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Obituaries — 5-18-12

Emmett Graydon Shuford

Emmett Graydon Shuford of Stone Mountain, Ga. passed away Saturday, May 12, 2012 at Odyssey Hospice in Decatur, Ga. He was born May 30, 1934 in Greenwood, S.C. to Emmett Graydon (“Ox”) and Sallie Scott Erwin Shuford. He grew up in Lincolnton and graduated from Lincolnton High School in 1951 where he played football under Coach Jack Kiser and was president of the Presbyterian Youth Fellowship. In this capacity, he conducted the service and preached the sermon on Youth Sunday.

During his youth, he spent several summers in Montreat. Years later, he and his family would meet there each July for vacationing, camping, and enjoying “the fourth” activities with his mother and his brotherʼs family. This event became the highlight of the summer for the kids, and the number grew rapidly as the families expanded over the years.

In Graydonʼs teen years, he and his cousin, John Shuford, were the dedicated workers their grandmother could count on in her floral business, Shuford Floral Gardens, that she had owned since 1929 in Lincolnton. Then on the typical Christmas, Easter, and Motherʼs Day or times of heavy volume funerals, the entire group of aunts, uncles, and cousins would rally together to take care of the heavy workload. The younger group included cousins Ralph (Sonny) Abernethy Jr. and Rachel (Sissy) Shuford as well as Graydonʼs brother, Gene.

In his younger and teen years, Graydon spent several summers in Sharon, S.C. working at his grandfather’s service station. Sharon was the location of many Christmas Day family gatherings with other cousins and aunts and uncles, all of whom were a vital part of his family life.

In the years following high school, he attended Clemson College, walked on for the football team at age 17, and also won 3 golden gloves boxing tournaments in Greenville, S.C., Mt Holly, and High Point in the Novice Heavyweight Division.

Graydon remained in excellent physical condition and assisted many young boxers throughout his college and military service years. Graydon was great at coaching his younger brother in football and challenging him to be better conditioned with all the techniques and fundamentals of the sport, and it was appreciated while creating a genuine bond even though they were 6 years apart in age. They remained close throughout life, assisting each other in time of need.

After attending Clemson College, he served in the USAF for 4 years at several locations. Upon discharge from the military, he obtained his degree in Economics at the University of S.C. in 1960, and was employed in the finance field for several years prior to enrolling in and completing law school at the University of S.C. He set up his law practice in Hanahan, S.C., in 1966 and practiced there until 1973. At this time Graydon moved his practice to the Atlanta, Ga. area where he practiced until retirement in 2008.

Graydon had numerous job experiences before practicing law that gave him a keen understanding of the everyday working individual. He could talk specifics to people from almost any trade group, and he loved doing it. He enjoyed fighting for the working individuals when he felt they were being infringed upon in an unfair way. Clients were proud and confident in his legal representation, and his expertise from so many occupational experiences was usually the reason for optimal results. Many of Graydonʼs clients became friends long after the legal problems were resolved.

It was while he was in Colo. with the USAF that he found his fondness for skiing and the outdoor sports of the Rocky Mountains, so it was not too surprising that he made Winter Park, Colo. his second home, and became an avid skier with his wife and other friends there. They spent almost every August and December vacationing and enjoying the western outdoor life. He and his wife, Anne, always kept space available for friends and family to visit. On many occasions, his younger brother and nephews and their families spent some great times with Graydon and Anne on the slopes in Winter Park.

Graydon is survived by his wife of 38 years, Anne H. Shuford, of Stone Mountain, Ga.; children Susan Ingerson of Moncks Corner, S.C., Mary Jessey and husband Paul, of Mt. Pleasant, S.C., Julie Barrington of Macon, Ga., Alan Hunt of Pendergrass, Ga., Laurie Williams and husband, Jim, of Conyers, Ga., nine grandchildren; brother, Dr. Gene M. Shuford and wife, Judy, of Montreat; and nephews Scott, Wynn and Mac Shuford.

In lieu of flowers please make donations to the Parkinsonʼs Disease Foundation, www.pdf.org.

Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 12 noon in the chapel of Floral Hills Funeral Home in Tucker, Ga. with Rev. Owen Skinner officiating. Interment will follow in Floral Hills Memory Gardens. The family will receive friends on Saturday from 11 a.m. until service time.

Please visit our online tribute at floralhillsfuneral.com.

Floral Hills Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Tucker, Ga. is serving the Shuford family.

Rev. Dr. Michael Hoyle Taylor Sr.

Rev. Dr. Michael Hoyle Taylor Sr. passed away Saturday, May 12, 2012.

A graveside service will be held 2 p.m. Monday, May 21, 2012 at Daniels Lutheran Church Cemetery with Rev. Ted Bost and Rev. Anne Dwiggins officiating. The family will receive friends in the Daniels Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall immediately following the graveside service.

Pastor Taylor was born in Lincolnton, and most recently lived in Burtonsville, Md.

He is survived by daughter, Laurel Taylor Davis and her husband Ken Davis; son, Michael Taylor Jr.; brother, Dan Taylor and his wife Becky Taylor; grandchildren, Joshua Taylor, Thomas Taylor and Joel Taylor; nephew, Richard Taylor and a niece, Rebecca Taylor.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Michael’s House, www. Michaels-house.org, a charity for the elderly and destitute that Pastor Taylor co-founded and became his mission during retirement.

Warlick Funeral Home in Lincolnton is in charge of local arrangements.

Bill Strickland

Billy Mack Strickland, 57, of Conover died May 17, 2012.

A memorial service will be held May 19, 2012 at 3 p.m. at Burke Mortuary Chapel, Newton. The family will receive friends following the service.

Burke Mortuary, Newton is serving the Strickland family.

Virginia Willis Lovett

Virginia Willis Lovett, 84, of Hickory died May 16, 2012.

A funeral service will be held May 19, 2012 at 11 a.m. at Indiantown Presbyterian Church in Hemingway, S.C. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends at the fellowship hall immediately following the service.

Burke Mortuary, Newton is serving the Strickland family.

E. Alan Raphael

Everett Alan Raphael, 73, of Conover died May 15, 2012.

A funeral service was held May 17, 2012 at 4 p.m. at Burke Mortuary Chapel, Newton. Burial was at the National Memorial Cemetery, Phoenix, Ariz. The family received friends Thursday from 3 p.m. until 3:45 p.m. at the funeral home, prior to the service.

Burke Mortuary, Newton is serving the Strickland family.



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