He was preceded in death by his mother and father, Vernon and Dema Dodd Shoemaker.
He retired from Southern Railroad after serving over 40 years as a switchman and conductor. His great love was fishing, going to estate sales and flea markets.
As a young boy, he enjoyed being involved in the 4-H and FFA raising prized "Jersey Cows" with his brother, Ronny. He loved to duck hunt with his many friends. He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.
He leaves behind to cherish his memory one son, Jeff L. Shoemaker; one daughter, Tammy Shoemaker Evans; one brother and sister-in-law, Ronny and Sue Shoemaker; two grandsons: Nick and Bobby Goins; two great-grandchildren: Schyler and Jaxon Goins, and one on the way; one niece, Jennifer (Tod) Miller; one nephew, David (Nikki) Shoemaker; two great-nephews: Cole and Layne Shoemaker; aunt and uncle, Bill and Barbara Burns; several cousins; one very special friend, Marlyn Kelly; and numerous other extended family members and a host of friends.
A celebration of his life is planned for Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014, at 4 p.m. at the Bethel Baptist Church, 2514 Old Chattanooga Pike in Cleveland, with the Rev. James Garner officiating.
The family will receive friends at the church on Sunday afternoon from 2 until the service time.
You are encouraged to share a memory of Bobby and/or your personal condolences with his family by visiting his memorial web page and guest book at www.companionfunerals.com.
Companion Funeral Home and the Cody family are honored to assist the Shoemaker family with these arrangements.