Gary Robert Shanks

On June 3, 2021 Gary Robert Shanks, devoted husband, father, and “Pops” to his two precious grandboys, died at the age of 74 after battling months of complications from a massive stroke. He was born July 7, 1946 in Roanoke to Orion Robert Shanks and Florence Morgan Shanks. 

He was raised on the family farm in Botetourt County and from an early age hit rocks across the creek going through the New York Yankees batting order.  A lifelong sports fan, his man cave is filled with baseball memorabilia. Gary loved country music and sang loudly whether in the shower or in church. On special occasions he was the first person on the dance floor performing the “Fincastle Stomp” to his favorite “Rocky Top” song.  

Gary enjoyed retirement in Louisa County after years of working in accounting. Strong in body and mind, he would say his greatest achievement in life was devotion to his family: wife, Pattie, of 47 years; son, Garrett Shanks; daughter, Morgan Toxie; grandsons, Adam Everett Toxie, age 5, and Ethan Robert Toxie, age 2; sister and brother-in-law, Patsy and Wayne Duffy, of Roanoke.  

A visitation was held on Monday, June 7, 2021 at Lacy Funeral Home in Mineral from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. A graveside service was held on Tuesday, June 8, 2021 at Spring Grove Cemetery in Mineral at 11:00 a.m. 

In honor of his memory, memorial gifts can be given to Holly Grove Volunteer Rescue Squad or Fire Department.

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