David Neil Shockley, 51, of Abingdon, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, May 26, 2021 with his wife and daughters by his side. He is survived by his wife of nearly 20 years, Kate Shockley; three daughters, Rachel, Emma, and Hope; mother, Cheryl Skinner and husband Jim; father, David William Shockley and wife Hazel; three brothers, Brian Shockley and wife Jennifer, Sean Shockley and wife Maloree, and Chris Shockley and wife Paola; three nieces, Katie, Lina, and Siena; three nephews, Nick, Landon, and Christopher; two dogs and two cats, all of whom he loved and treasured.
David was an active member of Sinking Spring Presbyterian Church, serving as Elder, Treasurer, youth group leader, and any position that needed filling. He gave generously to the church, to charity, and to friends and strangers in need. Moreover, his leadership shined through his actions. He was kind, accepting, and a true follower of Christ.
David was also an avid sports fan, valiantly cheering on the Atlanta Braves, Baltimore Orioles, University of Maryland basketball, Washington Football Team, and even the occasional Virginia Tech football game. He was a wealth of sports knowledge and often (believed he) knew more than the commentators and referees. His family’s fondest memories were made traveling to exciting cities to attend Braves & MD basketball games.
David was also a phenomenal cook with the ability to pair spices and herbs without measuring or following a recipe. He had a love and appreciation for delicious food and took great pleasure in sharing his passion. Whether he was cooking for his family or for an event, he made enough food for a very small army. David was always the happiest when he was manning the grill or adding the finishing touches in the kitchen. His close friends and family quickly learned 15 minutes meant closer to 30, but it was always worth the wait.
David spent nearly two decades with Alpha Metallurgical Resources in Abingdon, serving as SVP of Treasury and Risk Management, along with various other critically important roles. He was a true friend to those who had worked alongside him and he always had a joke, or a well-intentioned prank planned and ready to launch, but he was also a consummate professional who could go toe-to-toe with the smartest bankers on Wall Street. As an excellent leader and teammate, he was always the first to congratulate colleagues on important milestones or a job well done.
Above all else, David loved his family. He loved his wife, he was proud of his daughters and their accomplishments, and he cherished time spent with his parents, brothers, nieces, and nephews. David was a joy to be around, and he will be missed by all who knew him.
A memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 5, 2021, at Sinking Spring Presbyterian Church, 136 E. Main St., Abingdon, VA 24210, with Rev. Kevin Campbell officiating. Visitation will be held on Friday, June 4, 2021, from 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. at the church.