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James “Jim” Dale Shuffield of Fayetteville, NC took his last lap around the track on August 31, 2022. He was comforted in his final moments at Cape Fear Valley Hospital by his wife Laura Shuffield, daughter Jennifer Albert, and son Craig Shuffield.
Jim was born in Grass Valley, California on March 23, 1959 to Bobby and JoAnn (Hayden) Shuffield.
Jim met Laura (Hallisey) while stationed at Ft. Bragg with the 82nd Airborne. Following his time in the service, they moved to California. On February 21, 1981 he and Laura were married and immediately got to work on starting their family. Nine months later, Jennifer was born. Craig would complete the family a few years later when they moved back to North Carolina to be closer to Laura’s parents, Bob & Bette.
The Hallisey family found Jim to be an acquired taste at first (according to Jim anyway) but he was soon tamed and became a beloved member of the family. He was always happy to welcome Laura’s parents and siblings (Barbara, Patti, Bob, Jack, Scott, Michael, and Kelly) into his home with their families any time there was a reason to gather.
He was known throughout the city of Fayetteville for his respected business, Southern Machine. You would often find him in the shop with customers, friends, and family, but would find it hard to tell the difference, as many of his customers were friends, and many of his friends were like family.
Jim was also known around Fayetteville Motor Speedway as a dirt track demon in his super late model #44. Craig would later follow in Jim's tire tracks by driving his own car, #360, that they built and modified over the years. Building and racing was his passion, as can be seen by anyone who entered his shop on Camden Road.
While the shop and race car were his career and hobby, his family above all else, was his true love. There isn’t anything that he wouldn’t do for a member of his family, and nothing gave Jim more joy than spending time with his grandchildren. In order of appearance: Logan, Owen, Axel, Lily, Piper, and Beaux. He was “Pop” to all of them, and they were his world. His pride for them shone through his gray beard anytime he talked about his grandchildren. His favorite daughter-in-law Brannigan Shuffield and son-in-law Tim Albert were immediately welcomed by Jim and well loved, teased, and respected over the years.
He worked hard at the shop, but he always found time in the day for family at home, especially when food was involved. He enjoyed a good gathering, whether it was a holiday or a Sunday brunch. Jim could be found in the kitchen, preparing a vast meal for all to enjoy. His pounds of bacon, pancakes, french toast, macaroni salad (to name a few) will be missed by everyone who shared a space at the dining room island prepared by Jim.
Jim is predeceased in the Shuffield family by both of his parents, two brothers (Chris & Robert), and a sister (LeAnn). His father-in-law Bob, a decorated WWII and Vietnam Veteran of both the Army and Navy, passed in 2020.