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Obituary from January 26th, 2000 Edition
of Enterprise Ledger


Mr. Roy M. Shoffner, 82, of Enterprise, died Tuesday, January 25, 2000, at Medical Center Enterprise.

Services will be held Thursday, January 27, at 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church Enterprise with the Rev. Tim Floyd and Dr. Frank Wells officiating. Burial will follow at Meadowlawn Cemetery with Searcy Funeral Home directing.

Mr. Shoffner will be placed in the church one hour prior to service time. The family will receive friends at Searcy Funeral Home tonight, Wednesday, January 26, from 6-8 p.m.

Survivors include his wife, Patricia O. Shoffner of Enterprise; one son and daughter-in-law, Jim and Brenda Shoffner of Walton Beach, Florida; two grandsons, Andrew Shoffner of Walton Beach, Florida, and Kevin Shoffner of Walton Beach, FLorida; two sosters, Nellie Mae French of Whitesville, Kentucky, and Mary Jane Howard of Crestview, Florida.

Mr. Shoffner was a former editor and publisher of the Enterprise Ledger, former Enterprise city councilman, and author of a popular history of Enterprise.

He was born in Hodgenville, Kentucky, on January 25, 1918. He served with the U.S. Army in Europe and Africa for three years during World War II, earning eight battle stars and a Purple Heart.

He moved to the Enterprise area in 1950 and worked for three years as director pf the Training Film Library at what was then Camp Rucker. He began working for the Enterprise Ledger in 1954. In 1955 he was named editor, then in 1977 he was appointed publisher. He retires in November 1984.

Mr. Shoffner served on the Enterprise City Council from 1964-1972. He was named Enterprise's Man of the Year in 1965. He also served on the Enterprise Planning Commission and the Enterprise Bicentennial Commission. He was general chairman of the Enterprise Diamond Jubilee and historical committee chairman of the Enterprise National Bicentennial. He was also active in the local chapter of the Veteran's of Foreign Wars, the Enterprise Lions CLub and numerous other civic organizations and served seven times as president of the Pea River Historical and Genealogical Society.

He is the author of "Dateline: Enterprise," a memoir of his life in newspapers, and "Pest of Honor," a history of Enterprise's famous Boll Weevil Monument. In 1996 he published a history of the city itself, "Enterprise: The First 110 Years, 1882-1992."

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