On May 17, 1949, in Galveston, Texas, God sent one of his angels to do great things in this world. Armour Ray Epps and Mamie Helen Johnson were blessed with a unique baby girl and her name was Lucy Faye. Lucy’s stepfather Johnny Johnson, Sr. and grandparents (James and Rachel Epps) all participated in raising her after Mamie Helen passed away from her fight with breast cancer.
After graduating from Central High School in Galveston, Lucy took on her first dispatching job at a Galveston taxicab company and joined the Galveston Police Department as a dispatcher. She worked full time from 1973 until 1982, she was then hired in West Galveston County. In 1985, she decided to attend the College of the Mainland, Texas City, Texas to become a fully certified licensed peace officer. While attending college, she was a member of Phi Theta Kappa National Honor Fraternity. For 16 years, she was a dispatched police officers for crime scenes and met the love of her life Harry Shaw, Jr. Lucy and Harry decided to relocate to Brunswick, Georgia. For some reason, she fell in love with this city on her first visit, and in July of 1987, her dream of becoming a police officer came true.
Lucy joined, the Glynn County Police Department in 1987 as a police officer. In 1989, she transferred to the investigative unit and was promoted in 1993 to corporal, with this promotion came a new assignment as our DARE instructor. For several years, she guided children in the Glynn County Public Schools through this program, helping to guide and shape the lives of untold thousands. In 2001, she was promoted to sergeant. She transferred to 911 in 2008 after serving with GCPD for over 21 years. She retired from the county with a combined 28 years of service.
Lucy was a woman of strong faith and character. She was a minister of the gospel at St James Missionary Baptist Church, Brunswick, Georgia. Lucy studied at Armstrong Atlantic State University and Wings of Faith Bible College earning a doctorate in theology from Wings of faith in 2011. Lucy was the founder of WWEZ Rejoice Gospel Radio 94.7/97.5 in Brunswick, GA. An endeavor, she cherished as she spread her faith across the airwaves.
Dr. Lucy Faye Shaw has served this community in countless ways for decades. She changed lives and ministered to those in need. She earned her blessings, and we are thankful for her. She leaves to cherish her memories and legacy: children, Andrew Lucius Bell, Fred Lee Smith III, and Rachona Danielle Smith; sister, Diane Johnson; grandchildren, Andrew, Joseph, Nykia, Tia, Ty’Rek, Teon, Zey, Makayla, and Isaiah.
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