OBITUARY

William "Ick" Robert Shaffer

July 3, 1931April 16, 2020
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William Robert “Ick” Shaffer passed away last spring on April 16, 2020. A memorial service will be held at First Baptist Church, 405 N. Main St., in High Point on Saturday, June 12, 2021. A receiving line will begin at 9:30 am, hopefully outside in the church’s courtyard which faces Main St. (weather permitting) and the actual service will be held at 11:00 am in the church sanctuary. The church will start seating folks at 10:45 am. Please feel free to wear your favorite UNC shirt to honor Dad! The church requests that unvaccinated guests please wear a mask. William Robert "Ick" Shaffer was born July 3, 1931 to Edna and Aten Shaffer in Sandy Ridge, NC. Growing up in modest means on a farm, he learned early in life that the key to success was hard work. In 1950 he left the family farm to attend High Point College (as it was known then). It was there that he took his future bride Jane Shelton for a first drive in his blue Ford Crown Victoria. At HPC he was given the nickname “Ick", because of his resemblance to a cartoon character in the college paper. Bill and Jane were married in 1955 after his service in the United States Army and then settled in High Point where they raised four children. Bill was very active in Oak View Methodist Church, the Lions Club and the Purple Panthers Club of HPC, of which he is a past President. His lifelong career as an insurance salesman began with Pilot Life Insurance. He was later hired by Murray M. White Insurance in High Point. Great with numbers, he excelled at selling insurance and became very knowledgeable at his craft. He worked at Murray M White for almost 50 years and eventually became a partner in the Agency. Bill thrived on the relationships developed throughout this career and many clients became his close friends. Although he moved from Sandy Ridge in 1950, the love of the land never left him and he returned to his farm every Saturday to tend to his cattle, his crops and to enjoy Nature unspoiled. He was a true outdoorsman. Of all his attributes, many will remember Bill as a devout Tar Heel basketball fan! He attended all home games with a variety of buddies and followed the team to numerous Final Fours and Championship games. Associates at his work even attested that Bill, normally happy and kidding, would be glum the day after a Tar Heel loss!! His greatest gift was his love of people! We anticipate he will be welcomed into Heaven by his wife of 47 years, Jane, and his good friends, “Wag”, Kirby and Dave. We are certain they will quickly start a card game and plan their next practical joke on some unsuspecting friend. From our father, we learned the love of Nature, how to call up a Bobwhite quail, how the poor performance of a basketball team can ruin your mood and most importantly that family and friends are gifts from God to be cherished above all else. Bill was predeceased by his wife Jane and his brother, David "Sonny" Shaffer. He is survived by his four children, Aprille Shaffer and partner Wendi Williams, Melanie Shaffer, Rodney Shaffer and wife April and Sabrina Shaffer Colvard; grandchildren, Caleb and Lindsay Shaffer and Arlo and Zane Colvard; sisters, Mary Helen “Moosey” Joyce and husband Bud and Kay Keller; his uncle, Ray Shaffer and wife Margie; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in memory of William R. Shaffer be made to the Steel Magnolias Educational Scholarship or the Baxter and Elvie Shelton Educational Scholarship at High Point University Office of Institutional Advancement, One University Parkway, High Point, NC 27268 or Pennybyrn of Maryfield, Attn: Employee Appreciation Fund, 109 Penny Road, High Point, NC 27260 (write “employee appreciation” on your check’s memo line). Online condolences may be made at www.haneslineberryfhnorthelm.com.

Services

  • The family will have a receiving line begin outside of First Baptist Church in High Point, prior to the memorial service

    Saturday, June 12, 2021

  • A memorial service celebrating Bill's life will be held in the Sanctuary of First Baptist Church in High Point

    Saturday, June 12, 2021

  • The receiving of friends will be in the church courtyard facing Main St. in High Point

    Saturday, June 12, 2021

Memories

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Missy and Tim Hayes

May 4, 2020

So sorry for your loss. I will miss Mr. Bill as I called him. I could always make him smile talking about those Tarheels. Several months ago,I know some have heard this before , but once he came up to me an tapped me on my shoulder and said "Hey whatcha doing?" I smiled and said just sitting here. I asked him what he was doing and he said" just sitting here"! I said are you bored he smiled and said "YEP". I wheeled him around a little and he cheered right up. Always smiled with just a handshake or even a kiss on the cheek! Something else to make you smile. Mamma cares for a baby doll all the time, one night she told Bill, here you hold the baby for a little while. Bill sweetly held the baby until she got back. Lol. Know he was a good daddy and grandpa. What a wonderful man. Wished I had known him sooner. Love and prayers to all of your family!!
Love Missy and Tim

Pamela Shelton Deel

April 23, 2020

I am very sorry for your loss. Your dad is my second cousin on Edna’s side of the family. My grandfather is Willie (Bill) Shelton. My dad is Willie Shelton, Jr. Love to you all.

