Ruth Helen Hinshaw

                                                      ┌── James Rennie Hinshaw
                                                      │    1853-1927 
                       ┌── William Rennie Hinshaw ────┤
                       │    1891-1949                 │
                       │                              └── Sarah A. Redding
                       │                                   1852-1940 
Ruth Helen Hinshaw ────┤
B: 1929                │
D: 2010                │
                       └── Lillie Victoria Williams
M: Sammy Whitson Shoaf

Ruth Helen Hinshaw     [ID 14060] Click here to switch to Ahnentafel view: Ahnentafel View

Ruth Helen Hinshaw1,2 [Helen Hinshaw3,4,5,6].

Born Jan 21 1929, Randleman, Randolph County, North Carolina.1,2,5  

She married Sammy Whitson Shoaf, Feb 5 1950.3,4,5  Sammy, son of Wiley Lee Shoaf & Margie Yarbrough, was born Nov 2 1924, Davidson County, North Carolina.4,6  


Vickie Lynn Shoaf, born Sep 19 1953, Davidson County, North Carolina; married Don Dunnigan 1
Janet Elaine Shoaf, born Oct 3 1955, Davidson County, North Carolina; married Bucky Frye. 1
Mary Jean Shoaf; married Danny Linville.

In 2000 Helen was residing in Boonville, Yadkin County, North Carolina.3  

Sammy died Jul 31 2006, Brookridge Baptist Retirement Community, Winston-Salem, Forsyth County, North Carolina; buried Aug 4 2006, Reedy Creek Baptist Church, Lexington, North Carolina.4,5  

Sammy's obituary was published in the "Winston-Salem Journal" (Winston-Salem, North Carolina) on August 2-3, 2006:4

LEXINGTON - The Rev. Sammy Whitson Shoaf, 81, of 109 Forest Hill Road, Lexington, one of God's choicest servants, was called home to heaven at 4:30 p.m. Monday, July 31, 2006, at Brookridge Baptist Retirement Community in Winston-Salem.  The Rev. Shoaf was born in Davidson County on Nov. 2, 1924, to Wiley Lee Shoaf and Margie Yarbrough Shoaf.  He graduated from Lexington High School in 1941 and was employed with his brothers, Frank and Paul Shoaf, before entering the U.S. Army on April 24, 1945, and serving in Japan with the Army of Occupation until his discharge in November 1946.  While serving his country, Sammy met his lifelong friend, Mr. Thomas L. Vick.  In August 1949, Sammy met the love of his life, Helen Hinshaw, whom he married on Feb. 5, 1950.  Soon after their marriage, Sammy surrendered to God's call to the gospel ministry.  He attended Piedmont Bible College, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Religious Education degree in 1956.  The Rev. Shoaf pastored six area churches in North Carolina and Virginia.  From 1956 to 1959, he pastored Burton Street Baptist Church, currently known as Faith Baptist Church, in Thomasville; from 1959 to 1962 at Snowville Baptist Church in Snowville, Va.; from 1962 to 1971, he was at Reedy Creek Baptist Church in Lexington; and from 1971 to 1981, he pastored Swan Creek Baptist Church in Jonesville.  From 1981 to 1991, he was at Urban Street Baptist Church in Winston-Salem; and from 1991 to 2002, he was at North Oak Ridge Baptist Church in Boonville.  Though the Rev. Shoaf retired from the pastorate in 2002 and moved to Lexington, he continued to speak in local churches as needed.  Through the Rev. Shoaf's long ministry, countless people were won to the Lord.  He will be remembered for his kind and humble spirit and love for the congregations he shepherded.  He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers Frank Shoaf and Paul Shoaf; and sisters Ruth Swicegood and Maurine Shaw.  Surviving are his wife of 56 years, Helen H. Shoaf, of the home; daughters Vickie Dunnigan and husband, Don, of Jonesville; Janet Frye and husband Bucky of Pfafftown; and Mary Jean Linville and husband Danny of Elizabethtown, Pa.; six grandchildren, Jennifer Harris and husband, Darren; Bethany Mastin; Whitson Frye; Austin Frye; Wes Linville; and Ben Linville; a great-grandson, McKinley Harris; brother James "Jimmy" Shoaf and wife Sandra of Lexington; and sisters Sue Koonts and Jeanette Jones and husband Billy, all of Lexington; and a dear friend, Tom Vick, of Rocky Mount.  The funeral service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 4, at Reedy Creek Baptist Church, where he was a member, with the Rev. Egbert Craven, the Rev. Elwood McQuaid, the Rev. Jimmie Jones and the Rev. Carroll Bibb officiating.  Burial will follow in the church cemetery.  The body will be taken to the church, where the family will receive friends from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. today, Aug. 3, at Reedy Creek Baptist Church.  Memorials may be directed to Reedy Creek Baptist Church, c/o the Rev. Sammy W. Shoaf Preacher's Fund, 600 Reedy Creek Baptist Church Road, Lexington, NC 27295, or Piedmont Baptist College, 716 Franklin St., Winston-Salem, NC 27101.  Our special thanks goes to the staff of Brookridge Baptist Retirement Community for their love and care of the Rev. Shoaf during his stay there.  Davidson Funeral Home Lexington Chapel is in charge of arrangements.  Online condolences may be made at

