|Birth: ||Jun. 22, 1923|
|Death: ||Dec. 8, 1999|
Son of Samuel A. C. & Hazel (Watson) Shanafelt, the first born son of three daughters and two sons.
Upon graduating from Bryson High School, he went to college at North Texas Agricultural College, a military school, at Arlington, TX. While at College, his father died 23 Apr 1942. On 20 Nov 1942, Arthur enlisted to fight for his country. After extensive training, Arthur graduated Class of 44 G. He was Cadet Captain and Squadron Commander of Squadron 11. With his military schooling in Texas added to this military training, Arthur was credited with two years of college. Arthur began advanced training flying the B17, then was assigned a crew to take to Central Europe. Members of his crew became the 360th Squadron of the 303rd Bomb Group known as "Hell's Angels". On 31 Jan 1945 Arthur Samuel C. Shanafelt, Jr., 2nd Lieutenant, departed the U.S. by the ship U.S.S. Wakefield and arrived 8 Feb 1945 in Liverpool, England. He fought in Germany, Ardennes (NE France on Belgian frontier) and Central Europe. He was decorated with the Air Medal, EAME Theater Ribbon and American Theater Ribbon Victory Medal, honorably serving in active combat with the Army Air Corps from 4 Aug 1944 to 5 Dec 1945. It was not until 22 April 1957, when he had "attained maximum age for retention in the Air Force Reserve" that 2nd Lt. Arthur Shanafelt was honorably discharged from the Armed Forces of the U. S. of America.
3 Aug 1945, Lt. Arthur Shanafelt and Miss Beverly Pauline Grafa were married in a small ceremony at St. Mark's Methodist Church in Fort Worth, Tarrant County, Texas. Together they had three children, Sam, Suzette and Shari.
Shawnie was a member of a farming family, but the pull of the oilfields held his interest. So it was to the oilfields and the cattle and land that Shawnie returned after his service during WWII. He worked for American Drilling Company at Graham three years, then moved over to Boaz Well Service. In 1960, he bought out Paul Curtner Well Service. He operated two Wilson Supers and a Walker-Neer pulling unit. Generally he employed ten men and worked along with them. However, The Place (his land) and his cattle was where his heart was.
Arthur was a member of the Bryson Methodist Church and the Jacksboro First United Methodist Church; and was also a member of Mt. Hecia Masonic Lodge at Bryson, having held the office of senior warden. His principal hobby was golf where he was a member of the Jacksboro Golf & Country Club.
Arthur was an exceptionally warm, loving, sincere, proud, hard working and respectable man ... a better friend you'll never find.
Samuel Arthur Carvoso Shanafelt II was a father who loved unconditionally. He taught his children to play, laugh, cry, and to hug. He wanted them to fly with their feet on the ground, to be stronger than their fears, and to always look for gold when life handed them a pan full of sand. He was plain spoken and would tell the truth; a man who rejoiced in his children’s accomplishment no matter how small. He took his children to church; he was a good man who taught values through example. He never held a title more important than Daddy. He loved ranching and cattle and the endless struggle as caretaker of "family land". Land that has been in the family for over 100 years. He taught us loyalty, honesty and patriotism through service. He taught us to respect one another; he taught us what dignity and class truly meant.
He was a man who loved his wife, teaching us what love between a man and a woman should be. He proved that long-term commitment is not only possible, but great fun. He believed in working hard, enjoying his work and the people he worked with. He always enjoyed a good game of golf. It was a mystery how a right-handed man could play such a good game left-handed. Nothing pleased him more than to go fishing with his grandsons.
We will see him everyday through his family . . .
- Sam's face and mannerisms
- Suzette's plain spoken words and straight forwardness
- Shari's devotion and determination
- Sammy's love of family and nickname of "Tooker"
- Shawn's courage
- Christie's independence
- Shane's character from "Pap", father figure & best man at his wedding
- Carli's calm and patience
- Virginia's homage
- Buddy's loving you like a father
. . . And, in the laughter of his great-grandchildren.
This great man loved his family. And, GOOD AT IT HE WAS.
Those of us left behind will tell you - a better father or grandfather never lived and we all lost one of our best friends. The wonderful, precious memories he left will remain with us forever. Pray with us as we ask for Divine guidance and support. Be with our family as we learn to live this life without this precious man's physical presence. And thank you dear Lord, for we are grateful for being given the time to say good-bye. The past year was a piece of eternity we will treasure a lifetime..........We love you, we love you.
Samuel Arthur Carvoso Shanafelt (1897 - 1942)
Hazel Aleene Watson Shanafelt (1898 - 1984)
Beverly Pauline Grafa Shanafelt (1927 - 2007)
Alice May Shanafelt Sanders (1918 - 1999)*
Marguerite Janell Shanafelt Blomshield (1921 - 1985)*
Samuel Arthur Carvoso Shanafelt (1923 - 1999)
Elizabeth Ann Shanafelt Hipp (1928 - 2000)*
Henry Columbus Shanafelt (1932 - 1994)*
Created by: S. G. Shanafelt
Record added: Jul 13, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 39432222
Words escape us as we pause to honor all who have served in the armed forces to protect our liberties. We owe them and their families our heartfelt gratitude. Ronald Reagan, Nov. 11, 1988|
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