Fred Farlow

April 20, 2020

Bill will always be remembered as a fine friend and business associate. I remember him calling and asked me if I had my tickets to the Dook Carolina game one year and I told him of course I dont and then he asked if I wanted to go with him and my son too . My answer was of course yes. He then asked if I needed permission from wife first LOL. He will certainly be missed!!

Cindy Newnam

April 19, 2020

Aprille, Melanie, Rodney, and Sabrina,
I'm thinking of you all at this difficult time. Your Dad was an awesome guy and I have many great memories of your family. Stay strong, stay safe, go Heels (sorry, Melanie).
Cindy

Jeff Hughes

April 19, 2020

One of my best memories is meeting Bill for the first time and us talking basketball. Me being a duke fan and Bill loving Carolina basketball I thought how is this going to work . It didn’t take long to understand we both loved our teams but we had so much in common and respect for each other, that we could laugh about our losses and keep quite about the big wins . He would always call and say let’s meet up at the hunting club and fix a fence or check on the cows and forget about that game - I would agree and we would laugh and just shake our heads like it didn’t happen. Knowing all along one of us had to lose .
He loved this family so much and I can’t remember a time when we talked he wouldn’t bring up a his family and how they were doing . We will miss him greatly. Each time I go to the hunting, I think about him. He would come to my spot to see if we had any luck seeing the big ones that he had seen earlier in the year . We would laugh and he would say hang in their he will show up . He was always positive and caring which made me want to be a better person and look at life through Bill’s eyes.
Thanks for the great memories Bill . We will miss you greatly but never forget you.

Liz Smolin

April 19, 2020

Aprille,

I’m thinking of you, Wendi, and your family at this time of your dad’s passing. Sending you love and hugs. May your father’s memory forever be a blessing.

Wishing you peace and comfort,

Liz

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Biography

William Robert “Ick” Shaffer passed away last spring on April 16, 2020.
A memorial service will be held at First Baptist Church, 405 N. Main St., in High Point on Saturday, June 12, 2021. A receiving line will begin at 9:30 am, hopefully outside in the church’s courtyard which faces Main St. (weather permitting) and the actual service will be held at 11:00 am in the church sanctuary. The church will start seating folks at 10:45 am. Please feel free to wear your favorite UNC shirt to honor Dad! The church requests that unvaccinated guests please wear a mask.
William Robert "Ick" Shaffer was born July 3, 1931 to Edna and Aten Shaffer in Sandy Ridge, NC. Growing up in modest means on a farm, he learned early in life that the key to success was hard work.
In 1950 he left the family farm to attend High Point College (as it was known then). It was there that he took his future bride Jane Shelton for a first drive in his blue Ford Crown Victoria. At HPC he was given the nickname “Ick", because of his resemblance to a cartoon character in the college paper. Bill and Jane were married in 1955 after his service in the United States Army and then settled in High Point where they raised four children. Bill was very active in Oak View Methodist Church, the Lions Club and the Purple Panthers Club of HPC, of which he is a past President.
His lifelong career as an insurance salesman began with Pilot Life Insurance. He was later hired by Murray M. White Insurance in High Point. Great with numbers, he excelled at selling insurance and became very knowledgeable at his craft. He worked at Murray M White for almost 50 years and eventually became a partner in the Agency. Bill thrived on the relationships developed throughout this career and many clients became his close friends.
Although he moved from Sandy Ridge in 1950, the love of the land never left him and he returned to his farm every Saturday to tend to his cattle, his crops and to enjoy Nature unspoiled. He was a true outdoorsman.
Of all his attributes, many will remember Bill as a devout Tar Heel basketball fan! He attended all home games with a variety of buddies and followed the team to numerous Final Fours and Championship games. Associates at his work even attested that Bill, normally happy and kidding, would be glum the day after a Tar Heel loss!!
His greatest gift was his love of people! We anticipate he will be welcomed into Heaven by his wife of 47 years, Jane, and his good friends, “Wag”, Kirby and Dave. We are certain they will quickly start a card game and plan their next practical joke on some unsuspecting friend.
From our father, we learned the love of Nature, how to call up a Bobwhite quail, how the poor performance of a basketball team can ruin your mood and most importantly that family and friends are gifts from God to be cherished above all else. Bill was predeceased by his wife Jane and his brother, David "Sonny" Shaffer. He is survived by his four children, Aprille Shaffer and partner Wendi Williams, Melanie Shaffer, Rodney Shaffer and wife April and Sabrina Shaffer Colvard; grandchildren, Caleb and Lindsay Shaffer and Arlo and Zane Colvard; sisters, Mary Helen “Moosey” Joyce and husband Bud and Kay Keller; his uncle, Ray Shaffer and wife Margie; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in memory of William R. Shaffer be made to the Steel Magnolias Educational Scholarship or the Baxter and Elvie Shelton Educational Scholarship at High Point University Office of Institutional Advancement, One University Parkway, High Point, NC 27268 or Pennybyrn of Maryfield, Attn: Employee Appreciation Fund, 109 Penny Road, High Point, NC 27260 (write “employee appreciation” on your check’s memo line).
Online condolences may be made at www.haneslineberryfhnorthelm.com.