Richard Henry Shoemaker
December 21, 1935 – October 14, 2020
Richard Henry Shoemaker of Alpharetta, Georgia, died Thursday, October 14, 2020, at home at the age of 84 years. He was born and grew up in Blackwell, Oklahoma, to Orville Vere and Minnie Gladys Shoemaker. He graduated from Blackwell High School as co-salutatorian in the Class of 1954. He matriculated at the University of Tulsa where he earned a Bachelor’s degree majoring in history and education. Shortly after graduation from college he began working as a salesman for Fairbanks Morse Pump Corporation. He retired from Fairbanks in 2001 after more than 40 years of service. He married his high school sweetheart, Gwendolyn Sue Morris, on May 4, 1956, and began moving throughout the Midwest before settling in Stone Mountain, Georgia, in 1968. Richard will be remembered for his constant loving devotion and dedication to his family. He was a long-time member of Clarkston Baptist Church and Johns Creek Baptist Church.
He is survived by his wife, Gwendolyn Shoemaker, his daughter Cynthia Muir (Douglas) of Duluth, Georgia, his two sons, Martin Shoemaker (Billie) of Arlington, Virginia, and Craig Shoemaker (Vonda) of Marietta, Georgia; his grandchildren Max (Paige), Olivia (Drew Bell), Rebecca (Blake Callaway), Jack, Lucy, and Thomas; great-granddaughter Nora Bell; his sister Becky Hall; and brothers Larry Shoemaker and O.V. Shoemaker. He was preceded in death by his parents; his sisters Jane Shoemaker, Wava Trompler, Patsy Klein, and Judy Berry; and brothers Homer Shoemaker and Joe Max Shoemaker.
A visitation will be held on Wednesday, October 21, from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m at Sandy Springs Chapel, 136 Mount Vernon Highway, Sandy Springs, Georgia.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that remembrances be made in the form of donations to Johns Creek Baptist Church for Missions or No Longer Bound.
No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.
Richard Henry Shoemaker
October 22, 2020
My family, the Boons, were neighbors of the Shoemaker family in Stone Mountain, GA. Our neighborhood, Fellsridge, was a close community.
We knew Dick as Mr. Shoemaker and he was our favorite Dad in the neighborhood.
With his constant smile and twinkling eyes, he was extremely funny and kind. And somehow Mr. Shoemaker always knew what the neighborhood kids were up to (good and not-so-good). His love and devotion to his family were always front and center.
We Boons are saddened to hear the news of Mr. Shoemaker's death and we send our heartfelt condolences to Mrs. Shoemaker, Cindy, Marty and Craig for their loss. Jim will be attending Mr. Shoemaker's visitation today. Unfortunately due to distance, Suzie, Marsi and I will not be able to attend but please know you are all in our thoughts today.
Mike and Carol Lynn
October 21, 2020
Richard was a joy to be around always a happy person.Sue and Richard was our neighbor at Old Peachtree Plantation,we enjoyed the time we spent with them while living in Duluth Ga. Condolences to all the family.
Roswell Funeral Home and Green Lawn Cemetery
October 19, 2020
The staff of Roswell Funeral Home and Green Lawn Cemetery would like to extend our most sincere condolence to the Shoemaker Family. We would like to thank you for entrusting the care of your love one into our hands. Please remember you are not alone and we will always be here for you.
October 18, 2020
Mr. Shoemaker is a bright memory of my childhood in Fellsridge
and will always be remembered for his smile and wit. My thoughts are with his family.