WILMINGTON — Elverton Anderson “Curly” Shands, 94, passed away unexpectedly Monday, Dec. 26, 2016.
He was born Jan. 9, 1922, in Wilmington, N.C., to Elverton Adolphus Shands and Elene Kure Shands. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Vera Peters Shands; daughter, Karen Fikaris, and great-grandson, Robert Murray Hardison.
He is survived by his daughters, Celina (Kathi) Shands of San Diego, Calif., and Pamm Jones (Bill) of Wilmington; grandsons Marshall Bart Hardison (McKenzie) of Fuquay-Varina, William Robert Jones III (Tripp) of Wilmington, and George Elias Alexander Jones (Alex) of Greenville, N.C.; great-grandchildren, Eli Hardison and Mary-Marshall Hardison; sister, Jean Shands Daniel of Clearwater, Fla.; and a large group of wonderful and loyal friends.
Curly graduated from New Hanover High School in 1941, playing football and baseball in his junior and senior years. After graduation he was offered a football scholarship to Wake Forest University. Instead, he decided to attend the Joe Stripp Baseball School in Orlando, Fla. He signed a contract with the Boston Red Sox minor league team and played until he was called to duty for his country. He joined the U.S. Navy serving in World War II on the USS Tangier and the USS Currituck and in the Korean War. He was a member of American Legion Post 10 and St. Matthews Lutheran Church.
He retired from the New Hanover County ABC System and in his younger years, co-founded The (world famous) Spot at Wrightsville Beach with the late Roy Rudd. Curly had a photographic memory, read two to three books a week, loved Carolina Basketball, the Boston Red Sox and the Detroit Lions. For over 20 years, he hosted his annual Super Bowl Party. We know in our hearts that he waited to leave this earth until he helped to put a Republican in the White House again.
Visitation will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 7, 2017, at Coble Ward-Smith Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Wounded Warriors Project or the Shriner’s Hospital for Children.