Theodore Wayne “Ted” Shoffner, 91, Russiaville, passed away at 2:52 p.m. Saturday, March 1, 2014, at Community Howard Regional Health. He was born Feb. 20, 1923, in Sharps Chapel, Tenn., to the late James David and Lillie May (Keck) Shoffner. On Jan. 31, 1946, he married Betty Ellen Sites, who preceded him in death on March 21, 1976. Then on June 10, 1978, Ted married Eva Nell (Brooks), who survives.
He was a high school graduate and attended Texas Christian University.
Ted served in the Navy during World War II, followed by serving in the Army during the Korean War, and finally retiring from the Air Force as a chief master sergeant after 28 years of military service, during which time he received numerous medals, including a Bronze Star.
Ted was a member of Kokomo Missionary Baptist Church, River Oaks Masonic Lodge, Fort Worth, Texas, Scottish Rite Valley of Southern Illinois, as well as a founding member and served 20 years on the board of directors of Carswell Credit Union in Fort Worth, Texas.
He is survived by his wife, Eva Nell Shoffner; a daughter, Vickie Lynn (Dean) White, Granbury, Texas; stepchildren, Harold Mince, Kokomo, Richard (Sandy) Mince, Kokomo, and Shirley (Vernon) Graves, Kokomo; 13 grandchildren, Jennifer Biddle, Lindsay (Brian) Hodges, Shannon Davidson, Sarah (Scott) Thomas, Carrie (Chris) Beeler, Harold Mince, April (Chris) Gunnell, Matt (Estela) Mince, Vern Graves Jr., Tricia (Butch) Frazier, Shelly (Mark) Ramey, Brent Mince, and Cara (Nick) Farkas; 25 great-grandchildren; son-in-law, Charles McGill; as well as a sister-in-law, Wilda (Red) Shoffner, Bunker Hill.
He was preceded in death by his parents; first wife, Betty; two daughters, Kathie Jo Shoffner and Cindy Lou (Shoffner) McGill; four brothers; and five sisters.
Funeral services and Masonic service will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Stout & Son Funeral Home, 200 E. Main St., Russiaville, with Pastor Terry Foster officiating. Friends may visit with the family from 5 p.m. until service time Tuesday at the funeral home. Visitation in Tennessee will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Byrd’s Mortuary, 205 Monroe St., Maynardville, Tenn. Burial with military honors will be at 10 a.m. Thursday in Shoffner Cemetery, Sharps Chapel, Tenn.
Memorial contributions may be made to Guardian Angel Hospice or Kokomo Missionary Baptist Church. Messages of condolence may be submitted at www.stoutandson.com.