George Loy Shuford III, 75, of Chattanooga, died peacefully at
his home Sunday morning,
August 28, 2016.
George was born on March 2, 1941, in Wadesboro, NC to the late
Rosa Elizabeth and George Loy Shuford, Jr. George attended
Central High School, where he excelled in both football and
baseball, and was later inducted into the Central Sports Hall of
Fame. He attended the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, on
a football scholarship and also played baseball for the Vols
where he was captain of the team his junior and senior years.
In 2011 George was named to the Vols all-century team in
baseball. For years, George held the Tennessee record for
longest field goal, which was kicked in 1963 against Alabama.
After graduating from college, George played professional
baseball for the Baltimore Orioles organization, where he led
his league in batting.
George returned home to begin a successful career for 35 years
with DuPont and Kenco Warehouses. He was a member of Bayside
Baptist Church. Because of George’s passion for sports, he
stayed involved playing on many fast pitch softball teams and
officiated high school football. For 22 years, he officiated
football in the Southeastern Conference as well. Recently,
George completed 50 years of service with the TSSAA high school
official’s association while inspiring many men to follow in his
footsteps, as an SEC official. George was also very active in
community service. He served on the Chattanooga City School
Board and also on the Hamilton County Commission. After his
service on the county commission, George was appointed as a
trustee of Erlanger Hospital where he served for many years.
George was preceded in death by his parents, Rosa Elizabeth Tice
Shuford and George Loy Shuford Junior.
He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Dorothy Parker Shuford;
children, George Randall (Allyson) Shuford and Gary Parker
(Lisa) Shuford; grandchildren, Christopher Thomas Shuford,
Andrew Parker Shuford, Callie Shuford Petty (Ross),and Adam
Tyler Shuford; siblings, Jerry Franklin (Janice) Shuford, David
Tice (Paula) Shuford, and Gary Michael Shuford; and
great-granddaughter, Sarah Beth Petty.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 2-8
p.m. on Wednesday, and 1-2 p.m. on Thursday.
Funeral services will be held at 2
p.m. on Thursday,
Sept. 1, at the North Chapel of Chattanooga
Burial will be in Hamilton Memorial Gardens.
The Southeast Tennessee Football Association will serve as
Memorial donations may be made to the George Shuford Memorial
Scholarship at Central High School, the Alzheimer’s Association
or the charity of your choice.
Arrangements are by the North Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral
Home, Crematory and Florist, 5401 Highway 153, Hixson.
Please share your thoughts and memories at www.chattanooganorthchapel.com.