Ruth Helen Hinshaw died May 25 2010, age 81.5  

Helen's obituary was published in the "Winston-Salem Journal" (Winston-Salem, North Carolina) on May 27, 2010:5

Helen Hinshaw Shoaf

SHOAF ELKIN - Mrs. Helen Hinshaw Shoaf, 81, went to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, whom she loved and faithfully served, on Tuesday, May 25, 2010 after a valiant battle with stomach cancer.  Ruth Helen Hinshaw Shoaf was born on January 21, 1929, to the late William Rennie and Lillie Victoria Williamson Hinshaw in Randleman, NC.  She graduated from Thomasville High School in 1947.  Helen married Sammy Whitson Shoaf on February 5, 1950 and enjoyed 56 years of marriage with him until his death, July 31, 2006.  Mrs. Shoaf faithfully served as a beloved pastor's wife for 53 years, working with her husband at six different pastorates.  She worked at Shoaf Wayside Furniture early in their marriage and after raising their daughters went back into the workforce and retired from Old Salem, Inc. (Accounting Dept) in 1998.  Helen loved music and faithfully encouraged her three daughters to practice piano daily.  She also loved God's Word and spent many hours reading through her Bible, and required her children to read the Bible and memorize scripture verses.  In addition to her husband and parents, she was also preceded in death by her brother, Paul Hinshaw of Thomasville and sister, Eloise Burkhart of Lexington.  Mrs. Shoaf is survived by her daughters, Vickie S. Dunnigan (Don) of Jonesville, Janet S. Frye (Bucky) of Pfafftown, and Mary Jean S. Linville (Danny) of Elizabethtown, PA; sister, Lillie Mae (Ray) Kirkman of Denton; six grandchildren, Jennifer Harris (Darren), Bethany Settle (Daniel), Whitson and Austin Frye, Wes Linville (Jessica) and Ben Linville; four great grandchildren, McKinley and Braeden Harris, Bryson Settle and Whitney Linville; several nieces and nephews and a host of beloved friends.  The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Thursday, May 27, 2010 at Gentry Family Funeral Service in Yadkinville.  Her funeral service will be conducted at 2:00 p.m. Friday, May 28, 2010 at Reedy Creek Baptist Church in Lexington by the Rev. Egbert Craven, the Rev. Danny Dodds and the Rev. Randy Johnson.  The family will receive friends in the church after the service.  Burial will follow in the church cemetery.  She will lie in-state 30 minutes prior to the service.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to Mountain Valley Hospice of Elkin, Baptist Mid-Missions, Piedmont Baptist College, and BEN Ministries (Addresses available online).  The family wishes to extend their heartfelt appreciation to the nurses and staff at Hugh Chatham Nursing Center, 300 Hall, for their loving and gentle care of Mrs, Shoaf during her time there and to Mountain Valley Hospice for their care and help to the family.  Gentry Family Funeral Service in Yadkinville is serving the Shoaf family.  Online condolences can be made at

(photo)Photo: Sammy Whitson Shoaf 4


  1. North Carolina Birth Index, 1800-2000;
  2. 1930 census, Providence Township, Randolph County, North Carolina; roll T626-1715, ED 24, page 6B, line #87, dwelling #116, family #117.
  3. Obituary of Eloise Hinshaw Burkhart.
  4. Obituary of Sammy Whitson Shoaf; the Winston-Salem Journal, Aug 2-3 2006:
  5. Obituary of Helen Hinshaw Shoaf; the Winston-Salem Journal, May 27 2010:
  6. U.S. Public Records Index;

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