Lloyd G. Shackelford, a retired Chesapeake & Potomac Telephone Co. worker and a longtime Lutherville resident, died April 30 of complications from cancer at the Colorado State Veterans Home in Walsenburg. He was 94.
The son of Lloyd Russell Shackelford, a building contractor, and Anna Guseman Shackelford, a homemaker, Lloyd Gay Shackelford was born and raised in Grafton, W.Va., where he graduated in 1937 from Grafton High School.
Mr. Shackelford was an accomplished draftsman, but the Depression put an end to his dream of studying architecture. He came to Baltimore in the late 1930s and took a job with the old Chesapeake & Potomac Telephone Co.
During World War II, he briefly served in the Army Signal Corps until being discharged on a medical disability. He returned to C&P, where he worked until retiring in 1983.
In 1948, he married Mary Anne Farmer, an educator, and three years later, the couple built a modest home on Clarke Avenue in Lutherville, where they raised their four children, family members said.
"They forwent personal comforts to provide for their children and achieve their goal of sending all four children to college," said a daughter, Loanne Marie Shackelford of La Veta, Colo.
The couple enjoyed spending winters at a second home in Fort Myers Beach, Fla., and traveling.
After his wife's death in 1986, Mr. Shackelford moved to Oak Crest Village in Parkville. Last year, because of failing health, he entered the Colorado State Veterans Home.
Mr. Shackelford was a gardener, painter, woodcarver and tennis player. He also enjoyed camping and hiking the Northern Central Railroad Trail.
"He also had hiked portions of the Appalachian Trail," his daughter said.
Mr. Shackelford left his body to the Maryland Anatomy Board. At his request, no services will be held.
In addition to his daughter, he is survived by two sons, Larry V. Shackelford of Towson and Russell L. Shackelford of Gulf Shores, Ala.; another daughter, Amy Ellen Wilhite of Bandon, Ore.; and two grandsons.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun