In Loving Memory

Dr. Phillip Shouppe

December 3, 1954 - June 20, 2019

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Dr. Phillip Shouppe passed away on June 20, 2019. Stories were told and tears were shed by his family who stayed by his bedside until the end.

Dr. Shouppe was born on December 3, 1954, in Mobile, Alabama to Jeff and Betty Shouppe. He grew up in Columbus, Georgia, from where he left for Atlanta to start a career in the airline industry. Shortly after arriving in Atlanta, two events happened that would forever shape his life. First, he met Sally Woodward, who would become his wife and constant companion through 39 years of marriage. Second, he was laid off by Eastern and decided he could help people more by becoming a chiropractor. After the Lord and his family, there was nothing he loved more than caring for his patients. After chiropractic school at Life in Atlanta, the newly christened Dr. Shouppe and Sally, with little more than two nickels to rub together, moved to Mobile to start a practice and continue building a family. His son, Clint, had been born in 1984. A daughter, Emily, followed two years later. Together, he and Sally built a life and a practice that would positively impact generations of people on both sides of Mobile Bay.

Dr. Shouppe’s death was sudden and unexpected, the result of a heart attack followed by sudden cardiac arrest. During the week spent in the hospital, one of his patients reached out with a note mentioning Luke chapter 6, verse 44, “Every tree is recognized by its fruit.” As the patient shared, Dr. Shouppe’s fruit is undeniable. His relationship with his kids and grandkids is his fruit. His marriage to Sally is his fruit. His involvement in the community is his fruit. The care he gave his patients is his fruit. His family will continue to be heartbroken, but we take solace in the impact he had on this earth during the time he was given.

Dr. Shouppe is preceded in death by his dad, Jeff; his mother, Betty; and his, sister, Treva. He is survived by his wife, Sally; his children, Clint (Brigitta) and Emily (Ryan); his grandchildren, Thomas and Henrik; and his siblings, Gary and Susan.

Dr. Shouppe’s funeral will be on Tuesday, June 25, 2019 at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 8271 Whispering Pines, Daphne, Alabama. There will be a visitation prior to the service beginning at 2:00 PM followed by a memorial service at 3:00 PM.

Through Sally, he had become very involved in the University of Mobile’s athletic programs. As he liked to say, he was their “athletic supporter”. He went to games, he treated student athletes, and he got to know the people involved at the school. He and Sally wanted to help the student athletes how they could and decided to set up a scholarship fund to do just that. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Dr. and Mrs. Phillip L. Shouppe Scholarship Fund at the University of Mobile at 5735 College Parkway, Mobile, AL 36613.

Arrangements are being coordinated by Hughes Funeral Home in Daphne. Expressions of condolence for the family may be offered on www.hughesfh.com.

49 Comments

  1. Bartow Regional Medical Center

    We at Bartow Regional Medical Center would like to express our heartfelt condolences to the Shouppe family. Our prayers and thoughts are with you.

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    • Bob and Sharon "Sam" McBride

      RIP Dr. Shouppe, although we are so heartbroken at your loss our memories of the kindness you showed to everyone who’s life you touched will never be forgotten. You will be missed.

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      • Mellanie Johnson

        I was honored and blessed to be one of Dr. Shouppe’s patients. He was a kind and caring professional. I’ve never met Sally, the kids or grandkids, but I knew them through the vacation photos and wonderful stories that he would tell. Thank you for sharing him with us. He will be doing breathing exercises and waiting for you at the “Pearly Gates!”

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    • Kent & Mikel Griggs

      Dr. Shouppe was not only a great doctor but we considered him a dear friend. His sweet disposition and caring demeanor will be sorely missed. This world could use more like him. Love and comfort to his family in this sorrowful time.

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  2. Pat Counselman

    Sally,
    You and the family are in our thoughts and prayers. There was no doubt how much Phillip loved you, the kids and grandchildren.
    Thank you for the years we have shared in Bible Study together.
    May God hold you close and give you supernatural strength for the next chapter of your life.
    Ed and I love you and we are here for you at any time.
    Pat

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    • Heather Blasingame

      Dr. Shouppe was a great man, a very caring doctor, and he will be missed by many in our community. I’m grateful for not only the physical healing he brought to my life, but the constant encouragement. I am prayingfor your family during this difficult time.

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      • Corey Gibbs

        The girls and I will miss Dr Shouppe terribly. He watched them grow up and took care of me (and my back) when I was pregnant with my now 8 year old. I am so saddened. He loved his family and I loved hearing about their adventures and seeing all the travel pictures of he and his family. Also, he’s a fellow Columbus native. I am so sorry to hear of his passing. He was a treasure here on earth. Prayers for his family.

