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Charles Shaffer

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Charles Milton Shaffer, 90 of Chapel Hill and Winston-Salem, NC, died on Monday, July 12, 2004 at Arbor Acres in Winston-Salem, NC. Mr. Shaffer was born in Greensboro, North Carolina on December 14, 1913, the son of the late William Samuel and Susan Morris Shaffer. He graduated from Greensboro High School in 1931, where he played football and was voted best all-around student in his senior year. He graduated from the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill in 1935. While at UNC, Mr. Shaffer played varsity football, and he was selected as a halfback on the All-Southern football team in 1934. In 1939, he married Charlotte Blanton Winborne of Marion, North Carolina. They have been married for 64 years. The Shaffers lived in Burlington, North Carolina and in Greensboro, where he was a textile executive for Burlington Mills. In 1952, they moved to Chapel Hill when Mr. Shaffer was named the first Director of Development for UNC-CH. He served in that capacity until his retirement in 1981. For over 25 years as Carolina's Director of Development, Mr. Shaffer was a gooddwill ambassador for Carolina, and his tireless devotion to his alma mater developed major sources of financial support for Carolina and its foundations. Mr. Shaffer was elected as the first President of the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce, and he made innumerable strides to strengthen the ties between the University and the community. He was voted Chapel Hill's "Citizen of the Year" in 1966. Mr. Shaffer also served on the Board of Directors of Home Savings and Loan Association, Carol Woods Retirement Association, Saint Mary's School, the North Carolina Episcopal Church Foundation, the Penick Village in Southern Pines, the Medical Foundation at UNC, and the UNC Educational Foundation. He was also a charter member of the Board of Visitors of the Kanuga Episcopal Conference Center in Hendersonville. Mr. Shaffer was active at the Chapel of the Cross Episcopal Church, serving on its Vestry for many years and as Senior Warden. He also served for many years as a faculty advisor of the Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity, his college fraternity, and as a Trustee of the Gimghoul Castle Foundation. He was an active member of the Chapel Hill Rotary Club. Mr. Shaffer was the first recipient of the William Richardson Davie Award, the highest honor awarded by the Board of Trustees at Carolina. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Award of the UNC School of Medicine and the Medical Alumni Association. Mr. Shaffer and his wife, Charlotte, were also recipients of the Distinguished Alumnus and Alumnae Awards given by the UNC Alumni Association. Charlie and Charlotte Shaffer lived at 716 Gimghoul Road in Chapel Hill for fifty years from 1952 to 2002, and they have been devoted to Carolina and Chapel Hill since they were students there 70 years ago. Surviving in addition to his wife are a son, Charles M. Shaffer, Jr. and wife, Harriet Houston Shaffer of Atlanta, Georgia; a daughter, Winborne Shaffer Chandler and husband, Dr. Dudley Carlyle Chandler, Jr. of Winston-Salem; five grandchildren: Charles Milton Shaffer, III; Caroline Shaffer Vroon; Emi Shaffer Gragnani; Dudley Carlyle Chandler; III and Charlotte Chandler Broughton; and nine great grandchildren: David Charles Vroon; Dylan Robert Vroon; Daniel Shaffer Vroon; Charles Milton Shaffer, IV; Ada Ayers Shaffer; Andrew Houston Shaffer; Margaret Wilder Chandler, Charlotte Winborne Broughton; and Eleanor Popham Broughton. A 7 P.M. Memorial Service will be held at Arbor Acres Fitzgerald Health Center on Tuesday, July 13, 2004. A Funeral Service will be held at the Chapel of the Cross Episcopal Church, Chapel Hill, North Carolina on Wednesday, July 14, 2004 at 11 A.M. followed by a reception at the Church. A private burial will be held at the Chapel Hill Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Charles M. and Charlotte W. Shaffer Scholarship Fund or the Justice John Wallace Winborne Library Fund or any other part of Carolina First, c/o Carolina First, 208 West Franklin Street, Campus Box 6100, Chapel Hill, NC 27599-6100 or to a charity of your choice. Vogler & Sons Funeral Home.
Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on July 13, 2004
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