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William Haskel 'Billy" Shoemake Jr.

On Sunday, September 6, 2020 at the age of 65, after a long and brave fight with illness, William Haskel “Billy” Shoemake, Jr. went home to be with his Jesus.
Billy was born to William Haskel Shoemake, Sr. and Chassilene Shoemake on August 23, 1955 in Heidelberg, Germany. He proudly grew up and lived the majority of his life alongside his family in the Johnson Community of Ellisville, Mississippi. He believed in working hard every day, and as a result had a long and successful career in the oil field where he made many friends. Over the years, Billy spent time working and learning everything possible related to his industry and ultimately spent his time traveling the world serving as a consultant in the oil industry. He loved to spend time with his family and friends, he loved his career, and he also loved the outdoors. His legacy to those who know him is his unfiltered love for his country and the people he called family!

Billy is survived by his dear companion, friend, and caretaker, Jan Blevins of Stringer, Mississippi, who led him back to his Jesus and selflessly stayed by his side throughout his illness. He is also survived by his three children and their spouses who he was openly very proud of; Misty Taylor and her husband Joshua, William Trae’ Shoemake and his wife Tasha, and Derrick Brown and his wife Nicole; his eight grandchildren, Summer Taylor, Katlyn Graham, Kade Shoemake, Kayleigh Shoemake, Kamryn McGee, Julia Brown, Madison Brown and Annalise Brown; brother, Steven “Squeak” Shoemake, Sr. and his wife Ellen; sister, Fawn Shoemake; nephews, Steven Shoemake, Jr. and Ryan Shoemake; niece, Kayla Pitts; former wife and lifelong friend, Jocelyn Shoemake; a host of cousins and a very large group of people he considered family.
Billy was preceded in death by his father, William Haskel Shoemake, Sr. and his mother, Chassilene Shoemake; grandparents, Claude and Flossie Shoemake and Charlie and Chassie Buckhaults; and niece, Kimberly Blackledge.
The family would like to say a special thank you to Asbury Hospice House and his nurses, Cissy and Kim, who kept their promise of keeping him comfortable during his final hours and comforted and cared for his family during this time.

Billy’s wish was to be cremated, and a celebration of his life will be held on Saturday, September 12, 2020, with visitation beginning at 10:00 a.m. and a memorial service at 11:00 a.m. at Fairfield United Methodist Church in the Johnson Community of Ellisville, Mississippi with graveside service to follow at Mack Brown Cemetery.

Should family and friends desire, donations can be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in honor of Billy Shoemake.


William Haskel 'Billy" Shoemake Jr.
August 23, 1955 - September 6, 2020




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