Schafer, Herbert – Atlanta Journal Constitution

29August 2020

SCHAFER, Herbert Chris Schafer, 86, died on Sunday, August 16, 2020 at Forsyth Medical Center in Winston-Salem, North Carolina due to problems of COVID-19. Mr. Schafer was born upon August 1, 1934 to Dorothy Higgins Schafer and Chris Jacob Schafer, Jr. in Kenosha, Wisconsin. In 1952, he graduated from Mary D. Bradford Secondary School, Kenosha, Wisconsin. Mr. Schafer then moved to North Carolina after being awarded a full four-year scholarship in Textiles to North Carolina State University in Raleigh, North Carolina. Through his participation with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship at North Carolina State University, he fulfilled his wife, Virginia Lee Jones. They were wed on June 14, 1958 in Raleigh, North Carolina. After residing in Asheville, North Carolina and working for American Enka Business for one year, they transferred to Chapel Hill, North Carolina where Mr. Schafer earned his Master of Business Administration from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1960. The Schafers then moved to Atlanta, Georgia where they lived for forty-nine years. He began his sixty-year career with The Prudential Insurance Company of America as an Insurance Representative and later ended up being a Chartered Life Underwriter, CLU in 1970. In 1981, he made his Master of Science and Financial Solutions from The American College and in 1982 was acknowledged as a Chartered Financial Specialist from The American College. He is remembered for his steadfast devotion to his customers and coworkers. Mr. and Mrs. Schafer’s Christian fellowship was the center of their life while residing in Atlanta, first participating in Northwoods Bible Chapel and later on North Atlanta Bible Chapel. Mr. Schafer’s involvement with the Lord’s commission was extensive and honored his personal dedication to furthering God’s work. In 2009, the Schafers transferred to Arbor Acres United Methodist Retirement Community in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. As an eleven-year homeowner of Arbor Acres, he remained active in the life insurance and monetary planning industry while being involved in many functions as an advocate for senior adults; President of the Male’s Club and was presently the Arbor Acres Agent to the North Carolina Continuing Care Residents Association. Mr. Herbert Schafer is preceded in death by his parents and sibling, Paul S. Schafer. He is survived by his other half of 62 years, Virginia Jones Schafer of Winston-Salem, North Carolina; his two children: Sharon Schafer Kennedy and other half William Moore Kennedy of Charlotte, North Carolina and Sally Schafer Thomas and spouse Dr. Christopher Reid Thomas of Spartanburg, South Carolina; his three grandchildren: Kathryn Lee Kennedy of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, Virginia Metcalf Thomas and Reid Schafer Thomas of Spartanburg, South Carolina; and his sibling, Beverly S. Petersen of Stuart, Florida. He leaves a long lasting legacy of his faith in God, strength, love and dedication to his household as their beloved Pa. A private graveside service officiated by Rod Sharp of Winston-Salem, North Carolina was held by his instant household on Friday, August 21, 2020 at 11am at Forsyth Memorial Park in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, Account: Carolinas Vision, P.O. Box 7895, Madison, Wisconsin 53719 ( or a charitable company of your choice. The Schafer household prepares to celebrate Herb’s life with a funeral to be held at a later date. Salem Funeral Service House in Winston-Salem, North Carolina is helping the Schafer family.Source:

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