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OBIT: John Shary Shivers

FORT WORTH – John Shary Shivers, 71, passed away Thursday, July 21, 2011.

He was the son of Gov. Robert Allan Shivers and Marialice Shary Shivers and the grandson of Mission citrus pioneer and developer John H. Shary.

5004912A.0Mr. Shivers was born June 1, 1940, in Port Arthur, attended Austin High School, and attained the rank of Eagle Scout.  He went on to graduate from the University of Texas, earning a bachelor’s degree in economics and was a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity.

A prominent Texas banker whose career spanned over 40 years, he began his career at Capital National Bank in Austin. In 1974, he moved to Ft. Worth where he became CEO and chairman of Southwest Bank, one of the largest independent community banks in North Texas. He remained with Southwest Bank until his retirement in 2007. John was a tireless advocate for community banking across the state and the nation, having served as president of the Independent Bankers Association of Texas and president and director of the Independent Bankers Association of America.

Mr. Shivers served as the past vice chairman of the board of regents of Texas Woman's University in Denton and was a member of Shady Oaks Country Club, Petroleum Club of Ft. Worth and the Ft. Worth Chamber of Commerce.

Survivors include his wife, Gayla Ferree Shivers; son, Robert Morris Shivers; daughters, Shannon Baumgardner, Shary Harman, and Miller Vance; stepdaughter, Laura Lynn Dawson; stepson, Michael Christopher Ferree; brothers, Allan Shivers Jr. and Brian Shivers; sister, Marialice Ferguson; and 11 grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a son, John Shary Shivers Jr.

A memorial service was held at the First United Methodist Church of Ft. Worth on July 23.

Memorials may be made to the Sportsmen's Club of Ft. Worth, the Ft. Worth First United Methodist Church Mission Fund, or Cook Children's Medical Center in Ft. Worth.

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