Lincoln Shields retired from his second career after two decades of employment at Renasant Bank in Coffeeville. When he was hired, the bank was People’s Bank, and he was the first African American to be employed as a teller at the Coffeeville bank.
Shields is a native of Winston County and a graduate of Alcorn State University where he received a degree in physical education and general science. He also studied health education at Prairie State in Texas and the University of Southern Mississippi, Mississippi State University and the University of Mississippi.
Before working at the bank, Shields enjoyed a long career in education, starting as a coach and science teacher at Vaiden High School from 1959-1960 .
He worked from 1960 to 1965 as a coach and science teacher at Whisenton High School in DeKalb.
From 1965 to 1991, Shields worked as a coach and 8th grade science teacher at Davidson High School and Water Valley High School.
As coach, he led the high school basketball team to numerous titles including:
• District Championship in 1965
• Big 12 Championship in 1965
• North Half Championship in 1965,
• State Championship in 1966,
• North Half Champ-ionship in 1966,
• Conference Runner Up in 1966,
• District Champion-ship in 1966.
While at Davidson, Lincoln remembers a winning year record of 128 wins – 29 losses. He retired from Water Valley High School as Junior High School Teacher and Coach in 1991.
He is a member of Bethlehem M. B. Church, where Rev. Larry W. Ware is pastor and serves as Secretary to the Deacon’s Ministry and is an Adult Sunday School teacher. Since 1985, he has served and is still serving as the Executive Secretary to the Mt. Moriah District Baptist Association, where Pastor Amos Sims is Moderator, and the Treasurer for the Mississippi Baptist Seminary, Coffeeville Center, where Mrs. Shields is the Dean.
Lincoln’s wife, Mamie, is a retired Yalobusha County Extension Home Economist and they have three wonderful children: Minister Derrick Shields (Andrea), of Columbus, Ga., Suzette (Rev. Larry W. Ware), of Coffeeville and Deacon/Trustee Jeffery Shields (Angela), of Huntsville, Ala. They have 11 grandchildren and one great-grandson.