Richard Ells Shugert

April 10, 1946April 26, 2021

Reverend Richard Ells Shugert was born April 10, 1946. He passed away after a 4-year battle with cancer on April 26, 2021. He surprised all of us by surviving much longer than everyone projected. He firmly believed he did not lose his cancer battle, but rather it was something which brought him closer to his Beloved Jesus whom he now sees face to face.

He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Jo Ann, daughter Amy Wells (Scott) and son Nathan Shugert (Jennifer), 7 grandchildren Trisitea Shugert (Jordan), Elizabeth Shugert, Marilyn Nicholas-Tate, Myranda Murway (Andre), Ashton Murway (Chrystal) Chad Shugert (Candice), Katharine Cowan (Todd), and 6 ¾ Great Grandchildren.

He is also survived by 3 brothers Stephen Shugert (Wendy), John Shugert (Linda), and David Shugert (Ginny) and many cousins, nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by parents Warner and Jean Shugert and his brother Jim Shugert.

Rich was ordained in 1975 by Elijah Lovejoy Presbytery, Presbyterian Church, USA. His ordination was received into the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Red River Presbytery in 1995. He served churches in Hazard KY, Newberry TX, Terrell TX, Marshall MO, Lutz FL, Trilla IL, and Arlington TX. He served as a Hospice Chaplain for several years.

He also valued lessons learned while working in a variety of jobs as he delivered milk and express packages, installed office furniture, as well as being a salesman.


  • Throughout his ministry, Rich had a heart to love on and pray for pastors. Because of this, in lieu of flowers, please send gifts to the Legacy of Ministry Endowment of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church. Checks can be made out to Pastoral Development Ministry Team and marked in memory of Rich Shugert. You can mail checks to the Pastoral Development Ministry Team, 8207 Traditional Place, Cordova, TN 38016.


  • A Celebration of Life

    Friday, May 7, 2021


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Nancy Clark

May 4, 2021

Rich and JoAnn were our next door neighbors in Louisville for many years. It was such a joy living next to them as we were all busy raising up our children and attending Covenant Church. During this time I remember Rich was working as a milkman. He was faithful, no matter what he was doing, and always had a smile and a warm greeting for everyone.
He and JoAnn have shown such grace these last few years as they battled cancer together. I know that Rich is now healed and free from pain. Prayers of comfort to JoAnn, Amy, Nathan and all the family. Love to you.

Wendell & Kim Gray

April 30, 2021

We enjoyed MANY years serving along side of Rich & Jo Ann at the Worship Institute. Our days were always brightened by Rich's big smile! Love to the Shugart family! Praise God, Rich is HOME!❤

Vicki and Jerry Goodwin

April 30, 2021

We thought the world of Rich and loved you both the minute we met you. Heaven just brightened up another notch when Rich got there. We can just imagine his joy and that warm smile on his face sitting at Jesus’ knee and holding onto everything He says. We will miss him. Please know, JoAnn, that we pray for your peace and are here if you need us.

Dolores and Jack Jackson

April 28, 2021

Knowing Rich was a blessing to our family. We share your loss Jo Ann. But I know of many who waited for him with open arms when he arrived at his final destination. Love, Dolores and Jack

Nate Shugert

April 28, 2021

Dad was more than a handful. He was so full of life and love. He will be sorely missed.