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Shoemaker, James E.

December 21, 1929 –
 December 15, 2014


James Earl Shoemaker, 84, passed away on Monday, December 15th after a short battle with pancreatic cancer.  Born in Quitman, Texas on December 21, 1929, his family moved to Dallas in 1936.He was a proud alumni of Woodrow Wilson High School class of 1946, where he met his future wife, Diane Goforth. He played basketball at Woodrow then went on to Southern Methodist University. Many life long friendships were formed during his school years.  When he left SMU he was drafted into the U.S. Army.Dad become known to many though his years of owning Shoemaker’s Famous BBQ, located in downtown Dallas.  He later owned and operated Bell Wooden Products.

A longtime member of both Northway Christian Church and Lakewood Country Club, he served both in various capacities.

Our dad loved life and lived it to the fullest.  He enjoyed time with his family and friends (old and new) and if it involved food, entertaining, wine, travel, golf or just some good jokes, he was always ready for a good time.

His is survived by his wife of 61 years, Diane Goforth Shoemaker, four children: Sandra Lynn , Jimmy  (Chris), Kathy Geisler (Erich) and John . Six grandchildren: James III, Bailey Cochrum (Bryan), Jason , John Taylor (Carrie), Payton, Lauren and one great grandson, Jacob Cochrum.  He is also survived by his sister, Rosemary Dearing, brother, Tom Shoemaker and many nieces and nephews.

He is preceeded in death by his parents, Sybil and R.T. Shoemaker, half-brother Joe Browning, half-sister Minnie Louise Browning, in-laws Dr. John L. and Patsy Goforth,

and grandson Jacob Shoemaker.

Visitation will be held from 6:00-8:00 on Thursday, December 18th at Northway Christian Church, 7202 W. Northwest Highway, Dallas. Memorial service will be held at the same location on Friday, December 19th at 2:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Wounded Warrior Project or Dr. John Lawrence and Patsy Louise Goforth Distinguished Professorship in Pathology, UT Southwestern Medical Center, P.O. Box 910888, Dallas, TX  75391-0888.

Arrangements are under the direction of:
ARIA Cremation Service & Funeral Home
10116 E. NW Highway
Dallas, Texas 75238

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