Morgan County Commissioner Shufflebarger dies

June 19, 1997


Staff Writer

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - Morgan County Commissioner Thomas Edwin Shufflebarger Jr. died at his home on Wednesday after an extended illness. He was 78.

Shufflebarger had served as a county commissioner for the past 11 years and had been president for three years.

Friends and family described Shufflebarger as an intelligent man with a quick wit who quoted literature and cared deeply about Morgan County.

Shufflebarger traveled everywhere from Chile to Mozambique to Mexico in his job as head geologist for the Pennsylvania Glass Sand Corp. in Berkeley Springs before he retired.


"I like to think of him as the original Indiana Jones," said son Bill Shufflebarger of Carlisle, Pa. Shufflebarger said his father would wear a leather jacket and a brown hat and pack a Colt .45 in his knapsack "when he could get it through customs."

"He just really loved the outdoors and the more remote it got the better he liked it...Everywhere was an adventure with my dad."

"Even if you were talking about a sewer system he would be quoting Shakespeare and Bible verses," said John Douglas, the news editor of the Morgan Messenger.

Douglas said he remembers walking through the mountains with Shufflebarger looking for old coal mines and iron deposits and remembers Shufflebarger's love for the outdoors.

"I think basically he was a conservative Republican, but you could always count on him to take the side of the environment," he said.

County Commissioners President Phil Maggio said Shufflebarger brought a worldly perspective to the commissioners and always looked out for seniors citizens.

"The senior citizens of Morgan County have lost their leader," he said. "I miss him already."

"He is going to be impossible to replace," said state Del. Charles Trump, who grew up with Shufflebarger's sons.

"He was a gentleman and a scholar and an avid student of history," he said.

Community activist and friend Jeanne Mozier said she remembers numerous occasions when she called upon Shufflebarger's extensive knowledge of the geology of Berkeley Springs. Every conversation was a learning experience, she said.

County Clerk Ralph N. Shambaugh said Shufflebarger was "certainly a fellow who understood the people of Morgan County. He never tried to lead the people faster than they would follow."

Shufflebarger moved to Berkeley Springs in 1963 from Christiansburg, Va. He is survived by his wife Martha Jo Haynes Shufflebarger, three sons, four grandchildren, and nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 21, at St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 401 S. Washington St., Berkeley Springs.

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