August 11, 1947 ~ February 12, 2021
Resided in: Dandridge, TN
Dandridge, TN – Harley Edward Shuford, 73, passed away Friday, February 12, 2021, in Dandridge.
He was born August 11, 1947, to the late Clyde Edgar Shuford and Myrtle Clark Shuford, and was also preceded in death by a brother, Robert (Bob) McGuinn and a cousin whom he considered a sister, Bearnice Estes Carmichael (Jack).
Harley is survived by his wife, Brenda Jolly Shuford; a daughter, Cynthia Shuford Sampson, son-in-law, Daryl Sampson; granddaughter, Abigail “Abby” Sampson, sister-in-law, Marian McGuinn Furlough and his 4-legged nurse, Bandi.
Mr. Shuford was an Army veteran and retired after 30 years with the Asheville Fire Department. He began with the department as a firefighter and driver for Ladder One, and later became the Asheville Fire Department’s first full-time Fire and Arson Investigator. For 18 years Harley investigated fires for many fire service agencies across Western North Carolina.
He was instrumental in creating and leading the Asheville-Buncombe Arson Task Force (ABATF) and he was a life member and former president of the NC International Association of Arson Investigators, Inc. As part of his investigation duties, Harley served as a Special Deputy with the Buncombe County Sheriff Department.
Following his retirement, he served as a fire investigator for EFI Global, as an Adjunct Instructor in the Fire Science Program at A-B Tech (for 12 years) and as a Board Member of the West Buncombe Fire Department.
He and his wife Brenda have enjoyed a number of retirement years on Douglas Lake in Dandridge where he has numerous friends.
A service with Fire Department honors will be scheduled at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Buncombe County Chapter of FFBCF (Firefighters’ Burned Children Fund), 74 Tipperary Drive, Asheville, NC 28806 (www.FFBCF.org), or to a charity of your choosing.