Reverend Shaw was born September 27, 1891, in Wilmington, North Carolina, where he lived until he was twelve years old. He worked as a carpenter and preached in Pennsylvania and West Virginia before coming to Champaign in 1942. In regard to making a living he says, "I lived where I could go. Did anything I could do." He came to Champaign when his first wife died. He worked in landscaping and remodeling in Champaign.,
Urbana and was last employed at Chanute for several years.