A celebration of the life of Bob G. Shoemake, 83, of Muskogee will be held on Thursday, May 25, 2017 at the Oldham Memorial Baptist Church beginning at 11:00 a.m. Officiating will be Joe Kelley and Donny Custar. Roy Dale, accompanied by Jim Edwards, will lead in a congregational hymn with special music by Wendell Davis. Burial will be at Coleman Cemetery, Porum, OK, under the direction of Lescher-Millsap Funeral Home.
Bob was born on June 13, 1933 to Ira Shoemake and Inez (Conover) Shoemake. He was one of seven siblings as follows: Lillian Hill of Roanoke, VA, Virginia Tidwell of Checotah, OK, Jerry Shoemake and wife, Jan, of Porum, as well as Richard Shoemake, Wanda Ross, and Billie Ritter, deceased. He passed from this world on May 21, 2017.
Bob grew up and attended school in Porum, Oklahoma where he met his wife, Bobbie Ruth Stout. They were united in marriage on September 25, 1951, and celebrated their 61st wedding anniversary a short time before her death in November of 2012. Their union produced three children, Robert, Pam, and Don.
Bob was reunited with longtime friend, Doris Buzan Francis, whom he married on May 15, 2015. They had two years together before his death. Doris' children, Debbie, Patti, and Randy became an extension of Bob's family as well.
At the age of 25, Bob gave his life to Christ and that same year was licensed, ordained, and became pastor of his first church, Fairview Baptist Church in Muskogee. He had a pastor's heart and completely dedicated his life to the ministry. Bob pastored eight Southern Baptist Churches, led hundreds of revivals, retreats, camps, Bible conferences, and mission trips. He also at some time served as Director of Missions for the North Canadian Baptist Association, was a member of the Board of Directors of the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma (BGCO), president of the Oklahoma Baptist Evangelists, and had served as second vice president of the BGCO. He touched many lives and led many people to Christ. He always said he wanted to be remembered as "the best Christian you ever knew" and he worked hard to earn that title. Up until the day of his death he was still asking everyone whom he came into contact with "if you were to die today do you know where you would spend eternity?"
Bob spent his leisure time with family and friends, catfishing, telling jokes without punch lines, going to flea markets, and watching old westerns. "Papa" always made time for the grandchildren and his love for them was very obvious.
Survivors are wife, Doris Buzan Francis Shoemake of the home; children, Tim and Pam (Shoemake) Tucker, Don and Kim Shoemake; grandchildren, Brandon and Tina Shoemake, Brad and Jonaleen Tucker, Cody and Fanci Tucker, Dillon and Jenna (Tucker) Owens and Myah Shoemake. Also, eight great-grandchildren, Cyle and Brittany (Shoemake) Kirby, Travis and Jessa Tucker, Colten, Cheyenne, Levi and Savannah Tucker and Decklan Owens; two great-great-grandchildren, Kinley and Carver Kirby and his "favorite niece(s)". Extended family includes Debbie Ausbrooks, Patti Custar, Randy Francis, and their families.
Bob was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Bobbie; son, Robert; one brother, and two sisters.
Published on May 24, 2017