Memorial & Funeral Services

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Mr. Vergil Shamberger

Mr. Vergil Leon Shamberger


Walk-Through Viewing, Monday, February 22, 2021, 5-6 PM, Simon Funeral Home Chapel, Southern Pines, NC


Graveside Service & Interment:  Tuesday, February 23, 2021, 1:00 PM, New Zion Cemetery, 1209 Smyrna Church Road, Robbins, NC.  Attendees must wear a mask and practice social distancing.


Mr. Vergil Leon Shamberger, son of the late Charlie and Ruth Brower Shamberger, was born on August 2, 1951 in Robbins, North Carolina.  After a strong fight against ALS, he departed this life on Thursday, February 18, 2021, at FirstHealth/Moore Regional Hospital in Pinehurst, North Carolina, at the age of 69.  Vergil was a beloved husband, father, brother, coach, friend, and a committed church and community leader.


Vergil married his high school sweetheart, Joyce Walker Shamberger, on June 29, 1980, and to this union two children were born, Vergil John Charlie Shamberger and Lawrence Brandon Shamberger.  Vergil loved his family and enjoyed spending as much time with them as possible.  From an early age, Vergil attended New Zion AME Zion Church in Robbins.   He was a very active and dedicated church member.  He sang in the Gospel Choir and Male Chorus, served as Sunday School Superintendent, was a member of the Trustee Board where he served twice as Chairman, and he was a Men’s Booster Club member.  He gave tirelessly to the church throughout the years, and was very dedicated to the uplifting of God’s Kingdom.


Vergil was a superstar athlete throughout his high school and college years.  While at North Moore High School,  he participated in Track and Field and Football.  He won many awards for his performance on the field.  He was selected as Player of the Year and Back of the Year in Football, and Most Valuable Player in Track and Field, just to name a few.  He was also North Moore’s first representative to play in the North Carolina East West All Star Football Game.  He was a State Champion in track and set state records in the low and high hurdles.  He represented North Moore well and was a proud Mustang! 


After graduating from North Moore High School, Vergil attended Shaw University in Raleigh, North Carolina.  He was a collegiate athlete and played on the Shaw University Football Team throughout his years at Shaw.


After graduating from Shaw, Vergil returned to North Moore High School, where he taught and coached for thirty-two years.  He taught Special Education for the first half of his career and Health and Physical Education for the second half. He coached the Mustang Girls JV and Varsity Basketball teams for a number of years, Girls JV Softball and Boys JV Baseball.  He was also a Varsity Football Assistant Coach, and Track and Field Head Coach, for many years. He had a true passion for coaching and mentoring students. He always pushed his teams to do their best and go the extra mile!


In October 2016, because of strong support and recommendations from the community, North Moore High School and the Moore County Board of Education officially named the North Moore football, track and field stadium in Vergil’s honor.  It is now named the Vergil Shamberger Athletic Stadium.


In 2007, Vergil retired from teaching and coaching at North Moore, but then became very involved in The Special Olympics.  He was a Special Olympics Basketball and Track and Field Coach up until the time of his illness. He cared very much for the athletes and the program, driving participants to and from events and staying overnight as a chaperone at state-level events.


Vergil was a very giving and considerate person and was highly involved in his local community.  He was known as a handy man and would happily support and help his neighbors with anything they needed.  He volunteered and worked for the Moore County Board of Elections for a number of years, and drove community members to the polls during elections.


Vergil was loved and admired by his community, family, students, athletes, friends, and co-workers.  They will all miss him dearly.  Family of which he leaves to cherish his memories are his wife, Joyce W. Shamberger of the home; two sons, Vergil JC Shamberger, of Bayonne, NJ, and Lawrence B. Shamberger of the home; one sister, Deborah Barrett (Willis) of Robbins, NC; three brothers, Thurman Shamberger (Ann, deceased) of Robbins, Gerald Shamberger (Mildred) of Oakwood Village, OH, and Michael Shamberger (Cynthia) of Fayetteville, NC; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives, and many dear friends.

Service Details


Graveside Service

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

1:00 PM

New Zion Cemetery

1209 Smyrna Church Road

Robbins, North Carolina

Attendees must wear a mask and practice social distancing


Walk-Through Viewing

Monday, February 22, 2021

5:00 – 6:00 PM

Simon Funeral Home Chapel

151 South Hardin Street

Southern Pines, North Carolina

Ten attendees at a time, and each person must wear a mask and practice social distancing

Tribute Wall

Barbara Davis

Joyce and the family, you all are in my thoughts and prayers. Vergil was such a kind, humble and soft spoken man. His laughter was unique. It was a joy always anytime that my husband and I would see you both. I?m praying for your strength in the Lord. He will give you just that to get through these difficult days ahead. The children and all of the family will miss his voice in the home, Church and community. My family will continue praying for yours. Barbara Davis Climax, NC

Crystal L. Fairley

I'm going to miss you coach you have always encouraged me to to strive for excellence on the field at track and field and you always turn me on rest in peace you always be in my heart coach

Rodney Stewart

Simply put, one of the best the good Lord put on this earth. Will be greatly missed!!

