Glen Franklin Shaffer, Jr. 38, of Bridgeport passed away on Sunday, July 23, 2017.
He was born April 9, 1979, in Grafton, WV; son of Glen Franklin Shaffer, Sr. and the late Carolyn Elaine Echard Gibson.
Glen is survived by his son, Glen Franklin Shaffer, III of Clarksburg, WV; one brother, Christopher Glen Shaffer of Grafton, WV; grandmother, Betty L. Lipscomb Shaffer of Grafton, WV; step-father; Rick Gibson of Bridgeport, WV; several aunts, uncles and cousins.
Glen graduated from Bridgeport High School. He was currently attending classes to become an Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselor. He performed with the band Crimson Reign, Double Barrel Dixie and several other bands. He was an instructor at Showtime Music of multiple instruments and vocal lessons. He enjoyed music, spending time with his son and making people laugh.
Glen Shaffer was a high energy singer-songwriter musician. Glen is a self-taught guitarist with a unique style, boundless energy and unstoppable enthusiasm. Riding a wave of destiny, whether it be tidal waves or smooth sailing. His charm and charisma shine through the aura that surrounds him.
Glen’s love for music started at age of 3. He was playing guitar at the age of 10. By the time he had reached 13 he was playing lead guitar and backing up bands on the local bar scene. he started receiving songwriting awards for song submissions all over the country. While figuring out the next step, he got a call from previous connections in Tennessee for what he thought was an open slot as a sideman gig. He was wrong about the sideman slot. This time it was Glen’s time to take the spot light. He spent most of 2005 finally getting to fulfill a life-long dream of completing a record of his own, and forming a band around himself. The tables were turning in all the right directions. Signing his first record deal with Handsfull Records, a brand new look and a fully produced album. There is only one thing left to say…. Hello world, meet Glen Shaffer!
Some of Glen’s accomplishments include: Glen’s composition “Comforting Shoulder” won second place in the July 2004 Song of the Month contest. “Mountain Man” won first place in the Folk category in the 2004 Song of the Year contest and his composition “Song for Jay” received honorable mention. He also won first place in Level Two of the Colgate Country Showdown contest with Shannon Shields. Glen toured with Rodney Atkins “if your going through hell”, “I’ve been watching you” and toured with Mike Walker “Honey Do” and “Memphis Women & Chicken”. He appeared as an extra in the Montgomery Gentry video “Hell, Yeah” and played on the Food Network’s TV show “Forty Dollars a Day in Nashville”. Song of the Year recognized Glen for his exceptional songwriting ability for the song “Mountain Man.”
Glen competed against songwriters from all over the world for this honor. When asked what inspired the song, Glen commented that “After living in Nashville for three years, on a trip back home I realized where my heart was, in West Virginia.”
Family will receive friends at Bartlett Funeral Home, 202 McGraw Ave, Grafton, on Wednesday, July 26, 2017, from 4:00-7:00 p.m.; Thursday, July 27, 2017, at Davis Funeral Home, 124 Olen Thomas Dr., Clarksburg, from 2:00 p.m., until the time of service at 7:00 p.m, with Pastor Peggy Williams presiding.
Online condolences may be sent to DavisFuneralHomeWV.com.
Davis Funeral Home is honored to assist the Shaffer family.