Bobby Shoemaker, 90, of North Wilkesboro passed away Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020, at Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital in Elkin.

Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 14, 2020, at Arbor Grove Baptist Church Cemetery, with the Rev. Lane Roark officiating.  

Mr. Shoemaker was born March 15, 1929, in Wilkes County to Robert McKinley Shoemaker and Addie Mastin Shoemaker.  He was a retired carpenter, first working for Foster Sturdivant Construction Company on projects that included Reins-Sturdivant Chapel and Arbor Grove Baptist Church. He was also a brick and block mason and helped to build the racing garages for race car owner Junior Johnson in Ingle Hollow.  He also worked alongside his two brothers to build many homes in Wilkes County. He loved to hunt and raised beagle dogs for many years. His greatest joy was his family and especially his grand and great-grandchildren.  

He was preceded in death by his wife of 69 years, Vecie Hall Shoemaker; his parents; two sisters, Robert Virginia “R.V.” Bowman and Agnes Alexander; two brothers, Bruce Shoemaker and Edward “Dink” Shoemaker; and a son-in-law, Mike Cannon.

Mr. Shoemaker is survived by two daughters, Lynn Shoemaker Dyer and husband, Danny, of Millers Creek and Diane Shoemaker Cannon of Wilkesboro; a son, Bobby F. Shoemaker and wife, Pam, of North Wilkesboro; four grandchildren, Robin D. Hamby and husband, Matt, Amber C. Shumate and husband, Andy, Ashley D. Cannon and fiancé, Bobby Sheets, and Adam P. Shoemaker; six great-grandchildren, Aaron and Adrienne Hamby, Emeliegh and Ashlyn Shumate and Dawson and Gage Sheets; a sister-in-law, Ruth Shoemaker; and his special friend and caregiver, Debbie Whitley.

Flowers will be accepted or memorials may be made to the Arbor Grove Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, 196 Arbor Grove Church Road, North Wilkesboro, N.C. 28659.

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