Florine Mims Shoffner, 87, of Greensboro, NC, transitioned into eternal rest on Friday, September 16, 2022. A native of Caswell County, NC, she was born on March 8, 1935. She was the youngest child of John and Matilda Mims.
Florine’s formative years were spent in Yanceyville, NC. While attending high school at Caswell County Training School she became the first Black female bus driver in Caswell County. After graduating from high school, she continued her education at NC A&T University.
Florine received Christ at an early age, was baptized, and became a member of Sassafras Grove Baptist Church, where she served as a teenaged church pianist. In her young adult years, she joined and became an active member of New Goshen United Methodist Church for over 60 years. She sang in New Goshen’s 1st Gospel Choir and later the Chancel and Inspirational Choirs. She faithfully attended Sunday School and Bible Study. She blessed others by calling and encouraging them with the love of Christ. She joyfully served in mission with the United Methodist Women.
Florine was employed by Guilford County Schools as a bus driver, cafeteria worker, and office assistant for Rena Bullock School. She began a career at Cone Mills, Inc. and worked for over 20 years until retirement. Following retirement, she volunteered at a Day Care center for seniors and later worked at a rest home facility before taking care of her older sister at home.
Florine loved spending time with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. She was notorious for beating everyone at the game of Chinese Checkers. Writing Biblically-inspired daily devotions in her journals was something that she thoroughly enjoyed which offered her great strength and comfort. Engaging in this activity has left a written spiritual legacy for her family. She traveled extensively to many states as well as to Germany. She especially loved traveling with the love of her life, Robert, to many Aggies football games.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 37 years, Robert Lee Shoffner, Sr.; parents John and Matilda Mims; brothers Tommy Mims, Theodore (Thee) Mims and James (Jack) Mims; and sisters Olivia Mims Poole and Mary Adelaide Mims Blackwell.
Those remaining to cherish her memory include: her sons Kelvin Lea (Stephanie), Robert Lee Shoffner, Jr. (Linda), Lawrence Shoffner, John Shoffner, and Julian Shoffner; her daughters Pamela Shoffner and Inda Chavis (Bobbie); grandchildren, DaNikia Ettson, Shawn Lea (Marquita), Terin Shoffner, Joshua Chavis (Raquel), Adrian Lea, Asia Shoffner, Quentin Chavis (Addison), Breonna Lea, and Amber Shoffner; seven great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, and friends.