The Obit For Shag Shahid

Wadere Simon "Shag" Shahid Jr.
Nov. 17, 1925 - March 24, 2012

Published in Northwest Florida Daily News on March 27, 2012

In loving memory of Wadere Simon "Shag" Shahid Jr.

Shag Shahid, a resident of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., for 53 years, passed away March 24 with his loving family at his side. Shag was born in Charleston, S.C., on Nov. 17, 1925, and raised in Timmonsville, S.C., during his primary years. He attended the Citadel after serving in the U.S. Navy during World War II.

Shag was an avid sports man and played collegiate football and baseball. After leaving college, he played minor league baseball as a pitcher for the Boston Red Socks. Although he loved all sports, his greatest love and expertise was bass fishing. He was well known in the bass fishing industry and on the bass tournament circuit, and for the many rods, reels and lures he invented while working for Lou Children's Co. in Foley, Ala.

After leaving baseball, he moved to Birmingham, Ala., and opened Shag's Restaurant, where he met and later married Lola Price (the love of his life, in 1955). He moved from Birmingham to Fort Walton Beach, where he owned and operated Shag's BBQ.

Shag was chosen to host two former presidents, George Bush and Jimmy Carter, on bass fishing trips. Shag was a guest of the Japanese Government to travel throughout Japan, promoting bass fishing industry and equipment (rods, reels, etc.). He was also a professional trick caster and performed many exciting shows sponsored by the fishing industry to help make fishing what it is today.

Shag was preceded in death by his parents, Wadere Simon Sr., and Marie K. Shahid, who instilled in him Christian values, beliefs, loyalty, and love of family; brothers, Earnest W. and Robert J. Shahid Sr.; and nephews, Earnest W. Shahid Jr. and Mark A. Shahid. He survived by his devoted wife, Lola; and sons, Wadere "Wade" S. Shahid III and James Kevin Shahid; grandson, Tyler; great-grandson Ryler; granddaughter, Katelyn; sister, Agnes M. Shahid; and sisters-in-law, Margaret and Billie Shahid.

Shag is also survived by many nieces and nephews, family and friends.
Shag loved his God, country and family. He loved people, never met a stranger, and was always the center of attention at gatherings with his many fishing jokes and tales as "told by the pro." He was a happy man and made those around him smile. He will be dearly missed.

Visitation will be March 28 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Emerald Coast Funeral Home, 113 Racetrack Road N.E., Fort Walton Beach.

A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Thursday, March 29, at 11 a.m. at the Resurrection Catholic Church, 259 Miramar Beach Drive, Miramar Beach, Fla., with Monsignor Slade Crawford officiating.

Flowers are welcome, also memorials in his name, or donations to your favorite charity.