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Clarence Doyle Shackelford


On Sunday, August 11, 2019, Clarence Doyle Shackelford, loving husband and father of two children, passed away in his home in Orlando, Florida surrounded by family at the age of 85.  He was simply known as Shack by family and friends.  Shack was born June 27, 1934 in Hobbs, New Mexico to the late Julius and Minnie Shackelford who were moving from Texas to California during the Depression.  He received a business degree from the University of Oregon and served in the ROTC.  He entered the U.S. Army in 1957 as a Second Lieutenant and did three tours of active duty.  He received recognition over the years for his contributions including graduating from Command and General Staff College in 1978.   He retired with an honorable discharge in 1987 as a full Colonel.  Shack served in management positions in the retail and financial services industries for the first twenty years of his career. In 1979 Shack changed careers becoming a nursing home administrator. Over the next eighteen years he became known for his ability to come into a troubled nursing home, stabilize it and put the home on a path to recovery.  He was the first administrator of the Salyersville Health Care Center when it opened in 1979 and over sixteen years, he helped turn around several nursing homes in Florida, California and Oklahoma.  He met his wife of 62 years at Fort Benning , Georgia and on July 21, 1957, he married Retta Sue Hamilton, daughter of Brack and Dora Wisecup Hamilton of Mash Fork at First Baptist Church, Salyersville, Kentucky.  They raised two sons, David and Steve living along the way in Washington, Georgia, California, Arkansas, Ohio, Iowa, Nebraska, Kentucky and Florida.  Shack loved to travel traversing through 47 of the 50 states and it wasn’t unusual for him and Sue to get in the car and drive to their beloved property in the rolling hills of eastern Kentucky.  There he found space, peace and time to pursue a myriad of projects over the years.  Shack was known for his quirky sense of humor, his love for Bing Crosby and the big band era and he leaves us with some beautiful poetry.  In addition to his wife Retta Sue, Shack is survived by his son David (Orlando) and his wife Kaay and their two daughters, Abby (Orlando) and Claire (Tallahassee), and his son, Steve (New York City), his wife Lisa, and their son, John (Atlanta), his wife Stephanie, and their children Grant and Macy Shackelford.  He is also survived by Steve and Lisa’s two daughters, Amy Shack Egan (Brooklyn), married to John Egan, and Emma Jane Shackelford (Nashville).  He also leaves two nephews, Brad and Christopher Will and a niece Trisha Will.  Shack was predeceased by his sister, Patricia Ann Shackelford Will in 2007.  A memorial service will he held at 10:00am August 31st at the Magoffin County, Kentucky Funeral Home in Salyersville at 817 Parkway Drive.  Shack was a long-time member of First Baptist Church in Orlando, Florida and in lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider making a donation to the ministry Redeemer City to City, a global ministry his son Steve serves that has helped start more than 650 gospel centered churches in global cities all over the world ( or Cornerstone Hospice & Palliative Care (



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