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106 South Center
PO Box 192
Gardner, KS 66030
Phone: 913-856-7111
Fax: 913-884-7009
David Shoulders

David Shoulders

Sunday, October 16th, 1938 - Thursday, June 20th, 2019
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David Shoulders, 80, of Gardner, Kansas, formerly of Detroit, Michigan, received his homebound call to glory on Thurs., June 20, 2019, reuniting him with his companion Ora Viola Coleman; parents, Willie and Bernice; sisters: Uralee Grant, Ida Mae Kirkland, Ellise Louise Davenport, brothers: Leroy Shoulders and Benny Carl Shoulders. Visitation 10:00 am Mon., July 8, 2019 at Bruce Funeral Home, Gardner, Kansas (913) 856-7111. Celebration of Life follows at 11:00 am at the funeral home. Cremation after service. Condolences may be left at

David was born on October 16, 1938 in Sunflower County, Mississippi, to the union of Willie and Bernice Shoulders. David was the second youngest of six children. When David was a young child, his family relocated to Detroit, MI. He accepted Christ at an early age. He was educated in both Ferndale and Detroit Public Schools. Immediately after graduating from high school, David enlisted into the United States Army, where he served with the 555th Brigade “Triple Nickle”. Following his honorable discharge from the U.S. Army, David begun his 30+ year career with the City of Oak Park Water Department. On March 29, 1968, David was united in holy matrimony to Cleo Frances Nelson. Unto this union, their son David Richard was born.

David spent most of his life coaching and mentoring young men and women in the sport of boxing. Boxing was his life’s work. Dave began boxing in 1953, under the tutelage of famed boxing legend Al Johnson, who taught him the importance building a solid foundation. He continued that methodology when training young men and women in Greater Metro Detroit recreation centers and gyms. Johnson Recreational Center, Kronk Gym, Lasky Recreational Center, Coleman A. Young Recreational Center, Butzel Recreational Center, Crowel Recreational Center and Considine Recreational Center all housed young men and women who embraced the sport of boxing and who were inspired by Dave’s leadership. Dave trained a multitude of champions among the amateur and pro rankings. Champions like Hulond Copeland, the Wilson Brothers, Anthony Jones, and Gary Martin. He was also the president of “Ring 32”, an organization formed for all the legendary trainers. Coach Dave Shoulders remains a Legendary Man of Boxing that shaped the sport and whose life has made a lasting impact on the boxing community.

David leaves to cherish his memory: His son, David Richard Shoulders; three granddaughters: Aliyah Nyesha Shoulders, Autumn Nicole Shoulders and Alyssa Naomi Ellise Shoulders; one great-granddaughter Zianna Ayanna Nicole Shoulders Mabrey; his nieces: Vanessa Jallice and Tina Jallice; his cousin and childhood friend Jimmie Respress and a host of nieces, nephews, and other family and friends.

Psalm 23 - A Psalm of David.
The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not be in want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures; he leads me beside quiet waters,
He restores my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake.
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, [1] I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.
Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.
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  • Visitation

    Monday, July 8th, 2019 | 10:00am - 11:00am
    Monday, July 8th, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
    Bruce Funeral Home Gardner
    106 South Center
    GARDNER, KS 66030
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  • Service

    Monday, July 8th, 2019 | 11:00am
    Monday, July 8th, 2019 11:00am
    Bruce Funeral Home Gardner
    106 South Center
    GARDNER, KS 66030
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Bernette Mundy

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RIP Uncle Dave. In loving memories From: Ida Mae Shoulders families; Joann, Jerdien, Bernette, Marlene, Oldlen, Vernadine.
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Tina Marie

Posted at 07:49pm

David, I'll always remember how you were there for me and my kids at an early age. You were just a phone call away when ever I needed you, and for that I'm so grateful. Also you taught me how to bowl which I did for 30+ years however my average never went above 150, now I know you wouldn't be proud of that, but I enjoyed every minute of it. Thanks again & Much love. Cousin Jemmie. I love and miss you so much, but God had better plans for you.🙏

Aliyah Shoulders

Posted at 06:15pm
I'm Grandpa Dave's granddaughter, Aliyah Nyesha Shoulders, age 23 and Grandpa was really cool. Reading his obituary made me feel more closer to Grandpa. I never knew Grandpa was in Army until now. He had so many siblings being the second youngest of them all. The last time I saw my Grandpa was when we were still young. I love watching Grandpa box and showing his students the ropes. We learned the spirit of sportsmanship at a young age because of him. We loved Grandpa and we're going to miss him very much. Rest in heavenly peace, Grandpa we're honored to be the grandchildren of a great man.

ReGina Lavelle Clay Shoulders (David Shoulders Sr. Daughter-In-Law)

Posted at 02:23am
David Shoulders Sr. Sunrise: October 16, 1938 ~ Sunset: June 20, 2019 he leaves behind to mourn his passing his only child one son David Richard Shoulders Jr. his sons mother Jameelah Shabazz a.k.a. Cleo Frances Nelson Shoulders, his three grandchildren/grandaughters Aliyah Nyesha Shoulders, Alyssa Naomi-Ellise Shoulders and Autumn Nicole Shoulders and one great grandaughter her full name is Zianna Ayanna Nicole Shoulders Mabrey and his daughter-in-love (law) ReGina Lavelle Clay Shoulders mother to David Richard Shoulders Jr. children who cherished, admired, loved and respected him like a father! May He Rest And Sleep In Heavenly Peace!

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