The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas


June 8, 2006

Obituaries for 6-8-06

Palestine — Rayford L. Shaver

Beloved husband, father, and grandfather left this world to be with his Lord & Saviour on Sunday, June 4, 2006, after a lengthy illness.

Rayford L. Shaver was born November 10, 1922 in Palestine, Texas to James Clayton and Annie Mae Shaver. After graduation, he joined the Merchant Marines and served on the Ship Margaret Brent from 1942 until 1945, during World War II.

He was a Master Mason of the Grand Lodge of Kermit, No.1258. He was employed by Sid Richardson Gas Co., as a plant superintendent for 40 years. He was a Christian and a faithful member of the Adult IV class, with his wife, Earlene Shaver. He was an associate member of the Retired Teachers Association of Texas, and helped his wife with extra duties when she was elected vice president for three years and president for two years.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and sister, Ione Skidmore; brothers, Adolph and J. C. Shaver; and his first wife, Nancy Scales Shaver.

He is survived by his wife, Earlene Shaver; two sons, Ronald Shaver and Gary Shaver and wife, Kay; granddaughter, Sydney Paige Shaver; sister, Opal Ashley; step-children, Dr. Lonnie R. Hayter, Jan Travland and family, and Gregory Hayter. Also step-children, Jason Lindsey and Tracee Bullock, and nieces, nephews and cousins.

A Celebration of LIfe Service will be held at Evangelist Temple, New Beginnings Church (3011 N. Loop 256, Palestine, Texas), on Friday, June 9, 2006 at 2 p.m., with Dr. Lonnie Hayter officiating, and Dr. Barry Roberts assisting. Music will be present by Dan Gibbs, directing the First Baptist Church Choir and congregation of his home church in Monahans, Texas Interment will be in Roselawn Cemetery of Palestine, next to Nancy Shaver, the mother of his two sons, Ronald and Gary Shaver.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Mo's Country Living, c/o Maureen Vaughan, 1665 S. E. 1000, Andrews, Texas 79714. All donations will be used to serve others in need.

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