James Billy Shumate, 81, of Hays passed away Sunday, Nov. 24, 2019, at his home. Mr. Shumate was born Dec. 30, 1937, in Wilkes County to Center and Verna Richardson Shumate.

He worked for Wayne’s Farm for over 30 years as a truck driver.

He was preceded in death by his parents and several brothers and sisters.

Surviving are his wife, Mary Ann Handy Shumate; his children, Kenneth James Shumate of Thurmond, Talmadge Wayne Shumate and spouse, Penny, Johnny Ray Shumate and spouse, Tonya, all of Hays, Lisa Porter and spouse, Terry, of North Wilkesboro, Teresa Brewer and spouse, Jon, of Thurmond and Billy Jason Shumate and spouse, Erica, of State Road; a sister, Betty Aulsbury of Hays; and nine grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Service will be private.

Miller Funeral Service is in charge of the arrangements. Online condolences may be made at www.millerfuneralservice.com.

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