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Obituary for Leo Davis Shanks

Leo Davis Shanks, age 87, of 1824 Indian Draft Rd. Millboro, Virginia died Friday, July 29, 2022, at The Springs Nursing Home in Hot Springs.

Leo was born December 10, 1934, in Bath County, Virginia to the late Raymond Wilson Shanks and Elva Isadore Loan Shanks. He was a lifelong member, Elder and Trustee of Windy Cove Presbyterian Church. He loved spending time with Family. He was an avid outdoorsman, who loved gardening, hunting, and fishing. At 15 he began his work for Shanks Logging where he worked for 65 years.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Johnny Shanks and Wilson Shanks; a sister, Maxine Stewart and a son-in-law Jay Higgs.

He is survived by his wife, Emma Jean Shanks of Millboro; three children, Wanda Higgs of Bridgewater, Garry Shanks and wife Jo Ann of Millboro, and Amy Coleman and husband Jeff of Charlottesville; eight grandchildren, Tim Poe (Tonya), Jon Higgs (Jessi,) J.W. Higgs (Kim), Jimmy Higgs (Stephanie), Julie Wagoner (Mike), Justin Shanks (Cara), Leah Duesterhaus (Andrew) and Tyler Coleman; fifteen great grandchildren Kayla Shanks, Clayton Wagoner, Camden Wagoner, Nora Jean Shanks, Josephine Shanks, T.J. Poe, Brooke Spitzer, Patrick Stover, Henley Higgs, Davis Higgs, William Higgs, Katherine Higgs, Dakota Higgs, Chloe Higgs, Gavin Higgs; great great grandchildren, Elijah Poe, Braelynn Knight, Leighton Stover, a number of nieces and nephews and a special dog, Shep.

A funeral service will be held Saturday August 6, 2022, at 1:00 PM at Windy Cove Presbyterian Church, Millboro Springs with Pastor Con Sauls officiating. Interment will follow at Windy Cove Cemetery, Millboro Springs. Pallbearers will be grandsons Tim Poe, Jon Higgs, Justin Shanks, Tyler Coleman, T.J.Poe, Clayton Wagoner, Camden Wagoner, and Mike Shanks. Honorary Pallbearers will be; Mike Wagoner, Andrew Duesterhaus, Davis Higgs and Elijah Poe.

The family will receive friends at the church on Saturday from 11:00-1:00 PM prior to the service.