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Louis Spencer Shaw

L. Spencer Shaw, of Montevallo, Alabama, passed away July 2, 2022. He was preceded in death by his mother Mary Sue Cotten Shaw, father Ada Louis Shaw, and sister, Cornelia A. Shaw.


Spencer had an impressive career in music. He began his musical training under the tutelage of Robert W. Moore and continued that training at the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa. He attended graduate studies at the Boston Conservatory of Music, studying with members of the Boston Symphony. In subsequent years he studied with members of the Chicago Symphony. Spencer holds degrees in Music Education and Trombone Performance.


Spencer’s playing experience included 15 years as Principal Bass Trombonist with the Birmingham Symphony (Alabama Symphony Orchestra) in addition to many years of performing with professional big bands, studio recording experiences, and local musical ensembles (UAB Super Jazz, Night Flight Band, Summerfest, etc.).  He began his teaching career in Hamilton, MA, then Minor and Gardendale High Schools, followed by five years as director of instrumental ensembles at the Indian Springs School (AL). He taught at the University of Montevallo from 1971 to 1994, as Director of Bands and Head of Instrumental Activities, and achieved Professor of Music Emeritus. After retirement, he founded and conducted the Montevallo Community Band and also conducted the Birmingham Community Concert Band for years.


In addition to his music career, Spencer became a professional builder (Little River Service Company) and oversaw the construction of countless, high quality custom homes enjoyed by families throughout the Birmingham area. He was a lifelong lover of nature, an avid fisherman (he always caught the most and the biggest), photographer, and traveler. Environmental conservation was a particular passion.


Spencer was a loving husband, father, and grandfather/great-grandfather and is survived by his wife Connie Crider Shaw, son William Shaw, daughters Lisa Shaw, Julia Shaw, and Leslie Fatzinger (Kyle), three grandchildren, two great grandchildren, brother Buck Kennedy (Joan), many other relatives and friends, and his faithful dog, Buddy.


A private interment will be held at Hot Sulphur Springs Cemetery, CO, 10 am, Saturday, July 9. Family will be celebrating Spencer’s life with family and friends at his favorite local restaurant, Debbie’s Diner, Granby, CO from 12:30-2pm.


In lieu of flowers, a music scholarship has been established at the University of Montevallo for promising music majors. To contribute, please mail a check (note “Spencer Shaw” on the check) to:


University of Montevallo

Station 6215

Meroney House

Montevallo, AL 35115


A memorial service will be held in Alabama at a later date.

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Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers!!
Daria DellaPenta Howard

Daria Howard Aug 4 2022 5:24 PM

I knew Spencer as a fellow musician, as a skilled contractor who turned nightmare home repair jobs into works of art, and as one of my favorite medical patients. He displayed a unique combination of care and compassion for folks with the ability to be quite direct when criticism was called for. The twinkle in his eye was a clue to his robust sense of humor which often seemed to be triggered spontaneously by the mere thought of something funny. He was a pleasure to be around. I am glad that he and Connie and Will were in the process of fulfilling their dream at the time of his death. I will miss him.

Robert Black Jul 13 2022 9:31 AM

Always enjoyed Spenser and being in his band during his Birmingham Community Concert Band days.

Bill Darden Jul 10 2022 7:12 PM

May Spencer continue finding in this new life nature's beauty & music which he shared with us.

Gay Tucker Jul 8 2022 3:55 PM