BISCOE - James Everette Sheffield, Sr. 88, died August 1, 2009 at Randolph Hospital after a short stay.
He was born on July 25, 1921 in High Point, NC to the late George and Lora Hogan Sheffield, and grew up in the small community of Spies in Moore County.
After graduating from Star High School, he was drafted and served in the Army Air Force from 1943 to 1946 during World War II where he was based in the South Pacific. After the war, he enrolled in N. C. State and graduated in 1952 with a bachelor's degree in agriculture. He was a teacher at Biscoe High School and, later, at East Montgomery High School during a career that spanned more than 30 years. Courses he taught ranged from agriculture and mechanics to welding and industrial arts.
His family and friends will remember him as a caring and devoted husband, a good father and a dedicated educator. He believed in the importance of family. He never met a problem that couldn't be solved. His optimism, a hardy laugh and good sense of humor guided him throughout life.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Amelie Ballard Sheffield, who died in 2000 after struggling many years with Multiple Sclerosis.
He is survived by his daughter, Anne Sheffield, of Charlotte; his son, Everette Sheffield Jr., daughter-in-law, Julie, and granddaughter, Caroline, of Asheboro; and his half sister, Shirley Stowitts and her husband, Tommy, of Weldon.
He was a member of Page Memorial United Methodist Church in Biscoe, a retired member of the Biscoe Volunteer Fire Department and a former member of the Biscoe Lion's Club.
A graveside service will be held at 11:00 am, Tuesday, August 4, 2009, at the Biscoe Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials be made to the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, 9801-I Southern Pine Blvd., Charlotte, N. C., 28273, or to a charity of the donor's choosing.