Schafer, Herbert Chris – Winston-Salem Journal

25August 2020

August 1, 1934-August 16, 2020 Herbert Chris Schafer, 86, died on Sunday, August 16, 2020 at Forsyth Medical Center in Winston-Salem, North Carolina due to complications of COVID-19. Mr. Schafer was born on August 1, 1934 to Dorothy Higgins Schafer and Chris Jacob Schafer, Jr. in Kenosha, Wisconsin. In 1952, he finished from Mary D. Bradford Secondary School, Kenosha, Wisconsin. Mr. Schafer then relocated 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 partner, Virginia Lee Jones. They were wed on June 14, 1958 in Raleigh, North Carolina. After living in Asheville, North Carolina and working for American Enka Company for one year, they moved to Chapel Hill, North Carolina where Mr. Schafer earned his Master of Company Administration from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1960. The Schafers then transferred to Atlanta, Georgia where they lived for forty-nine years. He started his sixty-year profession with The Prudential Insurance Provider of America as an Insurance coverage Representative and later became a Chartered Life Underwriter, CLU in 1970. In 1981, he made his Master of Science and Financial Providers from The American College and in 1982 was acknowledged as a Chartered Financial Expert from The American College. He is remembered for his tireless commitment to his customers and colleagues. Mr. and Mrs. Schafer’s Christian fellowship was the center of their life while living in Atlanta, very first going to Northwoods Bible Chapel and later North Atlanta Bible Chapel. Mr. Schafer’s participation with the Lord’s commission was widespread and honored his individual commitment to advancing God’s work. In 2009, the Schafers moved to Arbor Acres United Methodist Retirement Home in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. As an eleven-year local of Arbor Acres, he remained active in the life insurance coverage and financial planning industry while being involved in various roles as a supporter for senior grownups; President of the Guy’s Club and was currently the Arbor Acres Representative to the North Carolina Continuing Care Homeowners Association. Mr. Herbert Schafer is preceded in death by his moms and dads and bro, Paul S. Schafer. He is survived by his other half of 62 years, Virginia Jones Schafer of Winston-Salem, North Carolina; his two daughters: 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 3 grandchildren: Kathryn Lee Kennedy of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, Virginia Metcalf Thomas and Reid Schafer Thomas of Spartanburg, South Carolina; and his sis, Beverly S. Petersen of Stuart, Florida. He leaves behind an everlasting tradition of his faith in God, strength, love and dedication to his household as their precious 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 organization of your choice. The Schafer family prepares to celebrate Herb’s life with a funeral to be held at a later date. Online acknowledgements may be sent through Salem Funeral Service & & Cremation Service 2951 Reynolda Rd., Winston-Salem, NC 27106


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