Joan Parker Shuford

joan shuford

December 26, 1933 ~ January 28, 2020

Born in: Brevard, NC
Resided in: Weaverville, NC

Joan Parker Shuford joined the Church Triumphant on Tuesday, January 28, 2020 at Aston Park Health Care Center.

Joan was born December 26, 1933 in Marble, NC to the late James and Hazel Barton Parker. She was also predeceased by her husband, Milton A. Shuford, and several beloved pets.

Joan grew up in Brevard, NC where she used her beautiful sopranic voice to sing for many events and continued to sing in her church choir and solos. Joan was a talented florist and homemaker. She was a long time member of Francis Asbury United Methodist Church.

She is survived by her daughter, Deborah Smith (Skip) of Weaverville; her son, Rev. Michael Shuford (Donna) of Elkin; granddaughters, Kelley King, Rev. Rebekah Ralph (Robert), and Amy S. Black (Matthew); two grandsons, Jeremy Smith (Brandi) and Jason Smith (Melinda); great grandsons, Cameron and Tatum Smith; and four foster great-grandsons, AJ, TJ, KJ, and RJ.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Thursday, February 6 at Francis Asbury United Methodist Church at 1:00 p.m., with the Rev. Michael Kurtz officiating. The family will receive friends starting at 12:00 p.m. in the sanctuary. Interment will follow the service at Green Hills Cemetery.

The family is grateful for the love and service shown to Joan in her last years at Aston Park Health Care Center. The staff was very much her extended “family” and we will forever be grateful for your caregiving services. Thanks is also to be given to Four Seasons Hospice, in our hour of need your calming presence was much appreciated.

Groce Funeral Home on Patton Avenue is assisting the family.


Visitation: February 6, 2020 12:00 pm

Francis Asbury United Meth. Church
Asbury Road
Candler, NC 28715


Funeral Service: February 6, 2020 1:00 pm

Francis Asbury United Meth. Church
Asbury Road
Candler, NC 28715


Burial: February 6, 2020 2:00 pm

Green Hills Cemetery
25 New Leicester Hwy.
Asheville, NC 28806

Funeral Home Assisting The Family:

Groce Funeral Home - Patton Ave.
1401 Patton Ave.
Asheville, NC 28806


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  1. Many wonderful memories! She was such a lovely lady. I can picture her and Milton walking together in heavenly places. Hoping that peace surrounds everyone that will miss her.

  2. Joan grew up in Brevard with my Mom Amy McCall Plemmons and went to Francis Asbury Church with my sister Billie Plemmons. She was such a sweetheart. May God bless you all during this time and comfort you.

  3. I’m so sorry for your family. You all have always been more like family than friends. She is leaving a large space to fill for sure. I’m sure Uncle Milton and her rejoiced sewing each other again. Love to you all.

  4. Debbie and Michael, I am so sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. We are praying for comfort and peace..
    Love Bruce and Sharon

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