Leila Shumate, age 81, of Cumming passed away Friday, March 14, 2014. She was a member of Freedom Tabernacle. She and her husband owned Shumate and Shumate Sanitation Company. Leila did a lot of volunteer work at Freedom Tabernacle with the Outreach Ministries.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Walter Shumate; parents, Tate and Gennie Strayhorn; brothers, Thomas, Myron, Gene, Herman, and Woodrow Strayhorn; sisters, Hazel Melton and Lucille Anderson.
The family would like to send appreciation to the staff of Halcyon Hospice.
She is survived by her children, Molly Melton of Cumming, James A. Melton (Barbara) of Ellijay, Gwen Hyde (Earnest) of Dawsonville, Jeff Shumate of Cumming, Tammy Saylors (Charles) of Cumming; step children, Lera Dorsey of Hoschton, Shirley James of Hoschton, Barbara Cagle (Tommy) of Cumming, Ricky Shumate (Elaine) of Cumming, Brenda Gooch of Cumming, Ronnie Shumate of Cumming; 33 grandchildren; 46 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; sister, Macie Charles of Cumming; brother, Shorty Strayhorn of Cumming; sisters-in-law, Emma Shumate of Cumming, Rachel Shumate of Marietta; special friends, Brenda and Dora Ann.
Funeral services were held Monday, March 17, at 1 p.m. at Ingram Funeral Home Chapel, with the Rev. Robbie Mathis, the Rev. Stanley Hicks, the Rev. Joe Watson and the Rev. Jerry Pruitt officiating. Interment followed at Sawnee View Memorial Gardens.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Concord Baptist Church Missions or to Freedom Tabernacle Missions.
Condolences may be made at www.ingramfuneralhome.com.
Ingram Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements.