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Obit – Mr. Mike Shumake

Mr. Mike Shumake age 64 of the Sullivans Bend Community was pronounced deceased at a fire at the family’s Preston Lane home at 12:10 p.m. Tuesday afternoon January 23, 2024.

Longtime family friend, Eld. Stephen Farley Brooks, officiated at the 5 p.m. Monday afternoon January 29th memorial services which will be held at the Carthage Chapel of Sanderson Funeral Home. A private burial service for the family will be in the Circle Park section at the Smith County Memorial Gardens. 

The youngest of three sons and a daughter of the late Sidney Stanton Shumake who died September 11, 1984 at the age of 80 as the result of a farming accident, and Ada Lucille Grisham Shumake who died April 20, 2008 at the age of 90, he was born Michael Lynn Shumake at the former Carthage General Hospital in South Carthage on January 21, 1960.

Mr. Shumake graduated from Smith County High School in the class of 1978 where he majored in agriculture was in the 4-H Club and the dairy judging team all four years  was representative to the 

F. F. A. State Convention his junior year, and was a member of V.I.C. A. his senior year. 

On December 12, 1981 he was united in marriage to Rome Community resident, the former Janet Marie Goolsby. The ceremony was performed by Eld. Stephen Farley Brooks at the Hogans Creek Missionary Baptist Church. 

At the age of 21 following graduation, he was one of twenty six members of the Tennessee Future Farmers of America to be nominated by the National F.F.A. Board of Directors to receive the American Farmer Degree at the National Convention in Kansas City, Missouri. As a recipient of the Tennessee Farmer Degree award, the Shumake family farmed three hundred and twelve acres in the Horseshoe Bend Community, 108 acres of which Mike still owned at the time of his death. 

In addition to the large farming operation, which included Mike and his wife operating a dairy milking operation, he had leased 103 acres from the Corps of Engineers on the Horseshoe Bend side of the Cordell Hull Dam and there he raised corn, hay and used it for pasture land.

While continuing his farming operation he was employed at the former Bentley-Harris Corporation from 1996 until the closing in 2002. He later began employment in 2003 with the William L. Bonnell Co. in Gordonsville where he had worked the night shift as a tow motor operator. 

After arriving home from work and while conversing with his wife, a fire of an unknown source broke out in the home.

His last act of love for his wife was to ensure that she made it to safety out the back door, but he, unfortunately, did not make it out where he perished in the fire.

Surviving in addition to his wife Janet of almost forty three years are their three children, BreAnna Shumake Exum and husband Jason of the Horseshoe Bend Community, Lyndria Shumake and fiancée Jordan Price of Lebanon, Rebecca Hood and husband Isaac also of Lebanon; one sister and two brothers.


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