April 20, 2007
Midland College lost a beloved family member at 1:15 p.m., on Friday, April 20 when Chloice Shofner passed away at the age of 74 at his home in Waller, Texas. His funeral was held Sunday, April 22 in Waller, Texas.
Shofner’s career at Midland College began in 1969 after he received his Master’s of Business Administration (MBA) degree from Texas Tech University. Shofner actually had two stints at MC, one from 1969-1976 and one 1984-2005. For many of his years at MC, Shofner lived in Patricia and drove to Midland to his “day job.” He continued to farm for many years before he moved his family into Midland. Mary Lopez, MC’s Public Information Coordinator, who is also from Patricia, remembers seeing Chloice when she was a little girl. “He was a farmer,” Mary Lopez said, “And he used to drive this very old tractor through town and he wore the oldest, ugliest and most worn out cowboy hat I have ever seen. I will never forget him driving along waving like he was in the Macy Thanksgiving Day Parade.”
Shofner was a favorite teacher among students and faculty, perhaps because he treated teaching like a vocation. “Teaching is almost like being a pastor,” Shofner said. “You pretty much have to be called. I enjoy helping students understand what life is all about. Students’ interest to continue and succeed is worth everything. That’s why I teach.”
Aside from teaching, Shofner was also a student while at MC. He spent many semesters in the building technology area fine tuning his artistic ability as a builder, where he made, among other things, a poker chip holder and a mesquite porch swing for his daughter. Shofner was also known for his culinary talents. He made peach cobblers and pineapple upside-down cakes, over open charcoal in cast iron kettles. He became famous for his cobblers, one of which he donated every year to the United Way fundraiser.
Mr. Shofner is survived by his wife, Kathy Shofner; sons, Nathan Shofner and wife Angela and Vance Shofner and wife Meisha; daughters, Cheryl Miles and Marna Lewis and husband Sterling; brother, Reams Shofner and wife Gay, 10 grandchildren and 1 great grandson.
Graveside services were held Sunday April 22, 2007 at Canon Mathis Cemetery at 2:00 P.M. in Waller, Texas with Pastor Edd Wunderlich officiating.
If you wish to contribute towards the Chloice Shofner Scholarship at Midland College in his memory, please Give a Gift. Or, you may mail your memorial to:
MIDLAND COLLEGE FOUNDATION, INC.
3600 N. GARFIELD · MIDLAND, TX 79705