Martha Shumate

October 22, 1921 - March 27, 2008

10/22/1921 - 03/27/2008

Martha Gilbert Shumate, 86, of Norfolk, formerly of Danville, died Thursday, March 27 after several months of declining health. She was the widow of Thomas Harden Shumate, and daughter of the late Morrison Thomas Gilbert and Laura Manning Gilbert. Born in Pittsylvania County in 1921, she grew up in Caswell County, NC, graduated from Bartlett Yancy High School, Class of 1938, and attended Practical Bible College in NY. She was a former member of Main Street Methodist Church in Danville.

She and her husband owned and operated Church Grocery and the Market Basket in Danville. Later, she worked in retail sales, including serving as manager of Wig Mart in Ballou Center. In her later life, she worked as a caregiver.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was predeceased by her sisters, Myrtle Motley, Elizabeth Bradner, Annie Laurie Fitzgerald, and Dorothy Dodd; brother, Thomas Gilbert; nephew, John A. Fitzgerald, III, nieces Ann Bradner Gammon and Nancy Bradner Trotter.

Mrs. Shumate is survived by her son, Thomas Allen Shumate of Danville, her daughter, Mary Joyce Shumate Winstead and son–in-law, Glenn A. Winstead of Norfolk; nieces Eleanor J. Motley, Dorothy A. Dodd; nephew Dennis Dodd.

Memorial Services will be held at a later date at Wrenn-Yeatts Funeral Home, in Danville.

Memorial donations may be made to the SPCA or the Humane Society, in honor of her love of animals.

Altmeyer Funeral Home is handling the Norfolk arrangements.

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Ann Rives
8 years ago

Mary – I can see how this DVD would tear you to pieces. What a lovely remembrance of your Mama. She was a stunning woman! I loved looking through these pictures. She was fortunate to have you and you were fortunate to have her. I have been thinking of you and wishing I had gone with you anyway. Love, Ann

Dottie Dodd
8 years ago

Mary Joyce, Glenn, & Allen, the memorial tribute and funeral were beautiful tributes to Aunt Martha. She was a loving, beautiful lady who always made us all feel extra special. The times at your home when were growing up will always be dear memories for me. My thoughts, prayers, and love continue to be with you. Thank you all for everything you did for her to make her life better and happier.

Love, Dottie