Ethel Louise (Rodes) Shafer

June 19, 1916February 14, 2018

Ethel Louise Rodes Shafer, 101, formerly of Fayetteville, passed away Wednesday, February 14, 2018. Born on June 19, 1916 at Gatewood, she was the daughter of the late Homer Martin and Nona McClung Rodes. Mrs. Shafer was a graduate of Fayetteville High School and Laird Memorial Hospital School of Nursing (RN) with over 40 years working in the emergency room, clinic, and recovery room. She was in the United States Cadet Corps from 1943-1945, a member of the American Red Cross Nursing Service since 1952, Laird Memorial Hospital Nurses Alumni since 1945, member of Gauley Bridge Baptist Church, and former member of Gatewood Baptist Church. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Joe G. Shafer; sisters, Hazel Hall and Florence Rodes. Survivors include her daughter, Robin Shafer Musick (Mark) of Charleston; granddaughter, Amy Musick Hughes (Mark) of Charleston; great-grandson, Garrett Hughes of Charleston; step-daughter, Leah Phillips (Al Watzek) of The Villages, FL; grandson, Scott Phillips (Jennifer) of Manakin Sabot, VA and sons, Jonathan, Austin, and Spencer; granddaughter, Stephanie Franckewitz (Paul Arel) of Cincinnati, Ohio and her sons, Eben and Asa; nieces, Janice Thornton of Melbourne, FL and Delores Schabowski (Jim) of Hebron, IN; and special friends and staff at Edgewood Summit. Funeral services will be 11 am, Saturday, February 17, 2018 at Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home, Fayetteville, with Pastor Monty Brown officiating. Burial will follow at Huse Memorial Park, Fayetteville. The family will receive friends from 10 am – 11 am on Saturday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hubbard Hospice House, 1001 Curtis Price Way, Charleston, WV 25311 or phone 304-926-2200. For those wishing to express condolences to the Shafer family, you may do so by visiting our website at The family has entrusted arrangements to Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home, 350 W. Maple Avenue, Fayetteville, WV.



  • Visitation Saturday, February 17, 2018
  • Funeral Saturday, February 17, 2018


  • Burial

Ethel Louise (Rodes) Shafer

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Anita Bess

February 16, 2018

Dear Robin, Leah and all of Ethel's family.
Ethel was an accomplished woman who lived a full life. I remember Leah sharing many stories about Ethel's pies and all her good cooking.

It's hard to say good-bye. May your memories of your special times with her comfort you.

Debbie Smith

February 16, 2018

Robin and Mark
So sorry for the loss of your mother and mother n law , your family is in our thoughts and our prayers. Although I never had the pleasure of meeting Mrs. Shaffer, I want you to know that she made a lasting impression on my daughter Heidi while she was at Edgewood. Heidi always referred to her as "her angel". RIP Angel

February 16, 2018

May God's loving kindness comfort you and help you through this very sad time
Psalms 29:11