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Former Cowboy great, Artie Shankle, passes away

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 LAKE CHARLES – McNeese Hall of Famer and former running back great Artie Shankle passed away on Sunday, June 29, at his home in Silsbee after fighting a courageous battle with cancer.

The 57-year-old of Silsbee was surrounded by his wife and family at his time of death.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, July 5, at First Baptist Church located at 350 Highway 96 South in Silsbee under the direction of Robinson Funeral Home, also in Silsbee.

Shankle, a four-year letterman (1976-79), led the Cowboys in rushing three straight seasons, 1977-79, and became just the second player in school history to top the 1,000 yard rushing mark in a season when he ran for 1,000 in 1979.

That 1979 season, he helped lead the Cowboys to a perfect 11-0 regular season mark, a Southland Conference championship, and an invite into the Independence Bowl, where McNeese fell 31-7 to an Art Monk-led Syracuse team.

In his McNeese career, Shankle rushed for 2,143 yards on 483 carries and is currently ranked 11th on the school’s all-time career rushing records list.

He was named the team’s R.L. Cline MVP Award winner in 1979 and was awarded the school’s Lether E. Frazar Memorial Outstanding Offensive Player of the Year Award in both 1978 and 1979.  He earned first team all-Southland Conference and all-Louisiana honors in 1979 and was a second team all-conference selection in 1977 and 1978.

He was inducted into the McNeese Athletics Hall of Fame in 2005 and last October, into the Silsbee High School Wall of Fame.

Following his McNeese career, he played briefly with the San Diego Chargers of the NFL.

He is survived by his wife of 33 years, Shirley Shankle, the proud father to 11 kids, and grandfather of 33 grandkids as well as six great-grandkids.

Matthew Bonnette 
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