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  3. Cindy Melton

    I am so saddened by the sudden death of Dr. Shouppe. He always had a radiant smile and a sense of humor. He was so professional, yet took the time to ask about you and your family. His kindness was a major part of why so many patients were drawn to him. His walk with the Lord was indicated by his compassion for humanity and his gentle spirit. I pray that I can take those teachings and carry the torch on for you and our Lord. Thank you for all the wonderful things you did for your patients. You gave us hope that we could improve mentally, physically and spiritually. Until we meet again on the other side, I will try to carry out what you have taught us. Your patient and friend in Christ, Cindy Melton

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  4. Sandy Ethridge Neal

    Sally, I was so saddened when I heard the news! Phillip was a great Sunday School teacher at SHBC, friend and Chiropractor. I will be praying for you and your family. I’m in Tampa now and unable to come Tuesday…but I will be thinking of you all.

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  5. Lola Beech Griffith

    Dr Shouppe was just one of the best people I’ve had the pleasure of knowing. His geniune care extended far beyond chiropractic needs. He always had a fun quip or some kind wisdom to share. And I’m not sure I ever saw him without a smile on his face!

    He was so proud of his family and the many adventures shared. I always enjoyed seeing the newest pictures, especially of the sweet grandbabies.

    His sunny disposition and positive outlook have forever made a mark on me and I will truly miss him.

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  6. A Patient

    You will surly be missed Dr Shouppe.
    I know your whistling around Heaven .
    Prayers for the family that he
    Loved so much ♥️

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    • Cathie Marx

      Dr. Shouppe was our doctor for decades, but he always seemed like an old friend.
      He was a true family man and a wonderful person.
      He will be missed.
      Our sympathy goes out to the Shouppe Family during this difficult time.
      Sincerely
      Cathie and David Marx

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  7. Pam

    Our paths crossed at the YMCA. He’d open the door and greet us as we went for a run. Always smiling and looking like he was ready for mission.
    His presence is missed but his legacy is strong.
    May God keep you and comfort you

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  8. Gurupreet K. Khalsa

    What a good and gracious man. He was warm, generous, and compassionate. We will miss him.

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  9. Cindy Youngblood

    Dr. Phil had an amazing ability to put others first. He had a keen sense of humor usually delivered with just the right amount of twinkle in his eyes to let you know he was joking. Dr. Shouppe was an asset to the Chiropractic industry and will be sadly missed and very fondly remembered by all who knew him.

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  10. Sheree Elliott

    Prayers for you and your family, Sally. I know he will be greatly missed!

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  11. Rhonda Scelsi

    I met Dr. Shouppe over 20 years ago. I had never been to a chiropractor before and I was a little more than anxious. He was very understanding and in all of these years has been a dear friend of our whole family and extended family! I’m comforted by the fact that he is in Heaven, without a doubt. I’ve witnessed his faith in many ways. So, Dr. Shouppe, I will see you again! And I promise to faithfully do my stretches and never hold the telephone on my shoulder!! Our whole family sends their love to the Shouppes.

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  12. Debi Tabor

    Glen and I are so very sorry. Phillip was a wonderful, kind, caring, smiling man. His smile reflected his love of his Savior Jesus Christ. You are in our prayers.

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    • Laura Fant

      Dr. Shouppe was a very caring man! He ALWAYS had a smile on his face & would listen to my stories of how I had injured myself this time; roller coaster rides, too much fun, too much work. We always had a laugh together.
      I will surely miss him dearly and prayers to all his family!
      I will be looking for your smile one day in heaven.

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  13. Rick & Pam Hite

    What a beautiful testament of Phillip’s life. He loved the Lord and his family so very much. He will be missed by so many. All of you are in our thoughts and prayers.

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  14. Bill McCracken

    I always enjoyed visiting Phillip, even when…no, ESPECIALLY when I was in pain and needed adjustment. During a few long periods when I was pain-free, I thought of him often and missed his great smile and warm welcome. He was,,, and is… a beloved brother in Christ. I don’t know Mrs. Shouppe or their children and grandchildren, but I know without a doubt that they will truly miss this wonderful man. My prayers are lifted up for all of them that they will know the peace, joy and comfort God gives to those who know their loved one is now with Him…forever.

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  15. Ron Melton

    Sally, you have been a great friend and colleague. I was saddened to hear the news. I pray that God will surround you with His love, comfort and peace.

