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Alfred W. Shoffit

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Funeral services for Alfred W. Shoffit, 93, a Hereford resident, were held June 1, 2018 at The Lamar Room at Kings Manor Methodist Retirement System with Dennis Latham, Chaplain of Kings Manor, Reverend Jim Watkins, a retired Methodist Minister and Reverend Don McDonald, pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Hereford, officiating. Mr. Shoffit passed away May 23, 2018 in Amarillo. Graveside services were held May 29, 2018 at Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery. Alfred Walter Shoffit was born March 28, 1925 to Henry Johnson and Edna Irene (Russell) Shoffit on the Four 6’s Ranch near Guthrie and grew up in Lefors. He served in the Army from 1943 to early 1946. Originally assigned to an accelerated training program for civil engineers, he was transferred to the I&R Platoon, 423rd Infantry Regiment, 106th Infantry Division and sent to Europe shortly before the Battle of the Bulge. He was taken prisoner during the Battle and spent six months as a POW, mostly at Zittau on the German/ Polish border. After discharge from the Army, he returned to his hometown of Lefors, where he met and married Syrena (Jackie) Patterson. A.W. finished college on the G.I. Bill and became a math and science teacher. He began his teaching career with three years in Cuero. He spent six years teaching at Lefors High School, and then served twentyone years as a Chemistry and Physics teacher at the high school in Andrews. After retirement, A.W. and Jackie moved to a small farm in Bowlegs, Okla., later relocating to Cedar Creek Lake south of Dallas. In 2009, they moved to Hereford and resided at King’s Manor until his passing. A.W. had a lifelong love of woodworking and building. He built two houses “from the ground up” and substantially remodeled many others during his lifetime. He served God faithfully through local church membership in every community he lived in. He was a man of outstanding intellect, humor and integrity and he will be greatly missed. He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother and one daughter Sheila Marie Shoffit Brown. Surviving are his wife of the home, two daughters Patricia DeCastro of Guadalupita, N.M., Leona Shoffit of Hereford, one brother Delmer Lee Shoffit of Tanneyville, Mo., one grandson Zac Dortch of Lubbock, four granddaughters Marie Forst of Glenshaw, Pa., Monisha O’Connor of Eagle, Idaho, Renee Ruch of Pittsburg, Pa., Farah Summers of Edmond, Okla., thirteen great-grandchildren. The family suggests memorials in Mr. Shoffit’s name be made to Kings Manor 400 Ranger, Hereford, Texas. Arrangements were entrusted to Parkside Chapel Funeral Home.