Betty Lou Shoemaker, age 78, died December 26, 2015, at Alive Hospice Residence in Nashville. She was a native of the Gassaway Community in Cannon County and was the daughter of the late Lytle and Evelyn Melton Witty. She was preceded in death by her husband Delmar Shoemaker, Sr., who died in 1990, a sister, Nell Summar and her husband Gordon, and two brothers, James and Charles Witty.
Mrs. Shoemaker is survived by children, Al Williams (Brenda) of Mt. Juliet, Eve Williams McClure (Gary) of Brentwood, Linda Overall Jenkins (Walter) of Murfreesboro, Shirley Shoemaker Seput (Gary) of Burlingame, CA, and Delmar Shoemaker, Jr., of San Diego, CA; siblings, Howard Witty (Barbara) of McMinnville, Ann Fortner (Bob) of Nashville, and Rosemary Geddes (Don) of Nashville; sisters-in-law, Janie Witty and Ellene Witty; grandchildren, Hart, Robert, and Frances Williams, Evan, Sarah, Peyton, and Elliot McClure, Lisa Taylor (Jan Reese), Amber Overall Jordan (Buddy), and Benton Overall (Katie); and four great-grandchildren, Ginny and Zachary Jordan, Addison Overall, and Madelynn McCall.
Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. Saturday at Woodfin Memorial Chapel in Murfreesboro. Bro. Ron Harper and Bro. David Dunn will officiate. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery. Grandsons will serve as active pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be Joe Reeves, Ross Spielman, Don Greever, Gordon Wilken, and John Whitmore. Visitation will be Friday from 4:00 until 7:00 p.m. at Woodfin Memorial Chapel.
Mrs. Shoemaker was a member of Salem Creek Church of Christ (formerly Minerva Drive Church of Christ). Throughout her life, she enjoyed Bible study and participated in Bible Study Fellowship (BSF) for seven years. She worked for the regional office of State Farm and retired from there after 36 years. She was a volunteer with the American Cancer Society, Alive Hospice of Murfreesboro, Inner City Ministries, and Alive Hospice Camp Forget-Me-Not. She traveled extensively for missions work and for enjoyment.
Family was very important to her; in addition to being part of their lives as much as possible, she prayed for them daily. She was known for showing grace and compassion, even in her last few years, especially to those who needed help.
The family offers special thanks to Vanderbilt Hospital Palliative Care, Vanderbilt Stallworth Rehabilitation Hospital, and Alive Hospice for their exceptional care. We are forever grateful.
Memorials may be made to Alive Hospice and Salem Creek Church of Christ in memory of Mrs. Shoemaker.
Woodfin Memorial Chapel. 615-893-5151. www.woodfinchapel.com