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Shrum was born October 17, 1929, in Charlotte, NC, the son of the late Gustus and Choyce Shrum. He is preceded in death by his brothers, Claude Shrum and Lloyd Shrum, and a sister, Margaret Helms.
Shrum was the founder, owner and chairman of Fastener Supply Co., which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. Active in his industry on both a local and national level, Shrum served on the board of directors of the National Fastener Distributors Association (NFDA). Shrum was a member of the Joppa Masonic Lodge, the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, the Oasis Shriners of North America and the Royal Order of Jesters Court No. 109, where he served as a past director.