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Gross Funeral Home

120 Wrights ST, Hot Springs, AR

OBITUARY

John Scott Shewmaker

June 15, 1949January 14, 2016
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John Scott Shewmaker, of Hot Springs, Arkansas, born on June 15, 1949, to Harrel and Norma May Shewmaker, passed from this life on January 14, 2016. John married his beloved wife, Lana, on July 15, 1996, and the two of them enjoyed a beautiful life of almost 20 years residing in Hot Springs.

As a faithful Christian and member of the National Park Church in Hot Springs, he was also a loving husband, father and Poppy.

John is survived by wife, Lana; parents, Harrel and Geraldine Shewmaker; son, Thomas Shewmaker (Susan); daughter, Jessica Daniels (Michael); daughter, Jennifer Horton (Lance); sister, Nena Burnette (Keith) and sister, Phyllis Williams (Marty); grandchildren, Tyson Bouscher, Piper and Campbell Daniels, Jonas Shewmaker, Landon Brown, and Stella Kellim.

John is also survived by his best friend since childhood, Hank Walters; his “angel on earth”, Nancy Lewis; father-in-law, HC Todd, as well as many other family members and friends who will miss him dearly.

After earning multiple degrees from Arkansas State University, John spent a lifetime career as an administrator at Hot Springs, Paragould, Oak Grove and Lafe school districts.

John was a recipient of the prestigious National Milken Educator’s Award and was invited to Los Angeles, along with his father, to receive to award and then to the White House for recognition, thereafter.

As a member of the National Coalition of Essential Schools, John traveled throughout the US on education reform advisory teams. After retiring from Hot Springs School District, he served on Scholastic Audit teams for the Arkansas Department of Education.

While living in Hot Springs, John served as President of the Garland County Educators’ Federal Credit Union Board of Directors.

For years after John started taking cancer treatments, he volunteered to drive other patients who did not have family, friends or means of travel to their cancer treatments, through the American Cancer Society Road to Recovery program, as often as five times a week. He said that this helped him realize that no matter how bad things were, there was always someone who was worse off than he was. John’s acts of generosity, humility, and bravery, in the midst of his own battle with cancer, were a featured Road to Recovery story on a Little Rock new station.

Services

  • Visitation

    Tuesday, January 19, 2016

  • Memorial Service

    Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Memories

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March 9, 2016

You were such a good spirit and I enjoyed you as a Educator and looked up to you.

Corlisa Pattee

Jodie Spainhour

January 19, 2016

Sweet Lana, I think that you and John are a great love story. One only needed to spend a moment in your presence to see and feel your love. John was just a sweetheart, simple and pure, to everyone. Kip and I are so sad that his time with us all is over for now....just for now.

January 19, 2016

Lana we were so sorry to hear of your loss. In loving memory Wayne and Darlene Garner. Paragould, Ar

Dotty Harris

January 19, 2016

I am so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts are with you all, Thomas and Jessica.
Praying for the family.
Bill and Dotty (Smith) Harris
Camden, AR

January 19, 2016

My best memories of John are from our grade school days at L.W. Baldwin School in Paragould which included playing on the "giant stride", the daily exchange of our "steelies" in a game of marbles, having the privilege of ringing the fire bell for drills, and the walks home after school. All this happened until the powers that be decided Wirt street would become the dividing line with the kids living on the south side would now have to transfer to Greene County Tech. We lost touch after that until he became principal at Hot Springs High School when my youngest daughter was a Senior. He was very involved with her becoming valedictorian with his constant encouragement. I thank him for being my friend as well as my daughter. You will be missed, John Shewmaker, but what an impression and Legacy you have left. I love you, brother.

robin wise

January 19, 2016

Mrs. Shewmaker, I am sorry for your loss. Mr. Shewmaker was a wonderful person, a great principal, a God sent man to HSSD because he cared about his students; because he was there for my son. My deepest sympathy to you and your family. His presence, smile and laughter will be missed. I remember when I first met him...he had on his suit and his socks and sandals. Your family is in my family's prayer. Sincerely, Courttenay Wise & Robin Wise (Hot Springs, AR).

January 19, 2016

Lana, We were very upset and sad to hear about John. He was a great friend and an outstanding boss. He was also a blessing for both of us during our illnesses, and we loved him like a brother. Baxter and Mary Cone (Edmond, OK)

January 19, 2016

God bless the Shewmaker family and embrace them during their loss of John. John was an enthusiastic, well respected educator / colleague and devoted to the improvement of education. John will be missed!
May you rest in Peace John!
Trish Hays,
Hot Springs

Amy Baez

January 19, 2016

Mr Shewmaker was my Principle at Hot Springs. He was a great principle and great man. Very caring. My deepest sympathies for his family.

Marvin Moody

January 19, 2016

I'm very sorry for your loss. The people that John came in contact with will never forget his compassion and laughter. He left a great stain on many lives.

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Biography

John Scott Shewmaker, of Hot Springs, Arkansas, born on June 15, 1949, to Harrel and Norma May Shewmaker, passed from this life on January 14, 2016. John married his beloved wife, Lana, on July 15, 1996, and the two of them enjoyed a beautiful life of almost 20 years residing in Hot Springs.

As a faithful Christian and member of the National Park Church in Hot Springs, he was also a loving husband, father and Poppy.

John is survived by wife, Lana; parents, Harrel and Geraldine Shewmaker; son, Thomas Shewmaker (Susan); daughter, Jessica Daniels (Michael); daughter, Jennifer Horton (Lance); sister, Nena Burnette (Keith) and sister, Phyllis Williams (Marty); grandchildren, Tyson Bouscher, Piper and Campbell Daniels, Jonas Shewmaker, Landon Brown, and Stella Kellim.

John is also survived by his best friend since childhood, Hank Walters; his “angel on earth”, Nancy Lewis; father-in-law, HC Todd, as well as many other family members and friends who will miss him dearly.

After earning multiple degrees from Arkansas State University, John spent a lifetime career as an administrator at Hot Springs, Paragould, Oak Grove and Lafe school districts.

John was a recipient of the prestigious National Milken Educator’s Award and was invited to Los Angeles, along with his father, to receive to award and then to the White House for recognition, thereafter.

As a member of the National Coalition of Essential Schools, John traveled throughout the US on education reform advisory teams. After retiring from Hot Springs School District, he served on Scholastic Audit teams for the Arkansas Department of Education.

While living in Hot Springs, John served as President of the Garland County Educators’ Federal Credit Union Board of Directors.

For years after John started taking cancer treatments, he volunteered to drive other patients who did not have family, friends or means of travel to their cancer treatments, through the American Cancer Society Road to Recovery program, as often as five times a week. He said that this helped him realize that no matter how bad things were, there was always someone who was worse off than he was. John’s acts of generosity, humility, and bravery, in the midst of his own battle with cancer, were a featured Road to Recovery story on a Little Rock new station.

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