Funeral service to celebrate the life of Ruth Jennings Shumate, 89, of Camden will be held Wednesday, May 18, 2011 at 11:00 AM at First Baptist Church of Camden with burial to follow in Forest Lawn Memorial Park. Rev. Bruce Hancock will officiate. The family received friends Tuesday, May 17, 2011 from 5:00 -7:00 PM at Kornegay Funeral Home, Camden Chapel. Memorials may be made in Mrs. Shumate’s memory to First Baptist Church Building Fund, 1201 Broad Street, Camden, SC 29020 or Pinedale Residential Center, 798 Hermitage Pond Road, Camden SC 29020.
Mrs. Shumate died Sunday, May 15, 2011. Born in Bel Air, Maryland, she was the daughter of the late Fred Jennings and Nannie Rector Jennings. She was a loving housewife, who was very devoted to her family and her church. She spent many years as a member of the Silvertones Choir Group and she was also a dedicated member of the Friendship Sunday School Class. Mrs. Shumate thoroughly enjoyed her work in the children’s nursery at First Baptist Church where she served a number of years. In addition to her love for her family and church, Mrs. Shumate was an avid gardener and a talented seamstress. She and her husband Tommy enjoyed membership to the Palmetto Chapter of the Model A Club of America, traveling to towns across the South to participate in Model A Car parades.
Surviving are her son, Thomas Henry Shumate, III and his wife Jan of Camden, SC; daughters, Nancy Shumate Willson and her husband Fred of Dataw Island, SC, Renee Shumate Colvin and her husband Billy of Camden, SC; son-in-law, Herbert A. Campbell of Cassatt, SC; granddaughters, Kellie C. Bates, Aimee C. Culler, Mary Elizabeth Garrison, Jenny Greenway and Stephanie Catoe; grandson, Tripp Colvin; 10 great-grandchildren.
She was predeceased by her husband, Thomas Henry Shumate, Jr. of 62 years; daughter Terry S. Campbell; brothers, Page Jennings of Sparta, NC, Garnett Jennings of Bel Air, MD, sisters, Dorothy Bodt of Churchville, MD, Thelma Walters of Ft. Lauderdale, FL and Treva Watts of Baltimore, MD.
Kornegay Funeral Home Camden Chapel is in charge of arrangements
Online condolences may be sent to the Shumate family at www.kornegayfuneral.com.