William Hugh Shuford

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WILLIAM HUGH SHUFORD
February 14, 1932 ˜ January 31,2019

On January 31, 2019 after a short illness, William Hugh Shuford was taken by his Heavenly Father into eternal rest. He leaves behind his family and many friends who love him and have enjoyed his company throughout the years. Hugh was born February 14, 1932 in Deport, TX to Vernon and Bonnie Shuford, an only child. He spent his early years in Deport and on his grandparents’ East Texas farm. The family moved to Port Neches, TX where Vernon worked in the chemical plants. Hugh attended Port Neches-Groves High School where he was on the football team and graduated in 1949.
Following high school, Hugh attended Lamar Junior College in Beaumont, TX. While attending Lamar, he and a number of his friends joined the Texas Air National Guard, thinking it would be a fun change of pace. Imagine his surprise when his unit was activated for the Korean War and Hugh was shipped to Spokane, WA. After several months in Spokane, he was transferred to the Portland Air Force Base in Portland, OR. While serving there, Hugh was introduced to Jean Vincent. He courted her and they were married in March 1953. Hugh separated from the Air Force in July 1953. Hugh and Jean had two sons, David and Mark.
Hugh attended East Texas Baptist College in Marshall where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in 1956. In June 1956, the family returned to Vancouver, WA and he began a long career in education.
Hugh began teaching in 1956 at Shumway Junior High School. After a number of years as a teacher, he became the Dean of Boys at Shumway, then moving to Lewis Junior High.
Hugh obtained his Master’s Degree in Education from the University of Oregon. He became the Dean of Boys at Hudson’s Bay High School just as David started there. He considered that very convenient for keeping an eye on David. Following Hudson’s Bay, Hugh was the principal at Shumway and Lewis. He moved to the Evergreen School District in 1980 as principal at Covington Junior High.
Hugh was very interested in improving education and was an active member of the Washington State Association of Secondary School Principals, serving one term as the president of the association. He retired in 1992.
Hugh and Jean were long time members of Vancouver’s Calvary Baptist Church. He was a deacon, sang in the choir and was active on church committees. He was also a licensed minister. They made many lifelong friends at Calvary, and treasured time spent with them.
Hugh and Jean were bitten by the cruise bug and following his retirement, could be found on ships bound for Alaska, the Panama Canal, Hawaii, the Baltic Sea and many other locations. He became quite the amateur chef and was known for his tasty dinners and special homemade soups. Hugh was committed to staying in touch with his friends locally and Monday morning coffee gatherings were a regular feature. In addition, Hugh nurtured contacts with an extended network of cousins in Texas and other states.
Hugh is survived by Jean, his wife of 65 years; his two sons, David (Debby) of Richland, WA and Mark (Marcia) of Portland, OR; two grandchildren, Kristina McCormick (Jason) and Robert Shuford (Andrea); and three great-grandsons, Nathan, Teddy and Charlie, who were very dear to him.
We will miss his quiet, kind voice, his wisdom, his dry wit and his engaging stories that always had great punchlines. Hugh was dedicated to his family, caring for his elderly mother, being a loving husband and supporting his children and grandchildren in their life journeys.
Hugh’s memorial service will be held at Crosspointe Baptist Church in Vancouver at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 16, 2019.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation or a .
Please sign his guest book at www.columbian.com/obits

Published in The Columbian on Feb. 10, 2019
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