August 23, 1922 ~ December 23, 2020

Born in: Weaverville, NC
Resided in: Asheville, NC

William Ady Shuford, Jr. “WillA” passed away at Givens Estate on December 23, 2020, at the age of 98 of COVID-19. WillA was born in Weaverville, NC, on August, 1922. He was preceded in death by his parents William A. Shuford and Bessie Garrison Shuford and his siblings Louise, Edwin (Toady), Ray Shuford and Gerry Hardee.

WillA is survived by his loving wife Olive Alberta Gray of 73 years, daughter Ronda Dwyer (Barry), sons Mark (Janet), Rick (Sherry), Darryl (Lorri) and Hoyt (Beverly). He is also survived by his sister Janice May Shuford, and grandchildren Andrea Roddey, Mindi Montgomery, Daniel Dwyer, Chad Shuford, Matthew Shuford, Cory Shuford, Adrienne Byam, Aaron Shuford, Kevin Shuford, Chelsea Shuford, Shelby Shuford and nine great-grandchildren. Also, step-granddaughter Amy Dwyer and three step-great-grandchildren.

WillA was a World War II veteran, he was drafted into the Army in November 1942 with the 9th Division, 39th Infantry Regiment serving in North Africa, Sicily, Normandy invasion, Battle of the Bulge, and Battle of Hurtgen Forest. He served for three years and received a purple heart, four bronze stars, and combat infantryman badge.

WillA graduated from Bowling Green College in 1952 with a Bachelor of Science and Accounting degree.

WillA was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He was very proud of his family. WillA’s proudest legacy was being a father. His strong work ethic was instilled into his children and he was very proud of all their achievements.

A funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 9, 2021 in the Chapel of Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian, 72 Long Shoals Road, Arden, NC 28704. A military burial will immediately follow the service at Shepherd Memorial Park, 5045 Asheville Highway, Hendersonville, NC 28792.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that a memorial donation may be made to Skyland United Methodist Church, 1984 Hendersonville Hwy, Asheville, NC 28803.


Funeral Service: January 9, 2021 1:00 pm

Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian
72 Long Shoals Road
Arden, NC 28704


Room: Chapel


Shepherd Memorial Park
US Highway 25
Naples, NC


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    • HI Jackie. Great to hear from you. It has been way too long since I have heard from
      my Gastonia friends. Thank you for your email. Hope life has been treating you well.

  1. Mrs. Shuford,You and Mr. Shuford were always such blessings to have as patients and friends for so many years. I will have you and your family in my prayers. He will be missed.
    Ginny Bullock (Dr Calhoun’s office)

  2. Ronda, Mark & the Shuford family,
    What a blessed life! Memories of your Dad and your family as friends, neighbors & church family are among the happiest times of my life. Prayers of comfort to your family.

  3. I worked with WillA for four years, 1963-1967, at Weaver and Shaver, CPAs. He taught me, my first account skills, both in the office and on auditing trips. I used those skills for the rest of my working life until I retired in 1999 as an accountant for the State of North Carolina. I was having lunch with WillA in Murphy, NC, on an auditing trip in November, 1963, when the music being played through the restaurant wall speaker suddenly stopped and the announcer stated that “Shot’s were fired earlier today at President Kennedy’s motorcade.” WillA suddenly turned very serious and said, “Well, I guess we better head for home!” The trip home was sad, as we listened to the, developing news over WillA’s car radio. To sum it up, WillA was my Hero. I am 84 years old now. I knew him and I am sorry to hear of his passing. Praying for the family

  4. So sorry to read about the passing of your father. Prayers for the family that God will grant peace, grace and comfort in the coming days.
    Love in Christ,
    Ethel Jacobson

  5. Our prayers go out to all the family. God bless you. Great memories of WillA and the whole family. Thankful he let us play ball in the street as kids, and make noise in front of the house!

  6. Bertie,
    I do not know if you remember my aunt Linda Allen Rowell, she and Sue came and stayed with my mom and dad(Grady and Joyce McKay) when they lived on cleveland, but she thinks the world of you and I was told to tell you that she and her husband(Curtis Rowell) send their love and prayers to you.
    Michelle McKay Cordell


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