September 1, 1929 - October 9, 2017
Carl Ivan “Shu” Shumate of Bristol, VA died suddenly on October 9, 2017. He was born to the late Stanley and Arlene Shumate on September 1, 1929 in Waynesboro, VA where he enjoyed his childhood and graduated from Waynesboro High School. He loved the Shenandoah Valley and his family heritage there. An avid sports enthusiast throughout his life, Carl enjoyed participating on the high school track, basketball, baseball and football teams. He maintained a strong bond with his teammates and regularly attended football and class reunions. Carl attended Bridgewater and Lenoir Rhyne Colleges. He was a mechanic in the US Air Force and served on Guam. Carl taught in Stuarts Draft, VA Elementary and worked in sales and manufacturing at companies including Pilot Life Ins., Webster Brick and Southern Stainless. In 1970 Carl moved to Bristol as one of the founding employees of Camac Corp. (now Universal Fibers) where he held various management positions in Human Resources, Manufacturing, Maintenance & Sales. He retired from Universal Fibers in 1994 and continued helping others learn and succeed by mentoring elementary and GED students. He also enjoyed golf with The Herd at the Country Club of Bristol and spending time with his friends and family. He was happiest outside and loved working in his yard with the flowers and birds. He was preceded in death by his sister, Anna Belle Downey. Carl is survived by his wife of 39 years, Judy Shumate; children Laura Plecker (Jim) of Waynesboro, VA, Carla Tinsley (Darryl) of Swoope, VA, Marshall Schirtzer (Ron) of Winter Park, FL, Juanita Wild (Hank) of Riverview, FL, Carl Shumate, Jr. (Amy) of Lake Mary, FL, Chad Hennes of Bristol, VA, and Tracie Blevins (Bobby) of Bristol, TN; grandchildren Lindsay Plecker Hutchinson (Chase), James Plecker (Rebecca), Josh Tinsley, Austin Hutto, Olivia Hutto Allen (Andrew), Jeffrey Schirtzer, Emily Schirtzer, Dustin Greeley, Matthew Shumate, Jackson Shumate, Sarah Blevins and Mary Catherine Blevins; great grandchildren London Plecker, Ryder Plecker, Caroline Hutchinson, and Carter Hutchinson; sister Marsha Fogle; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. The funeral service will be conducted at 2:00 P.M., Saturday, October 14, 2017 in Akard Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Jonathan Jonas officiating and Rev. Joseph Shumate assisting. Entombment will follow in Mountain View Cemetery Mausoleum with the Bristol VFW Honor Guard. Honorary pallbearers will be the The Herd at the Country Club of Bristol. The family will receive friends prior to the service from 1:00 – 2:00 P.M. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Mt. Rogers Regional Adult Education Program, P.O. Box 1987, Abingdon, VA 24212 or to the charity of your choice. Condolences and memories may be left for the family at akardfuneralhome.com Akard Funeral Home, (423) 989-4800 is serving the Shumate family.
Carl Ivan “Shu” Shumate of Bristol, VA died suddenly on October 9, 2017. He was born to the late Stanley and Arlene Shumate on September 1, 1929 in Waynesboro, VA where he enjoyed his childhood and graduated from Waynesboro High... View Obituary & Service Information
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