Mr. Shadd was born in Sanderson, Florida. He moved at a young age, and has been residing in Union County for over 75 years. He was drafted into the U.S. Army in December 1954, and served in the 101 Airborne Division. He started out managing a service station, then gradually acquired a logging operation, and later began a flatbed trailer hauling business. In 1980, John L Shadd Trucking Inc was officially established. The trucking company has been running a successful business ever since. Mr. Shadd has always been very active in the community, serving on many different committees throughout the years, and always helping others in any way he can. He also enjoys spending time at Shadd Farms, where he runs a deer business, and a 3D archery range.