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  16. Bob & Liz Drews

    Sally, Clint, and Emily, Liz and I are shocked in hearing about Phillip’s passing. He always walked the walk in his Christian faith and joyfully shared it with both of us. He taught me to relax every time I was with him just by breathing his way. We feel that we know all of you just through the pictures he has in his offices. Phillip gave us the camping and adventure bug through all of those pictures and the way he talked about each of you and the grandsons…his joy. Our prayers are with you and we take comfort in knowing he is with our Lord. We will meet again.

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    • A patient

      He was an amazing witness to Christ on an everyday basis. I’ve been a patient for 25 years and he always made me feel like family. May peace come upon his family. He will be missed by many.

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    • Krista

      How incredibly sad. Dr. Shouppe was one of a kind. Rare to find such genuineness. I’m grateful to have worked for him. Prayers for the family. Rest in peace Dr. Shouppe.

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  17. Penney Smith

    Sally,
    I am so sad to learn of the loss of your husband. May God provide comfort to you and your family.
    Blessings,
    Penney Smith

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    • Cynthia Turner

      Sally,
      So sad to learn of Phill’s passing. I will be keeping you and family in my thoughts and prayers.

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  18. Lynx and Glen

    We are so saddened by the loss of Phillip. We know he was a wonderful person and indeed has amazing “fruit” to share with the world- Sally, Clint, Emily…
    Much love to all of you!
    Lynx and Glen McClellan

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  19. Phyllis and Charles Campbell

    Sally, Clint, and Emily….Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. We are so sorry to hear of Phillip’s passing. We have so many fond memories of our days together at RHS. May God’s peace and comfort surround you.

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  20. Mary Short

    Our entire family benefited from Dr. Shouppe’s chiropractic expertise. He kept us all “up and running”! However, what was most profound was Dr. Shouppe as a man who loved God and loved his family. I know you will miss him terribly. I pray you will find comfort and peace in your memories and your trust in God.

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  21. Marty Gibson

    Dr Shouppe was one of the kindest people I ever met. He made an impact on all who met him. He was so much more than a doctor to his patients. He loved his family and enjoyed telling stories of their adventures. He will truly be missed.

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  22. Judy Davis

    Sally,

    Learning of Phillip’s death was such a shock, and I am so saddened. My heart aches for you, Clint, and Emily, and you all are have been and will continue to be in my thoughts and prayers. Phillip touched so many lives in such a positive way. He certainly impacted my family’s life with his skill as a chiropractor, his expertise and knowledge of the body, his conservative approach, his kindness and genuine caring. He was often my first call (before the doctor) when there was a medical issue as I valued his judgment immensely. I don’t have to tell you…..he was just a good man and friend. Losing a loved one is beyond difficult. I have often thought so much about something someone said to me once, “the joy of the gift….the grief of the loss.” May the joy of the gift of his life with you and your family lessen the grief you are now feeling.

    Judy

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  23. Todd Gunter

    To the family, so sorry for your loss, Dr.Shouppe was always a pleasure to visit, and a great doctor, he will be sadly missed

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  24. Jessica Kon

    My thoughts and prayers are with you, Clint, and your family in this time of need. May you and your family find strength and peace in the coming days ahead. Hugs from afar.

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  25. John McAndrew MD

    Phillip and I shared many patients together and had a lasting friendship over three decades. His care,compassion,and upbeat approach with his patients allowed him to befriend literally thousands of wonderful and grateful patients. I am one of those grateful people proud to have known and loved him as a brother and dear friend.
    I shall miss you dearly , and hope to see you again on the other side.

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  26. Jim LeHeup

    I had a similar Strong Christian father that shaped the my life and all those around him, I didn’t know Dr.Shouppe, but I already wish that I had.
    Be comforted in the knowledge that he will live on in all of his family and friends, I see my father every day in my Granddaughter’s eyes.
    I have always respected and admired Clint, and now I can see why he turned out so well, what a joy to have a loving father.
    Clint, you and your family will be in my prayers daily, it is a difficult road you are on but we must all go down it.
    One great day we will all be together in Glory and there will be no more tears, he will wipe them all away.

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  27. Diane Duncan

    Prayers for you and your family. With deepest sympathy

    Diane Duncan (Dave’s sister)

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  28. Carol L Willcox

    Sally, Emily and Clint,

    I have worked with Dr. Shouppe for the past 4 months. I know that I do not know him near as well as others giving condolences but I want you to know how I can never thank him enough for taking me under his wing. I feel like he and the ladies in the office taught me so much about his practice.

    As you know, his office is filled with pictures of family. Before meeting you I am sure I will know exactly who each of you are. The love he had for each of you was tremendous and so very genuine. You were so lucky to have him for a husband and father.

    We ladies in the office each have warm thoughts of him and will miss him. His patients are awesome and I think they have already started showing how they cared for him. We are all better people for knowing Dr. Shouppe.

