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Obituary: Thomas Donald Shuford

November 4, 1943 – January 29, 2014

Tom completed his earthly journey and went to be with the Lord on January 29, 2014, following a courageous battle with cancer that took its toll on his health.

He was born and raised in Brevard, NC. Tom’s parents, Frances and Clyde Shuford of Brevard, N.C., preceded him in death as did his brother Ron of New Tazewell, TN. He is survived by his wife of 11 years, Judy Carter Shuford of Portland TN; brother Bill (Lisa) of Brevard, NC; sons Brad (Laura) Shuford of Knoxville, TN., Nicholas (Karen) Shuford of Chattanooga, TN. and Patrick Shuford of Franklin, TN.; and 5 grandchildren and 16 step children/grandchildren.

Tom graduated from Brevard High School in 1961. He was the starting guard on Brevard’s North Carolina State Championship Football Team. Tom was very active as a class officer as well as in the Monogram Club, 4-H Club, Key Club, High School Annual Staff and a most avid Blue Devil.

Tom attended Auburn University graduating in 1965 with a degree in chemical engineering. He was a member of the Phi Kappa Tau Fraternity and very involved in all aspects of college life. He was so excited with Auburn’s amazing football season this year and their climb to reach the BCS Championship Game.

Tom began his professional career in the computer software business and later in the brick, ceramic tile and marble industry, serving on numerous industry affiliated state and national executive committees and President of the Ceramic Tile Distributors Association. He moved his family to Franklin, TN in 1992.

One of Tom’s lasting joys was the birth of his fifth grandchildren, Sam Shuford, in November 2013. Tom’s beaming smile would light up the entire room as he held Baby Sam Shuford.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Thomas Donald Shuford’s memory to The American Cancer Society.

A private celebration of life would be held soon to scatter his remains in the mountains of his beloved home in Brevard, NC.

Posted on: 2/14/2014


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