William Bill Shoemaker

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William 'Bill' Shoemaker

WASHINGTON, N.C. - William Henry "Bill" Shoemaker, age 78, a resident of Harvey Road, went to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ Sunday, June 29, 2014, at Vidant Inpatient Hospice.

Bill was born in Rowan County on May 22, 1936, son of the late Henry and Annie Atwell Shoemaker. On April 9, 1955, he married Norma Ann Morgan Shoemaker, who preceded him in death on Dec. 23, 2012.

He retired as a chemist with National Spinning Co. Bill made Beaufort County his home for more than 40 years. He was a member of Smithton Baptist Church. Bill was founder of Double "S" Training Stable where he trained and showed many horses and was a well-respected Horse Show judge. He was an avid fisherman and rabbit hunter. Bill supported the athletic departments at Bath and Northside.

Bill is survived by his daughters, Devonia Ann Shoemaker Worthington and husband Ronald of Maury and Linda Carol Shoemaker and Wayne Sullivan Jr. of Bath; his granddaughter, Amanda Lauren Steele and Craig Penny of Hookerton; his brother, Clifford Shoemaker of Cleveland; his sister, Thelma Lambe of Lexington; and his granddog Annie Nell.

In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Howard, Kelly, Lester and Frank Shoemaker; and his sisters, Annie Nell Parks and Inez Shoemaker.

Arrangements: A celebration of his life will be held Wednesday, July 2 at 2 p.m. in the chapel of Hillside Funeral Service officiated by Dr. Burke Holland and Pastor Ed Drew. A private burial will be held on the Shoemaker Farm for family and close friends following the service. Jerol Selby, Lester Sullivan Sr., Craig Penny, Curtis Edward Wells, Ed Everett and Joe Jordan will serve as pallbearers. The family will receive friends Tuesday, July 1 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Hillside Funeral Service & Cremations, 4500 Hwy. 264 E., Washington, NC and other times at the home.

Memorials: Flowers are appreciated or the family suggests that memorials in Bill's memory be made to Humane Society of Beaufort County, P.O. Box 8, Washington, NC 27889; or First Baptist Church of Smithton, 2951 Seed Tick Neck Road, Pinetown, NC 27865.

You may share a memory with the family by visiting www.hillsidefuneralservice.com

Hillside Funeral Service & Cremations, 4500 Hwy. 264 E., Washington, NC has the honor of being entrusted with serving the Shoemaker family.
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Published in Salisbury Post on July 1, 2014
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