GASTONIA - Kenneth Dale "Poppy" Shuford, 61, passed away Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013 at CaroMont Regional Medical Center.
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He was a native of Gastonia, son of Dottie Blankenship Shuford and the late Kenneth Leon Shuford. In addition to his father he was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Sydney Bowen.
Kenneth was retired from the printing industry. His hobbies included motorcycle riding, NASCAR racing, antique collecting and fishing. He was a former auctioneer. Kenneth loved spending time with his grandchildren and was a friend to everyone he met. Kenneth was a loving and devoted husband, father and grandfather who will be dearly missed.
Survivors include his high school sweetheart and loving wife of 43 years, Lou Ann Seagle Shuford; son, Kenneth Thomas Shuford and wife Bre-anne; daughter, Shannon Lisa Bowen and husband Chris; sister, Audrey Jordan and husband Paul; grandchildren, Abbey Bowen, Kenneth J. Shuford, Braylan K. Shuford, Chole, and Bailee McAllister and his faithful canine companion, Angel.
A visitation will be held 2 until 3:30 p.m., Monday, Aug. 26, 2013 at McLean Funeral Directors of Gastonia, with a funeral service to follow at 3:30 p.m. in the Founders Chapel of McLean Funeral Directors with the Rev. Laura Auten and the Rev. Dale Brooks officiating.
Interment will follow in Evergreen "A Quiet Place," Belmont.
Memorials may be made to Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, 1 Billy Graham Parkway, Charlotte, N.C. 28201.
Condolence messages may be submitted online to www.mcleanfuneral.com.
McLean Funeral Directors of Gastonia is serving the Shuford family.
McLean Funeral Directors
700 South New Hope Road
Gastonia, NC 28054
Published in Gaston Gazette from Aug. 24 to Aug. 25, 2013