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Richard Maxwell Shuffstall

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ETOWAH--Dr. Richard M. Shuffstall, 90, passed away peacefully in the company of his loving family on September 22, 2014, at the Elizabeth House in Flat Rock. He was born on July 24, 1924 in Erie, PA to the late Joseph A. and Alice Coleman Shuffstall. Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by his son Richard "Max" Shuffstall.
Richard attended Pennsylvania State University, Bucknell University and Hahnemann Medical College. He was Board Certified in Internal Medicine and was certified by the American Board of Pathology, which he practiced during his medical career.
Dr. Shuffstall was a veteran during WWII and Korea, serving in both the U.S. Navy and U.S. Army.
Richard held teaching appointments in the Department of Pathology at Hahnemann Medical College and Emory University School of Medicine. He was the author of three books of Pathology, one of which was called, "The Hospital Laboratory: Modern Concepts of Management, Operations and Finance." This book was used as a text book in courses for Medical Technology students. He also holds a U.S. Patent dealing with the Medical History Record Filing Systems.
Dr. Shuffstall moved from Pennsylvania to Columbus, Georgia in 1960, where he held the position of Director of Laboratories at the Medical Center, was Medical Director of Community Blood and Plasma, Inc., Medical Director of Dade Biologicals, Director of the School of Medical Technology, and was a Medical Examiner for the State of Georgia, Muscogee County. He became the Director of Laboratories with Charter Medical Corporation in Atlanta . He retired from Medicine in 1987 as Associate Director of Laboratories at Riverview Hospital in Wisconsin Rapids , WI . Upon his retirement, Richard chose to move to the Mountains of Western North Carolina, to be close to his wife's family.
Richard was the happiest when he was teaching his Medical Technology students the most important educational tool of "learning how to think."
He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Carol Horne Shuffstall of Etowah, his daughters Amy Nurnberg (Dick) of Columbus, Georgia, Emily Shuffstall, of Athens, Georgia, Carol's son Charlie Patrick (Jenta) of Etowah, Carol's daughter Laura Wooten (David) of East Ridge, TN, three grandsons, Bentley and Patrick Chappell (Oregon and New York), Jesse Cameron of East Ridge, TN and granddaughter Amber Stepp of Hendersonville
A private graveside service for the family was held on Thursday September 25, 2014 at Oakdale Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to any of our local animal shelters.
An online register book is available for family and friends by visiting www.thosshepherd.com. Thos. Shepherd & Son Funeral Directors is in charge of arrangements.
When I come to the end of the day
And the sun has set for me,
I want no rites in a gloom-filled room
Why cry for a soul set free?
Miss me a little, but not too long
And not with your head bowed low.
Remember the love we once shared,
Miss me but let me go.
For this is a journey we all must take
And each must go alone.
It's all a part of the maker's plan,
A step on the road to home.
When you are lonely and sick at heart,
Go to the friends we know,
And bury your sorrows in doing good deeds –
Miss me, but let me go.
Published in The Times-News on Sept. 28, 2014
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