Flora R. Shotwell
Flora Edward Riggan Shotwell, 93, passed away Tuesday, February 23rd, 2021 at Whitmore Retirement Center in Oxford.
She was born in Townsville, North Carolina to the late Jacob Edward Riggan and Martha Flora Henderson Riggan on February 9th, 1928.
Flora was married to the late Paul Judson Shotwell until his death in 2015.
Surviving are her daughters: Martha Grace Shotwell Hight (Benton) of Oxford and Marian Judson Shotwell Staffel (Greg) of Memphis, TN; grandchildren Heather Elizabeth Denny (F.O.); Kelly Denny Claiborne (Chris); Gerald (Jeb) Blalock Denny II (Kate), Scott Shotwell Denny (Ashley); Paul Jacob Denny (Erika); Marian Alexandra (Ali) Wynne (Peyton); and Jon Gregory Staffel, Jr.; great-grandchildren Cecily and Judd Claiborne; Gus, Jane and Hank Denny; Evelyn and Owen Denny; and Scottie Denny.
Flora loved being a church musician. She shared her love of music with several churches for many years by playing the piano and organ and directing choirs. She was a lifelong member of Nutbush Presbyterian Church but served Stovall Baptist and Stovall Methodist Churches with her time and talent.
Flora attended Flora MacDonald College (St. Andrews) and became a teacher. She loved teaching. Education was important to her, and she tried to instill that in her children and grandchildren. Teaching and coaching ladies’ basketball at Stovall High School was her first job and always held a special place in her heart. She also taught at J.F. Webb High School and North Granville Private School.
After leaving the teaching profession, she worked at The Employment Security Commission. She loved her job of helping people find jobs. As education was important; a good work ethic was equally important.
All expressions of kindness are appreciated. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Oxford Baptist Church Music Ministry P.O. Box 398 Oxford, NC 27565; the program that “taught all her grandchildren the art of playing music.”
A private graveside service will be held at Tabernacle Methodist Church in Townsville, NC. You may access the graveside service by clicking on the following link:
Graveside Service: https://vimeo.com/518310823