Floral Hills Funeral Home and Cremation Services & Floral Hills Memory Gardens
3150 Lawrenceville Highway, Tucker, GA
Ida Laverne Shuford
November 24, 1934 – February 11, 2020
Mrs. William B. Shuford (Ida LaVerne Underwood Shuford), age 85, died February 11, 2020 in Monroe, Georgia after courageously battling cancer for eight years. LaVerne is survived by her daughter, Vicki Shuford Speagle (Brian), of Clearwater, Florida; her son, William Shuford (Ann), of Monroe, Georgia; and her son, Mark Shuford (Helen), of Atlanta, Georgia. She is preceded in death by William B. Shuford, of Decatur, Georgia.
LaVerne was born on November 24, 1934 in Atlanta, Georgia, to parents Judson and Lena Underwood. She graduated from Murphy High School in June 1953. She married her high school sweetheart on October 27, 1956. After he graduated from the Citadel, they moved all over the southeast, returning to Atlanta in 1971. LaVerne adored her grandchildren (Brain Jr. (Kristen) Speagle, Ashley Speagle, Casey Speagle, Avery Speagle, Elizabeth Shuford, Julia Shuford and William Shuford) and two great grandchildren (Peyton Speagle and Parker Speagle). All enjoyed coming to Grammy’s house for extra loving. She was deeply involved in her church for the majority of her life. She enjoyed doll-making, ceramics, and photographing her family. Her family and friends will always remember her as someone who wanted to know Christ and to make Him known.
A funeral is scheduled for February 18, 2020 at Floral Hills in Tucker, Georgia. Visitation will take place at 10am, followed by a memorial at 11am and then a graveside service. Pastor Larry Sullivan will officiate. All are welcome to attend and celebrate LaVerne’s life. The family would like to thank all our friends and family for your prayers and kind notes. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to Atlanta Cancer Care Foundation Inc. www.atlantacancercarefoundation.org.
- Visitation Tuesday, February 18, 2020
- Funeral Tuesday, February 18, 2020
Ida Laverne Shuford
February 17, 2020
I grew up nearly my whole life living next door to the Shuford's. Laverne and Bill were my adopted parents and Billy, Mark and Vicki were like my siblings. I have so many memories growing up with them.
What stands out in my mind is the following:
Mark and I (and Heather Forest) often played back and forth in our two yards but we also often went to play with friends in the blocks near our homes off LaVista Road on Blackfox and Council Bluff roads. We could play as long as we could hear Ms. Shuford whistle or if she blew the trumpet. If you heard the whistle or trumpet, you knew it was time to come home. If you didn't hear it, it meant you were too far from home and were in trouble when you got home.
I stayed with the Shuford's at times when my parents had to be away from home (I think when my grandparents passed away). It was great having a sleep away slumber party with their family. Ms. Shuford would sometimes give us a military style bootcamp wake up with her bugle/trumpet call.
Mark and I have many memories playing endless hours with various toys and games and spent many hours "spying" on his older brother Billy.
Billy was also very helpful when I started high school and he helped give me a ride most days to school. I was in 8th grade and Billy was a senior. He was always really nice to me.
Ms. Shuford also gave me many hours of art instruction on ceramics. I made many projects with her help and inspiration. I still have many pieces she helped me make. She also made me beautiful ceramic bells for my wedding as well as a wonderful ceramic statue of my horse.
I will forever miss her laughter, love, and generous spirit. I will forever cherish my memories of Laverne and of the Shuford family as they will always be a significant part of my life.
Much love and peace to all of you!
Melinda (Denny), Roger and John Higgins
Carol and David Lucas
February 17, 2020
Dearest Mark and Helen
I was shocked when I heard Laverne had passed away. Laverne was such a lovely sweet Christian lady and is truly going to be missed. I remember how much fun taking her doll making classes I had so much fun. Time really has gone buy fast. She really did love her family. David and I send our love and God Bless to you and family
Love David and Carol Lucas