Dr. William Augustus Shafer


Long Illness Fatal to Former City Physician, Safety Board Member


               Dr. William A. Shafer, 63, resident and prominent practicing physician of Chattanooga for nearly a half-century and three decades ago one of the city’s most influential political leaders, died at 11:15 o’clock yesterday morning after an extended illness.

               Dr. Shafer was born near Valley Head, Ala., March 4, 1871. He came to Chattanooga in the late “eighties” and entered Chattanooga Medical college. After his graduation he practiced his profession for many years. He was city physician for several years and then served nine years on the old board of public safety. After his retirement from the board he resumed practice as a physician.

               He married first Miss Mary Bradshaw, who died more than twenty years ago. His second wife was Miss Estelle Howard, who survives him. He is also survived by three children, Earl B., of Anniston, Ala., and Ralph E. and Mrs. Willie White, of Chattanooga, and three grandchildren, Ralph E., Jr., and Bettye Gene Howard, and Mrs. Mary Lindsay. Other survivors are four brothers and four sisters, Harry Shafer, of Valley Head; Murphy Shafer, of Chattanooga; Elbert Shafer, of Soddy; Charles Shafer, of Mills, N. M.; Mrs. Mattie Keith, Mrs. Stella Dean and Mrs. Nancy Wright, of Valley Head, and Mrs. Georgia Sampley, of Germyn, Tex.

               Funeral arrangements will be announced later.

The Chattanooga Times August 31, 1934


Submitted By Gloria Shafer Seymour