John “Johnny” Boland Shields

February 26, 1951 - July 30, 2022

02/26/1951 - 07/30/2022

Past Services

Saturday August 06, 2022
11:00 am
Baptist Cemetery
4764 US-258
Scotland Neck, NC 27874

John “Johnny” Boland Shields age 71, of Scotland Neck, passed away on July 30, 2022 at his residence.

He was born on February 26, 1951 to James and Frances Shields. Johnny graduated from Scotland Neck High School and NC State University with a degree in agriculture and was a member of Kappa Sigma Fraternity. He was one of the best there ever was, great man, father, grandfather, fiancé to Susan Kelly, brother, friend, farmer, commercial fisherman, hunter, trapper, the list goes on and on. He was a member of Clark Gun Club, Shields Commissary Hunting Club and Old Church Hunting Club. Johnny loved spending time on the NC coast especially Hatteras Island and Oriental. He was part owner of The Trawl Door Restaurant located in Oriental, NC.

Johnny was preceded in death by mother, Frances Boland Shields, father, James Griffin Shields, Jr. stepmother, Margaret Boland Shields and son, Jarett Wayne Shields.

Johnny is survived by his son, Matthew Evan Shields of Scotland Neck; his granddaughter, Sloane Amelia Shields; long time partner and fiancé Susan Kelly and her sons, Ryan Harrison Kelly, Tyler Scott Kelly and Dylan Quinn Kelly; his brother, Jimmy Shields and his wife Carol of Scotland Neck; his niece, Brandy Martin and her husband Buck and their children Coby, Carter and Cloei.

The family will receive friends at the home of Matt Shields throughout the week.

Graveside memorial services will be held on Saturday, August 6, 2022 at 11:00 am at the Baptist Cemetery in Scotland Neck.

Memorial contributions may be made directly to Sylvain Heights Bird Park, 500 Sylvan Heights Park Way, Scotland Neck, NC 27874 or online clicking here

Letchworth-Sykes Funeral Service is handling the arrangements for the Shields family and online condolences can be directed to the family by visiting

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Sue Armstrong
1 year ago

I will miss Johnny my prayers go out to the family.

John Byrd & Hazel hanff
1 year ago

Spent a long nite with him discussing life and pretty much everything in his “annex”. Have never forgotten that conversation. May he and all who knew and loved him carry his gentle wit and wisdom for as long as we tarry on this earth

Maurice & Sharon Robinson
1 year ago

Sorry to hear of Johnnys passing. We have so many memories from the 70’s of jeep riding through whites millpond, flat field, Jenny gut and the brick road. He was such a nice guy and we cherish the memories we had with him. Rest In Peace my friend.

Leslie and Gary Lilley
1 year ago

Always such a nice guy. Condolences to his family.

Janet Brooks Dudley
1 year ago

Johnny was a friend way back. I have fond memories and am so sorry to hear of his passing. We were the same age and this only makes me appreciate whatever time I have left that much more. I want to let all his family know that I’m saddened by their loss and wish them only good memories and healing. God Bless.

Analee Bibbey
1 year ago

So sorry to hear this. We always thought a lot of John. Our condolences to his family and friends.

John A. Venturo & Brian Angold
1 year ago

Our sincere condolences to Sue and Johnny’s family. Sending healing prayers to each of you during this most difficult time…..

Roland W Edwards
1 year ago

I’m saddened to hear this news, but it brings to mind so many wonderful memories. Johnny truly loved to live life and have fun and I’m grateful that I was able to spend some of those moments with him.
May our heavenly Father comfort his family and friends.

Cynthia Floyd
1 year ago

Too many wonderful mid-90s memories to capture here, from four-wheelers, to card games with the boys at the red house, the best shrimp you ever ate, OP shorts, hunting, that blue pickup truck, watching the ducks fly in at sunset – Johnny knew how to appreciate the simple, yet most precious things in life. Words cannot adequately express how deeply sorry I am for your family’s loss. Johnny was a truly special individual. Please don’t hesitate to let me know if there is anything I can do.
With sincere condolences and love.

1 year ago

I am deeply sorry to hear this. My sincere condolences for Matt and family.