Mr. Albert Lester Shuman, age 89, died Thursday, August 29th, at the Carl Vinson VA Medical Center in Dublin, Georgia, after an extended illness. Born April 1, 1924, in Statesboro, Ga., he helped his father at his grocery store from the time he was very young. He attended Statesboro High School, joined the National Guard at age 16, followed by the Royal Canadian Air Force, where he attended flight school, and finally, the U.S. Navy. Although he was at the top of the list to attend Air Cadet School, his dream of being a pilot was dashed by a failed vision test. He was transferred to the USS Franklin aircraft carrier and then the smaller USS Wake Island. As one of the "Greatest Generation", he proudly served his country during World War II while traveling the world.
He married in 1945, attended Georgia's Teacher's College and was a business owner in downtown Statesboro for many years before becoming affiliated with the Georgia Department of Corrections. He furthered his education by attaining his master's degree at Georgia Southern University before retiring. He was a devoted husband and loving father.
Mr. Shuman was married to the former Betty Jean Marsh of Portal, Georgia, until her death in 2010. He was also preceded in death by his first son, Dr. Ricky S. Shuman; two brothers and a sister.
He is survived by his older brother, LJ Shuman Jr. of South Carolina; a son, Dr. Monty Shuman (Jenny) of Dublin, Georgia; daughter-in-law, Dr. Brenda Shuman Riley (widow of Dr. Rick Shuman) of Macon, Georgia; daughter, Pam Deloach of Valdese, N.C.; daughter, Debbie Shuman, also of Valdese, N.C.; grandchildren, Jeff Shuman, Rod Shuman, Brooka Hutcheson (Chad), Blair Inabinet (Bill), Holly Johnson (Darrell), Neil Lukowski (Heather) and Keith Lukowski; 14 great-grandchildren and many extended family members.
Visitation will be held Sunday from 2-3 p.m. at Hodges-Moore Funeral Home.
A funeral service and burial will follow on Sunday at 3 p.m. in Bulloch Memorial Gardens with his grandson, Neil Lukowski, officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to The Promise of Hope, P.O. Box 321, Dudley, GA 31022.
Hodges-Moore Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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Statesboro Herald, August 31, 2013
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