Allen Virgil Shull

July 24, 1928March 28, 2018
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VALE— Allen Virgil Shull died peacefully surrounded by family on Wednesday, March 28, 2018 at Frye Regional Medical Center. Born July 24, 1928, in Catawba County, he was the son of the late David Marshall and Dessie Johnson Shull. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a brother, Harold Shull and wife Nancy Burton Shull and brother-in-law Arland Spencer. He is survived by his wife of 66 years Bonnie Wellman Shull of the home; daughters Teresa Lail and husband Terry, Wanda Robinson and husband Terry; granddaughter Stephanie Lail McDaniel and husband Donald; grandson Andrew Lail and wife Melissa; great grandsons Sawyer McDaniel and Jackson Lail all of Vale; brother Dwight Shull and wife Frances of Valdese; sisters Eunice Spencer of Hickory and Betty Huss and husband Thomas of Cary. Virgil was a humble man of few words, but those words carried a wealth of knowledge and years of experience in business and community concerns. He was a 1948 graduate of Banoak School. Virgil was proud to serve in the US Army 278th Infantry Division, M Company during the Korean War. As retired owner of Virgil Shull Dairy Farm, he received great pleasure in being a caretaker of God’s creation. That family farm continues today due to his hard work. He also served his industry and community as Chairman of Catawba County Farm Service Agency, Director for the Catawba County Farm Bureau, member of the Dairy Herd Improvement Association (DHIA) and Director for Cooksville Fire department. He is Director Emeritus for Rutherford Electric Membership Corporation after serving 36 years as a director. Virgil was a lifelong member of Ebenezer United Methodist Church in Vale, where he was very active in serving on numerous committees, including the Church Council, Cemetery Committee, Finance Committee, Parsonage Committee and Chairman of the Board of Trustees. The family will receive friends on Sunday, April 1, 2018 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Hickory Funeral Home. The funeral will be Monday, April 2, 2018 at 3:00 pm at Ebenezer United Methodist Church, 8840 Cooksville Road, Vale, 28168. Officiating will be Reverend Anthony Sayer, Reverend Olin B. Isenhour and Reverend Earnest Richards. He will lie in state 30 minutes prior to the service. Burial will follow in the church cemetery with military rites performed by American Legion Post 48. Flowers are accepted but memorial gifts may be made to Ebenezer United Methodist Church, 8840 Cooksville Road, Vale, 28168.


  • VISITATION Sunday, April 1, 2018
  • FUNERAL SERVICE Monday, April 2, 2018
  • BURIAL Monday, April 2, 2018

Allen Virgil Shull

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Diane Cooke

May 18, 2018

Uncle Virgil was a very special person. He was a very good Husband Father and Grandfather and a very hard worker on the farm. He was a friend to all and loved by all he met. He and Bonnie host so many fun family gatherings at their home He be missed by all but there are a lot of great memories of him. Much love to the family.

Junior Bennett

May 2, 2018

Dear Shull Family,

I met Virgil in Iceland in 1954 while we were both serving our country. We were in the same Army company and became good friends and that is one thing you need when you are far from home and homesick. We didn't see much of each other after getting out of the service, but we talked on the phone, sent Christmas cards and we did get to visit one another over the years. I loved Virgil like a brother and I never will forget him Bonnie. Patsy and I wish you and your family good luck and God's blessings.

Love Always, Junior and Patsy Bennett

Shannon Watterson

April 2, 2018

Bonnie and Virgil are my great aunt and uncle through my father Ronald Wellman...I remember coming to your house when I was little and eating homemade ice cream it was a fun time It was a family reunion....I am so sorry for your loss ...I am here if anyone needs to talk I know how it feels to lose a loved one

My deepest condolences,
Shannon Watterson


March 31, 2018

Bud was truly one of the nice people, and a real tribute to the Marshall
Shull family. Peace be with all of the family at this time.