C. Ward. She began her education in the Jefferson County School System, graduating from Brighton High School. She went on to receive a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Tennessee State University. On July 24, 1970, she married her childhood sweetheart, Robert Earl Shields. They were blessed with two children: Patrick and Sean. She moved to Honolulu, Hawaii where she and Robert lived for three years. While there she worked for AFEES at Ft. Shafter Army Base and later as an insurance adjuster. In August 1973, she and Robert moved to Atlanta, Georgia. In Atlanta, she worked thirty-two years with the Fulton County Juvenile Court where she served as a probation officer, supervisor of the probation officer staff, and later as founder and coordinator of the first Juvenile Drug Court in the state of Georgia. She also served as the school PTA President for most of her sons' elementary and middle school years. She was an avid Atlanta Falcons football fan and held season tickets for several years. =============================================================================== A LIFE OF SERVICE: EXPRESSIONS FROM THE FULTON COUNTY JUVENILE COURT Mrs. Annie Shields devoted over 32 years of service to the Fulton County Juvenile Court. Over the years Ms. Shields has touched the lives of a countless number of families and children through her work at the court. She was originally employed with the court on May 17, 1974 as a Probation Case Aide...February 1, 1994 she was promoted to Supervising Probation Officer. Ms. Shields was selected as employee of the quarter April 16, 1993. In 1999 Bernice Tyrell stated in her evaluation of Shields, "Her leadership has been an asset to the court," and indeed it has. In 2003 Ms. Shields found the area of the court where she would forever leave a lasting impression. It was at that time that the Family Drug Court program was created. Ms. Shields, along with several others, founded the program intended to help parents with addictions to alcohol and drugs overcome their addiction and establish permanent, safe homes for their children. Immediately Ms. Shields was passionate about helping the parents, especially the mothers. It was not uncommon for mothers to call Ms. Shields any time of the day or night. She would offer them rides to and from treatment, and was always willing to help them with any problem they had and to do whatever it took for the parents to succeed. It is largely because of her efforts that the program is such a success today. Ms. Shields' legacy lives on through the Family Drug Court program. Mr. James Brownlee, Shields' supervisor in 2003, stated, "She hae a willing spirit when called for any assignment." Mr. Brownlee's statement hsa been true throughout her career; anything she was assigned to she poured her whole heart into. Annie Shields retired on December 27, 2006. Over Ms. Shields' 32 years of employment, she has made lasting friendships with co-workers and has enriched the lives of all who came to know her. Ms. Annie Shields will surely be missed by her Juvenile Court Family. On behalf of Administration and all the staff of the Fulton County Juvenile Court, our deepest sympathy to the family of Annie Shields during this difficult time.

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Viewing

July 13, 2007, 2:00 pm
July 13, 2007, 9:00 pm
Poole's Funeral Chapels
1501 7th Avenue, North
Birmingham, AL 35203
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Phone: (205) 322-5574

Funeral Service

July 14, 2007, 2:00 pm
July 14, 2007, 12:00 am
Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church
7941 Lou George Loop
Bessemer, AL 35022
Phone: 205-428-1010

Burial

July 14, 2007, 12:00 am
July 14, 2007, 12:00 am
Jerusalem Cemetery
Pocahontas Road
Bessemer, AL 35022

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