OBITUARY

Richard "Coach" Shrewsbury Sr.

October 1, 1928March 31, 2018
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Coach Richard “Dick” Shrewsbury, 89, of LaGrange, GA passed away Saturday, March 31, 2018 at his home.

Mr. Shrewsbury was born October 1, 1928 in Caneyville, KY, to the late Ralph Damien Shrewsbury and Grace Snyder. “Coach”, as everyone affectionately referred him, taught Physical Education and coached Basketball. He won three state championships and was runner up twice during his career at LaGrange High School. He retired from Troup County School System.

He was preceded in death by his lovely wife of 41 years, Mary Shrewsbury. He is survived by his sons, Richard (Lori) Shrewsbury Jr. of Lilburn; Ronald (Jennifer) Shrewsbury of Bardstown, KY and Michael Shrewsbury of Loganville; grandchildren, Richard Shrewsbury III, Joshua Shrewsbury, Alyssa Shrewsbury, John Shrewsbury, Luke Shrewsbury and Haley Shrewsbury.

Funeral services will be held 11:00 A.M. Thursday, April 5, 2018 at First Presbyterian Church of LaGrange with Rev. Dr. Harry Barrow officiating. The gathering of family and friends will be on Wednesday, April 4, from 5:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. at Striffler-Hamby Mortuary.

  • FAMILY

  • Richard P Shrewsbury Jr, Son
  • Ronald G Shrewsbury, Son
  • Michael W Shrewsbury, Son
  • Richard P Shrewsbury III, Grandson
  • Joshua Shrewsbury, Grandson
  • John Shrewsbury, Grandson
  • Luke Shrewsbury, Grandson
  • Alyssa Shrewsbury, Granddaughter
  • Mary Shrewsbury, Granddaughter

Services

  • Gathering of Family and Friends Wednesday, April 4, 2018
  • Funeral Service Thursday, April 5, 2018
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Richard "Coach" Shrewsbury Sr.

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Tim Shealy

June 26, 2018

I moved to Lagrange, GA, during the summer before the start of 10th grade, which was in 1987. I played for 3 basketball seasons under Coach Shrewsbury and Coach Wheless before graduating in 1990. I also ran cross-country during my senior season under Coach Shrewsbury, and lettered in both sports. I am very thankful and grateful to Coach that he gave me the opportunity to make and play on the team, especially considering I had never played organized basketball before. Moving to LaGrange at age 15 was during a difficult time of my life. Learning about basketball and playing basketball became my refuge in many ways. During the next 3 seasons, I became obsessed with learning to work hard, setting goals, and learning to be focused. During my senior season, I was fortunate enough with the blessing of Coach Shrewsbury and Coach Wheless to start and be captain for about 75% of the season. In my mind, this was a huge accomplishment with me being a 6'2" white point guard/shooting guard. As you may know, LaGrange High School produces some unbelievable athletes. Coach Shrewsbury awarded me with the most improved player at the end of my senior season for which I still fondly remember to this day. Even though my basketball playing days ended in 1990, the work ethic, focus, and goal setting skills that I developed as a played under Coach Shrewsbury have benefited me throughout my entire life. These life skills that I learned help to propel me into owning several successful businesses today and having a very comfortable lifestyle. In many ways, I think the education that I learned as a player under Coach Shrewsbury were far more valuable than any formal education that I received in high school or college. Coach, thank you for everything. I will see you again someday.

Lois Myers

April 8, 2018

Coach was a dear friend and mentor to me and all the coaches at LHS. He was a great man with a very kind and loving soul. RIP, Coach.

Buddy Shrewsbury

April 6, 2018

Uncle Richard was my dad’s brother and my mentor, advisor and close friend. We talked at least once a week if not every other day. We shared a lot about our professions, our family, our good times and our bad times. No one has had more influence in my life than him. He was a GREAT man. It will never be the same for me. RIP COACH

Susan Whitley

April 4, 2018

Coach... A legend that will live on!!

