Harry L. Shoffner, 79, of Mebane passed away peacefully at Hospice of Alamance on Tuesday, October 22, 2019. Harry was born in Alamance County to the late Glenn Rolandus and Lillian Sharpe Shoffner.
Harry spent his formative years in the Village of Alamance, attending E.M. Holt school. After joining the Air Force in 1960, Harry was assigned to the McDill Air Force Base Dental Clinic in Tampa, Florida. He was there during the Cuban Missile Crisis when the base was on lockdown.
After leaving the Air Force in 1964, he enrolled at the University of South Florida in Tampa and graduated in 1968 with a BS degree in Zoology. Harry moved back to Burlington, NC in 1969 to await the birth of his son, Michael, and begin a career at Carolina Biological Supply Company in Elon, NC. He worked there for 36 years as Director of Advertising until he retired.
In 1978, he married the love of his life and best friend, Sandra Moore Shoffner. They celebrated 40 wonderful years of marriage this past December.
Harry enjoyed bass fishing and competed in the EverStart Series; he was always on the search for the next big fish! When he wasn’t competing, he enjoyed fishing with family and friends at the weekend retreat that he and Sandra had on Lake Gaston.
Harry was also an avid birdwatcher and was the organizer of the Alamance County Audubon Christmas Bird Count. He enjoyed counting the birds and compiling the information for Audubon until his health issues proved to be too much.
He was passionate about running and hiking and participated in many 5K races in the area. He enjoyed playing cards with his Carolina Biological “poker buddies” for over 40 years. He also took part in “prescribed burns” conducted by the NC Forestry Service in the southeastern part of the state.
In later years, his passion for genealogy research and love of history lead him to join the Alamance County Genealogical Society and later became the editor of their quarterly journal. He also joined Sons of the American Revolution, the Alamance Battleground Chapter. He enjoyed attending family reunions and swapping genealogical information and family stories. He attended many class reunions and get-togethers with his E.M. Holt Class of 1958, his very special group of friends.
Survivors include his wife, Sandra Moore Shoffner of the home; his son, Michael R. Shoffner; his daughter, Jennifer A. York; seven nieces and nephews; and nine great-nieces and nephews. Harry was also very proud of, and survived by, his 3 beautiful granddaughters—Madeleine, Constance, and Minerva. And we can’t forget his constant feline companions, Max and Yuri.
The family would like to thank the nurses, CNAs, social workers, and chaplains of the Hospice of Alamance for their kind and compassionate care of Harry. The family will forever be grateful.
The family will receive friends at Rich & Thompson Funeral and Cremation Service in Burlington from 12:45 – 1:45 pm this Friday afternoon, October 25, in the Visitation Room. The funeral will follow immediately at 2:00 pm in the Chapel and a military burial will take place at Pine Hill Cemetery across the street from Rich and Thompson.
Memorials may be made to Hospice and Palliative Care of Alamance – Caswell, 914 Chapel Hill Road, Burlington, NC 27215.
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