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Harold Franklin Shiflett, 98, a resident at Oak Lea at the Virginia Mennonite Retirement Community, passed away Thursday, May 3, 2012.
Mr. Shiflett was born June 20, 1913, in Rockingham County, and was the son of the late Robert Franklin and Ada Susan Fulk Shiflett
Harold served in the U.S. Army as a tech sergeant in the Medical Detachment Corps during World War II from 1942 to 1946. He was employed with Shenk Hatchery and Weaver Hatchery, where he served as Virginia state poultry inspector. He later worked for the Beacon Milling Co. as a distribution manager for the Shenandoah Valley area, where he served dairyman, poultrymen and livestock farmers. Harold was employed by Ritchie’s Agri Service in sales and nutrition, from which he retired.
Harold was a member of Greenmount Church of the Brethren, where he was a Sunday school superintendent and taught adult classes. He was active in Linville Edom Ruritans, where he held various positions including president. He was also a member of the West Rockingham Ruritan Club.
On Feb. 20, 1936, he married the former Edith Kittrell Bell, who preceded him in death on Jan. 10, 1996.
Surviving are a son, Robert Shiflett and wife, Elaine, of Midlothian; two granddaughters, Susan Rumley of Midlothian and Diane Laursen and husband, Bryan, of Wilmington, N.C.; and a stepgreat-granddaugter, Jessie Laursen.
Mr. Shiflett was preceded in death by two sisters, Goldie Gowl and Dora Caylor York, and a brother, John Shiflett.
Pastor Ken Dolan and Lane Turner will conduct a funeral service Monday, May 7, 2012, at 2 p.m. at the McMullen Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow at Greenmount Cemetery.
The family will receive friends Sunday from 7 to 8 p.m. at McMullen Funeral Home in Harrisonburg.
Memorial contributions may be made to the VMRC Good Samaritan Fund, 1491 Virginia Ave., Harrisonburg, VA 22802, The VMRC Woodland Park Fund, 1491 Virginia Ave., Harrisonburg, VA 22802, or the Greenmount Church of the Brethren Youth, 4881 Greenmount Road, Harrisonburg, VA 22802.
Online condolences may be made to the family at www.mcmullenfh.com.