Tom Sims

April 4, 2018

It's been a long time since I was a student at LaGrange High School in the 1960s, but I still have very good memories of Coach Shrewsbury. He was always a calm and steadying force for all of us who were around him. I remember working with him one summer at City Pool and how good he was at keeping the peace between a group of misbehaving lifeguards and the big boss, Coach Hunnicutt. It was a good summer and being around Coach Shrewsbury for so much of the time was fun and rewarding. He was very good at sharing life lessons with all of us and telling us to just keep at it - things will work out eventually. I'm very glad that he came to our 50th reunion several years ago, and felt truly honored that he remembered me; but then remembered all of us who were there. Coach Dick Shrewsbury was a fine man and a valued mentor of so many of us who passed through LaGrange High.
Please accept my deepest sympathy at his passing.
Tom Sims, LHS 1964

Kay Thompson

April 3, 2018

A 1981 graduate of LaGrange High School - I remember the strong leadership and influence Coach shared with all who knew him. My fondest memories are of his relationships with my Dad (Wayne Copeland) and their Coffee Club. Coach always had kind words about everyone. I always enjoyed his coming to watch Granger Basketball as of late! We would reserve him a special seat on the floor and listen fondly to his stories. I rejoice in knowing he is reunited with his sweet wife and is celebrating in Heaven and all of its Glory! Many prayers to his sons. Coach was a great man!

Sandi Hammett Pound

April 2, 2018

I was a student at La Grange High School from 1962 - 1966. Coach Shrewsbury was by far my favorite sports coach, plus he was such a kind, polite, friendly gentleman. If somebody didn't like "Coach", then something with wrong with them! I'll forever remember how genuinely nice he was to every student and teacher, and have never heard even one negative comment about this great man. My sincere condolences to the family, and may he rest in peace. He was such a bright light during my high school years and will never be forgotten.

Dianne Askew

April 2, 2018

Coach Shrewsbury was always one of my favorite people! I was his aide in high school and still remember how wonderful and kind he was. He will definitely be missed. Donald and I are praying for the entire family.

Tony Pippin

April 2, 2018

Coach was a great soul that loved everyone and made a difference in so many lifes.
He will be missed but never forgotten. RIP my good friend and blessings to the family!

Victor McBride

April 2, 2018

Coach Shrewsbury was a man whose strength was his character, and the example he set was the respect he showed others; all others. Men like that are seldom seen, but always honored and respected. Coach Shrewsbury will be honored as a real man by all who knew him. That, I am sure of.

Biography

Coach Richard “Dick” Shrewsbury, 89, of LaGrange, GA passed away Saturday, March 31, 2018 at his home.

Mr. Shrewsbury was born October 1, 1928 in Caneyville, KY, to the late Ralph Damien Shrewsbury and Grace Snyder. “Coach”, as everyone affectionately referred him, taught Physical Education and coached Basketball. He won three state championships and was runner up twice during his career at LaGrange High School. He retired from Troup County School System.

He was preceded in death by his lovely wife of 41 years, Mary Shrewsbury. He is survived by his sons, Richard (Lori) Shrewsbury Jr. of Lilburn; Ronald (Jennifer) Shrewsbury of Bardstown, KY and Michael Shrewsbury of Loganville; grandchildren, Richard Shrewsbury III, Joshua Shrewsbury, Alyssa Shrewsbury, John Shrewsbury, Luke Shrewsbury and Haley Shrewsbury.

Funeral services will be held 11:00 A.M. Thursday, April 5, 2018 at First Presbyterian Church of LaGrange with Rev. Dr. Harry Barrow officiating. The gathering of family and friends will be on Wednesday, April 4, from 5:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. at Striffler-Hamby Mortuary.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to First Presbyterian Church of LaGrange in his memory. Those wishing to share a condolence or remembrance with the family may do so by visiting www.shlagrange.com.

Arrangements are by Striffler-Hamby Mortuary, 1010 Mooty Bridge Road, LaGrange, GA 30240 (706) 884-8636