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In Memory of

Gordon Reynolds Shewmake

January 7, 1929 - December 26, 2010

Obituary


SHEWMAKE, Gordon Reynolds, 81, SMSGT USAF (Retired), passed away on December 26th, 2010. Visitation will be held Wednesday, December 29th, from 6:00 to 8:00pm. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, December 30th at 10:30am. A procession to Ft. Mitchell, AL. will follow for graveside service at 2:30pm (eastern time). He is preceded in death by wife Barbara Caver Kilgore Shewmake, parents William Thomas Shewmake and Noley Istney McIntyre Shewmake, four brothers Daniel Shewmake, Robert Shewmake, Rudolph Shewmake, and Thomas D. Shewmake. He is survived by three sons, Larry Shewmake, Garry Shewmake (Janice Vance), Jarod...

SHEWMAKE, Gordon Reynolds, 81, SMSGT USAF (Retired), passed away on December 26th, 2010. Visitation will be held Wednesday, December 29th, from 6:00 to 8:00pm. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, December 30th at 10:30am. A procession to Ft. Mitchell, AL. will follow for graveside service at 2:30pm (eastern time). He is preceded in death by wife Barbara Caver Kilgore Shewmake, parents William Thomas Shewmake and Noley Istney McIntyre Shewmake, four brothers Daniel Shewmake, Robert Shewmake, Rudolph Shewmake, and Thomas D. Shewmake. He is survived by three sons, Larry Shewmake, Garry Shewmake (Janice Vance), Jarod "Pete" (Paula) Kilgore, Sister in law Myra Shewmake, Granddaughter Ashley Shewmake (David) Weston, Great Granddaughters Brianna Ware and Gemma Weston, Helen Hicks (mother of Larry and Garry), and numerous nieces, nephews, and friends. He enlisted in the Air Force in 1946 and retired in 1969 having served 23 years active duty. His overseas tours were in Japan, Korea, Spain, France, and Thailand. His state side assignments were Scott Field AFB, IL, Eglin Field, FL., Maxwell AFB, AL., Craig AFB, AL., and KI Sawyer AFB, MI. During his career he was awarded the Air Force Commendation Medal, US Presidential Unit Citation, WWII Victory Medal, Japanese Occupation Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Korean Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, UN Service Medal, and many others. After retiring from the USAF, he became active in the VFW serving as Post Commander at Post 3016 in Selma, AL. from 1978-79. He was elected VFW State Junior Vice Commander in June 1980, and elevated to State Senior Vice Commander in March 1981. For his outstanding service as VFW state commander he was designated as an "All American State Commander," From 1984-1986 he served as the Assistant VFW State Service Officer. He was elected as VFW State Quartermaster in June 1986 and was appointed State Adjutant. He served the Department of Alabama VFW in that capacity until he retired in 1998. He served on many VFW national committees; POW/MIA, Buddy Poppy, Resolutions, and National Security and Foreign Affairs. He is also a life member of the Korean War Veterans Association and DAV. He is also a member of Masonic Lodge 926 F&M, having served as Worshipful Master 1966-67 in Selma, AL. He is a 32nd degree Scottish Rite Mason and a member of Alcazar Shriners. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Faulkner University, Montgomery, AL.