2008-02-10

I'd Be Remiss

I'd be remiss if I didn't add this, even though it's decidedly personal. My father-in-law, one of the best people I've ever known, passed away last Sunday. I don't know how long the AJC will keep the obit posted, so here's a copy:

SHUMATE, Henry Henry Morgan Shumate Sr. passed away on February 3, 2008 after a lengthy and courageous battle with Parkinson's disease and Lewy Body Dementia. Henry was a home delivery milkman and dairy sales manager for 20 years. He was also a real estate broker and owner of Henry Shumate Realty for 30 years. Henry was a longtime member of Mt. Zion United Methodist Church in Ellenwood and an avid Atlanta Braves fan. He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Jean Shumate, daughters Holly Shumate and Jim Stagg, Heidi and James Smith, grandson Nathaniel Austin Shumate Smith, son Hank and Christina Shumate; two sisters Mary and John Colthorp of Smyrna, and Margaret and Jr. Knight of Decatur; several nieces and nephews. A graveside service will be held Tuesday, February 5th at Fairview Memorial Gardens, with Rev. Michael Johns officiating. Wages & Sons, Stone Mountain Chapel 770/ 469-9811 Express condolences at ajc.com/obits
Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on 2/5/2008.

If you knew him, you know what a great loss it is to the world. If you didn't know him, that's ok. He loved you anyway, and you never would have been a stranger to him.

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