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Shuford, John Martin, Jr

LAWNDALE — Mr. John Martin Shuford Jr., 85, of 143 Elam St., died Friday, Nov. 15, 2002 at his home.

A native of Cleveland County, he was a retired shipping supervisor for Cleveland Mills and also a former owner and operator of Lee and Shuford Rugs. He was a lifelong member of Palm Tree United Methodist Church, where he served as church treasurer for 30 consecutive years and was a former Sunday school teacher, member of the Administrative Council and Men’s Chorus. 

He was also a member of the Lawndale Town Council for 16 years and helped to organize the Lawndale Improvement Community Club in 1982 and assisted with the restoration of the old Piedmont Library. He was a charter member of the Upper Cleveland Area Needs and Scoutmaster for Lawndale Troop No. 112 for more than 50 years and received the “District Award of Merit.” 

He helped organize the Cleveland County Rose Society and was a member of the American Rose Society. He was a champion rose grower and an American Rose Society consultant. He was also a former board member for the Cleveland County Council on Aging and a member of the Isothermal Planning and Development Commission for 14 years, as well as a member of the Lawndale Masonic Lodge, the Lawndale Lions Club and Woodmen of the World.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Laura Williams Shuford; his parents, John Martin Sr. and Essie Copland Shuford; his brother, Frank Shuford; and his sister, Madge Shuford.

He is survived by daughter Barbara Shuford Wright of Kings Mountain; granddaughter, Alicia Wright of Morganton; and granddaughter and husband Michelle and Jerry James of Kingstree, S.C.

The funeral will be Monday at 2:30 p.m. at Palm Tree United Methodist Church with the Revs. Michael Harrill and Merrill Perkins officiating. The body will be placed in the church 30 minutes before the service. Burial will be in Palm Tree United Methodist Church Cemetery. 

The family will receive friends today from 4 to 6 p.m. at Stamey Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to Palm Tree United Methodist Church New Fellowship Hall Building Fund, 1157 West Stagecoach Trail, Lawndale, NC 28090.