Hugh Robert "Bob" Shuttleworth, 88, ended his earthly journey Sunday, December 17, 2017, early in the morning at Decatur-Morgan Hospital, Decatur General campus. After a hard-fought 3-year battle with infections, he succumbed to multiple infections including pneumonia.
Visitation will be 10 a.m.-noon Friday, December 22, at Shelton Funeral Home, followed by the funeral service, with the Rev. Jess Montegudo officiating.
His journey began in Perry County, Ohio. He shared his early life with his parents, Hugh Campbell Shuttleworth and May Dennis Shuttleworth. He also had two brothers, Clyde and George. He was also blessed with three sisters, Irene, Ruth, and Margie. Another sister died at birth.
After his father's death, Clyde moved the family to Columbus, Ohio. Bob attended North High School. He graduated from Muskingum College, where he played basketball. He entered the army for two years, playing basketball and fast-pitch softball. He met the love of his life, Marie Dowdy, at Ft. Jackson in Columbia, South Carolina. After leaving the army, he returned to Ohio, coaching and being a principal at several high schools before moving to the college level in Jackson, Tennessee, at Lambuth College as an assistant basketball coach and coaching several other sports.
In 1966, he moved his family to Decatur, Alabama, where he helped built the new junior college athletic system in Alabama. He coached several nationally ranked teams at Calhoun Community College. In 2004, he was selected for the Morgan County and Alabama Junior College Hall of Fame, where many of his former players returned to pay homage to a man who coached them in basketball but prepared them for life.
He was preceded in death by his parents, siblings and wife. He is survived by his daughter, Bobby F. Shuttleworth; son, Mathew A. Shuttleworth and wife Debbie Kelly Shuttleworth; granddaughters, Tiffany and husband Robin Dial of Hattiesburg, Mississippi, Sarah Shuttleworth and Windsor Roddam; and great-grandson Camden McCrary of Hattiesburg, Mississippi.
Pallbearers will be former basketball players. Honorary pallbearers will be current and former members of the Calhoun Community College H.P.E.R. and Athletic Departments.
In lieu of flowers, financial contributions can be made to reinstatement of the Calhoun Community College Athletic Department, C/O the J.C. Calhoun Foundation, P.O. Box 2216, Decatur, Al. 35609. His request is to make these donations in memory of his late wife, Marie Shuttleworth.
Published on December 18, 2017