Alvin Curtis Shaw, affectionately known as ‘June Bug,’ 57, transitioned Tuesday, March 5, 2019. He was born September 9, 1961 in Dallas, TX. He was the son of Flossie Hickson Shaw and Alvin Curtis Finney. He was the seventh child and the youngest of Flossie’s children. Alvin grew up in West Dallas. Later his family moved to the Highland Hills Neighborhood and lived on Judge Dupree. He graduated from Wilmer-Hutchins High School, class of 1980. He pursued a career in electronics, home/residential security, and sound systems.
Above ALL else, Alvin loved music, making music, and playing music with his friends. He played the bass guitar, keyboard, drums, and could sing when he wanted to. He played with the gospel artists The Texas Boyz, Carnell Murell, Shirley Caesar, Kirk Franklin, and Fred Hammond. He was the bass guitarist and band director of his own group, ‘Masterpiece,’ and played gospel, jazz, R&B, country, and rock. He was an active musician at Union Gospel Missionary Baptist Church. He also played in the band for many years at Faithful Missionary Baptist Church, Concord Church, and Good Shepherd Baptist Church. He was a MASTER musician.
His name means ‘noble friend.’ With such a sweet and humble spirit, Alvin touched the lives of so many people. He was unselfish with his time, talent, tithe, gifts, friendship, wisdom, knowledge, and love.
Alvin was pretransitioned by his mother, father, and three brothers (J.T. Shaw, Michael Shaw, and Kenneth Shaw.) He is survived by his loving wife, Karen Shaw; one brother, James Frank Shaw; two sisters, Rose Mary Shaw-Oliver and Patricia Shaw; His niece Shanetta Shaw-Cunningham was raised with him and was like a sister; two aunts, Peggy Hickson and Virginia ‘Kay Kay’ Thompson; two uncles, Jimmy ‘Dan’ Hickson and Willie ‘Gene’ Hickson; many, many uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews, cousins, friends, colleagues, neighbors, and MUSICIANS. Alvin LOVED his family and friends.
Alvin will truly be missed. Keep him in your hearts. Feel his love. Remember his goodness. Heed his advice. Alvin was a God-fearing and saved man. I knew him as my husband, lover, protector, and friend. Thank you all for your kindness and prayers. Karen Shaw