Stanley Leon "S.L." Shackleford



Stanley Leon Shackleford of Fayetteville, died on Tuesday January 9 surrounded by his adoring wife and children.

He was born in Rutledge, Georgia on February 17, 1923 to Woodie L. Shackleford and Mable Oxford Shackleford. He grew up in Atlanta, and after graduating from Georgia Tech with a degree in Aeronautical Engineering, he was commissioned as an officer in the U.S. Navy, where he served on the destroyers USS Chew and USS Waldron in the Pacific from 1943-1946. He married Judith Lewis Shackleford in 1946. He was an engineer for Delta Airlines in Atlanta when Delta only had 13 airplanes. He and Judy then moved to Charlotte where he was a District Service Manager for Buick Motor Division. They moved to Fayetteville in 1950 where Shack worked for Dickinson Buick. Over the course of his career there he served in many capacities, starting as Service Manager and culminating in co-owning the business, which eventually became Dickinson Buick-Dodge. He served in many civic, business and service organizations, including the Military Affairs Committee, where he became close friends with many military leaders, the Board of United Carolina Bank, and the North Carolina Automobile Dealers Association, serving as Treasurer from 1981-1982 and President from 1984-1985. He was instrumental in the development of the NCADA Workers’ Compensation Self-Insurers Fund, which benefitted many dealerships. The organization also awarded him a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2000, and he was awarded the Time Magazine Quality Dealer of the Year for North Carolina in 1991. He served on the National Dodge Dealer Council as well as the Buick National Parts & Service Managers’ Advisory Council. He was on the Board of Trustees at Highland Country Club and was its President in 1996. He was dedicated to the Fayetteville Rotary Club for many years, served as its President and was a Paul Harris Fellow. He and Judy were early members of Snyder Memorial Baptist Church, where he served in leadership positions including several terms on the Board of Deacons.

Shack’s time in the navy awakened a deep love of the ocean and especially sailing, and he enjoyed many years of sailboat racing with the Wrightsville Beach Ocean Racing Association. He also enjoyed playing golf with friends, often several times a week until he was almost 90.

He is survived by his wife Judy; three children, Laney Anderson of Manhattan Beach, CA, Scott Shackleford (Cheryl Guth) of Highlands Ranch, CO, and Lauren Harper (Shields) of Fayetteville; six grandchildren, Brian Harper (Katie) and Caroline Penny (Michael) both of Hillsborough, Kristen Benedict (Otto) of Redondo Beach, CA, Alan Harper (Rachel) of Durham, Erik Anderson of West Los Angeles, CA, and Taylor Shackleford of Fayetteville; and five great-grandchildren. He was pre-deceased by his parents and two siblings, William O. Shackleford and Gloria Baker.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, January 13, 2018 at 2 pm in Jernigan-Warren Chapel. The family will receive friends following the service at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Operation Inasmuch, the Fayetteville Symphony, The CARE Clinic or Fayetteville Animal Protection Society.