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Richard Shadden, 67, of Gray, died at home unexpectedly Saturday morning, May 21, 2011.
He was born June 1, 1943, in Washington County, to Shirley Longfellow Shadden and the late Huvil Shadden. He graduated Sulphur Springs High School in 1961 and attended East Tennessee State University before joining the Tennessee Army National Guard in 1964.
Mr. Shadden was a Washington County Commissioner. He was employed at the Kingsport Press Book Manufacturing Company for 25 years. After his father’s death in 1968, he was elected to the board of directors of the Appalachian Fair, serving on several committees and as vice-president, before being elected to serve as full time secretary-manager in 1987.
He was a member of the Gray Ruritan Club, a 32nd degree Mason, and a member of the Shrine Club. He served on the Convention and Visitors Bureau of the Johnson City Chamber of Commerce, a Director of the Tennessee Association of Fairs, and was a former president and vice-president of the Tennessee Fairs Assoc.
He received numerous recognition awards for his dedication and commitment to many clubs and organizations, including 4-H, FFA, Boy Scouts and local media. His family was recognized as the state 4-H Family in 1990.
In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by one brother, Bill Shadden, a member of the Unicoi County School Board; one sister, Lucille Kiztmiller; brother-in-law, Harold Goodman.
In addition to his mother, Mr. Shadden is survived by his loving wife of 46 years, Sherry Hale Shadden; one daughter, Stephanie Roark and husband Jon; one son, Dr. Bo Shadden; two sisters, Marilyn Shadden Goodman, Beverly Shadden Lovegrove and husband Jerry; a proud grandfather of two beautiful girls, Josie Roark and Mattie Roark; cousin, Bill Longfellow; several nieces and nephews; many, many good friends.
Funeral services were held at 8 p.m., Monday, May 23, at Buffalo Ridge Baptist Church with Dr. Jody Jenkins and the Rev. Gary Seaman officiating. Graveside services will be held Tuesday, May 24, 2011, at 11 a.m., at Washington County Memory Gardens.
Gray Funeral Home is in charge.