    If there is anything I can do to help you through these trying times, please feel free to let me know.

    Sincerely,

    Carol Willcox

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  29. Dora Wilcox

    I am truly sorrow for the lost of Dr Shouppe . He was a awesome person and Doctor.
    I was patient of his for many years.
    RIP

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  30. Richard Sharpe

    To the family,
    I was a patient of Dr. Shouppe in the late 1980’s. I loved hearing him share his testimony about the faithfulness of God in his journey from Atlanta back to Mobile. He was an incredibly compassionate & caring doctor. So thankful for his words of encouragement during times of pain in my life.
    Praying Psalm 112:1-5 over the Shouppe family.
    God Bless,
    Richard Sharpe

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  31. Ursell Raine

    Dr. Shouppe was one of the nicest people I have ever met and I will miss him so much. I have been a patient for over 20 years. He always cared about you and your family and always asked about the family. “Don’t forget to stretch” his favorite words to me and now I am on my way to Stretch. God Bless you and your family Mrs. Shouppe. However, he is stretching in heaven now with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

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  32. Angi Y. Idel

    Gary, l am so sorry for the sudden loss of your brother. After reading about his life, it is obvious that he was greatly admired and loved. Today we rejoice knowing that he is in the Presence of the Lord and is certainly enjoying the rewards of a life well lived. May God grant you peace and comfort during this time. We grieve deeply because we loved deeply. Prayers for you all.

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  33. Kristine King

    Dr Shouppe will be greatly missed by all of his patients! Over a 24 year span, he adjusted me countless times when I had backaches and migraines, and he always made me feel better. He was personal, kind and a friend to me and many other people.

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  34. Phyllis Scott

    My husband and I started going to him about 22 years ago my Husband Burrell is a Painter here in Mobile and Dr. Shouppe worked diligently to keep Burrell on Ladders and Working , The two would often have prayer together at his early morning visits . Dr Shouppe would say to me always are you being nice to Burrell he is a hard worker you know kidding in his usual way and I would say trying to Dr. Shouppe bit it’s hard sometimes!!! My most fondest memory of Dr. Shouppe was when our only Son BJ went to Iraq when the War fist broke out Dr. Shouppe got on his knees and prayed with me for our Son tears flow as I share this!!!! I so hope this will bless you Mrs Sally and your Children you all are so in my prayers we were there today but didn’t get to meet you however I feel as though we know you from all the family Photos at Dr Shouppe’s Office … God bless you all …..

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  35. Jeff Smith

    Doctor Shouppe was a mental therapist, friend, teller of jokes and somewhere in there was a chiropractor’s chiropractor! If he couldn’t help you, he made sure you got the help from the right source. He was one of a kind and I doubt I will ever find someone that comes close to filling his shoes.

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  36. Nicole Smith

    I first met Dr. Shouppe about 9 months ago, I was in my 3rd trimester with my daughter and experiencing horrible lower back pain. Within the first visit to his office I felt at home, he always reminded me of my grandfather too. He was the kindest doctor I have ever met and I will forever be grateful for the short period of time that I knew him. When I was pregnant he would always ask me at my appointments, “Are you still growing that cantaloupe?”. One thing I will never forget is the day I went into labor I actually had an appointment that afternoon (I of course missed it due to labor) but he personally called me the next day to make sure the baby and I were ok because I had never missed an appointment. I have NEVER had a doctor do that for me and it just goes to show how much he cared for his patients. He will be greatly missed by many.
    Sending thoughts and prayers to his family during this hard time.

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  37. John L DeWitt

    I, sadly, shall miss Dr. Shouppe. As my caregiver over these past years, he inspired me with hope and confidence. I shall miss the reassuring appointments that gave me the confidence that I could keep on going. May I offer my condolences to his wife, Sally, and the rest of his family. I hope that they surmount the trauma of this loss, and be able to enjoy memories of the shared experiences which I saw pictured on the walls of the examination rooms in his clinic. May you find comfort and pleasure in recalling and reflecting upon the unique and remarkable life that you shared together.

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  38. Leslie Rey

    To Dr. Shouppe’s family and office staff I offer my condolences to you all. He was always positive and caring toward his patients and it was obvious he genuinely cared for all of us. You knew he loved his family and spread God’s love in all that he did. He will be greatly missed but know that he made a difference in many lives. Sending prayers of peace and comfort.

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  39. Gerldine Clark

    I will certainly miss Dr. Souppe. He was my doctor for over 23 years. When I commented on the photos of his family posted on the walls, he would always take whatever time necessary to explain. He loved his family….and this was evident when he talked about you all. He certainly made a difference in my life. May God bless you all!

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