Dr. Clyde O. Harris

A friend closer than a brother best describes my relationship with Vergil over the past 50 years. His big redeeming smile brightens up the darkest day for anyone comes into contact with him and his love for children and his family makes him just a super human being. There are not enough adjectives to adequately a person who had a profound positive impact on student athletes and others Vergil has come in contact with over the years. Joyce, Little Vergil, Lawrence, as you grieve the loss of this wonderful human being, heaven has just gained a treasure, and remember I love all of you, and will always be there for you. Dr. Clyde O. Harris

Audrey Beddingfield

Joyce and family, I just received word about Virgil's death. I grieve for all of you. What a wonderful man he was. He was so caring and generous to everyone that he is surely in the presence of God. I will keep you in my daily prayers. Audrey

Dot Brower

Love, Prayers and Sympathy

Shelia Dunlap Myrick

Joyce and family, I am so sorry to hear about the passing of Virgil. We were classmates together at NM, Class of ?70. Please know that I will keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. May God bless you.

Betty Ingram Brown

Joyce and family my heart grieves for you and with you. I pray for God?s love and peace to surround you and bring you comfort. We the classmates of Davis Elementary and North Moore HS class of 70 salute Vergil. Rest In Peace.

Larry and Nina Upchurch

The world is a much better place because of the life of Vergil Shamberger. Such a kind and sweet spirit, always ready to share a smile and a laugh. May his life be an example for all of us. Sympathy and love to the family!

Charles D. Kearns

Great Father,Husband,n Friend.Best Coach North Moore High School has ever had. He will truly missed by all. Prayers for the Family ??

Paul Horner

To all of Vergil?s family, our heartfelt sympathy, thoughts and prayers are with you at this time of sorrow. I was in the High School graduating Class Of 1970 with Vergil. After graduation we didn?t see each other very much but Vergil was always friendly and nice just like he was in School when we did meet. His wife was always nice also. She taught my son in second grade. You all just continue to look to the Lord for comfort, help and strength during this difficult time. Always remember JESUS CARES FOR YOU!!! Paul and Linda Horner

James and Carolyn Britt

Joyce and family, so saddened to learn of Vergil's death. Many fond memories from our NMHS Class of 1970. Rest in peace, our dear friend.

H. Anthony Davis Sr.

Our thoughts, prayers, & condolences are with Joyce & Family during this time of celebrating Vergil's life & legacy

Barbra Partridge & Family

Joyce, May Hugs surround you; Prayers Comfort you, and the Peace of God enfold you. Condolences to the family.

Aaron L. Maness

Sorry to hear about your lost he was such a rude model the best coach ever. I will miss him. RIP my brother. Vl wish l could be there but l live in Birmingham.

Rev. Rose Highland-Sharpe & Family

Sincerest sympathies, abundant prayers for comfort and strength, and much love to the family, dear friends, church family, community colleagues, former students and former coworkers of Mr. Shamberger. We are thankful for his life, legacy, and love for the people of the community. "Take Your Rest Mr. Shamberger" God's peace and blessings to all, and uplifted prayers in Christ Jesus for strength now and in the days to come.

Miles Mccaskill

Prayers for Joyce and family, we all will carry that contagious smile and loving personality that we were blessed to be introduced through Coach, RIP!

Bengie M. Hair, Fayetteville

My Deepest Sympathy to Deborah Barrett and the Shamberger family.

Juliebird Peerson

My friend Vergil Shamberger was DEAR to my heart. He was a truly godly man, good and kind, and totally authentic in his love for his fellow man. I miss Vergil very mush. Just the thought that he is no longer with us on this earth hurts my heart, but I know that Christians never say GOODBYE... we will meet again; and I look forward to that day. My heart goes out to his wife, Sweet Lady Joyce... she is a blessing to all she encounters. God bless and keep you Joyce!! Thanx for being you... I Luvv Ya Muchly!

Tammy McL.Brewington

My deepest condolences to the Family. May God continue to strengthen each of you

Crystal L. Fairley

I am.miss you coach you encourage me to do my best on the field and for that I want thank you. You was very special to all us on the field and you will be truly missed by us Rip Coach Vergil from athlete student Crystal

Tina Walden Spruill

My deepest condolences to you Joyce and your sons. Vergil will be missed by everyone that knew and loved him. When I first met the two of you in 2008 and found we were related, you and Vergil welcomed me into your home. Vergil would joke about the many times Thomas and I would visit and we would get a good laugh from his jokes. My prayer is for God to fill you and the family with his Amazing Grace and bring peace to you. I love you and I am only a phone call away if you need me.

Todd Maness

?THE MAN? That sums it up for me. He taught me so much about life and coaching! I love you man see you in heaven can?t wait!! Prayers and love to you Joyce, Little Vergil and Lawrence.

Paula Garner Lineberry

Joyce and family , so sorry for your loss. Prayers for God's comfort during this time. Vergil was always a good guy , memories from going to NMHS with him and Joyce.

Joe and Linda Vaughn

Joyce and Family, We are so sorry to hear of the passing of Vergil. He touched the lives of many people and had such an influence on them. Vergil was a wonderful and caring person who had a beautiful smile. He was a good friend. We are praying that God will give you comfort and peace during this time.

Rhonda Brooks Bullock

Joyce and family, I was saddened to hear of Virgil?s passing. I fondly remember his wit and the ever present smile on his face. You all continue to be in my prayers.