Obituary of Raymond Howard Shackelford
Raymond "Ray" Howard Shackelford, 78, of Sterling, VA passed away at home, on August 9, 2020.
A native of Fairfax County, he was born on July 3, 1942. He was the sixth of ten children born to Chester L. & Virgie L. Shackelford (Huffman).
He was preceded in death by his parents, four brothers, Lewis G. Sr., Newman L, Chester, Jr., & Freddie W.
He is also survived by five siblings, Delores V. Daymude, Mary Shackelford-Cameron, E. Lorraine (Winnie) Shelby (Chuck), Nancy Roberts, James E. (Joe) Shackelford, (Sue), numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews, cousins, neighbors and friends and a namesake, great niece Lindsey Rae. He was Godfather to Christian M. Artz. He maintained a friendship with Maynard Mellot for many years as his 'adopted' son. He enjoyed visits from his friend Wayne Henderson in his last days.
He enjoyed making connections with his large extended family through attending the annual family reunions and visits from family & friends. He loved his various nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews and their visits; and they loved him back. He was a wonderful & caring sibling, cousin & uncle.
He enjoyed the old-time country music artists and had a large CD collection of various artists. He especially enjoyed his yellow rose bush outside his home he planted soon after buying his town house twenty years ago.
Ray was employed by the Herndon Moose Lodge #2274 for 33 years. He took great pride in helping maintain the lodge's social quarters.
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He was a recent member of the Sterling Elks Club.
There will be a private family viewing on Monday, August 17, 2020 from 1 pm to 2 pm. The family will receive friends on Monday, August 17, 2020, from 2 pm to 4 pm and 6 to 8 pm at Adams-Green Funeral Home 721 Elden Street, Herndon, VA where a funeral service will be held on Tuesday, August 18, 2020 at 10:00 am interment will follow at 12 noon at Stonewall Memory Gardens 12004 Lee Highway, Manassas, VA 20109
The family respectfully requests donations to be made instead of flowers in memory of Ray to:
Lung Cancer Foundation of America: lcfamerica.org/
With the COVID-19 you will have to wear a mask while attending. Please provide your own. Also, limit your visit to enable others to show their respects as the funeral home can only have 50 visitors at any given time.
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