Mr. Julian L. Shoemake, age 85, died on Monday, July 22, 2013 at The Woodlands, TX. Services will be at 2:00 PM on Thursday, July 25, 2013 at Forest Lawn Funeral Home Chapel. Visitation will be two hours prior to the service. Burial will follow at Forest Lawn Memorial Park.
Mr. Shoemake was born on April 26, 1928 in Moore, TX to Richard and Addie Dixson Shoemake. He then lived in Miranda City, TX, where his father worked for the Magnolia Company, until the age of four. The family moved to Oilton, TX for a short period of time before finally making the family home in Freer, TX. His father worked there for Sun Oil Company and retired there.
Julian graduated from Freer High School and was selected as "Our King" by his classmates. He enjoyed playing sports lettering in football, basketball and track. He was the captain of the football team his senior year. Julian attended Texas Southwest Jr. College in Brownsville, TX from 1948 to 1950. While there he letterman in football and was the 2nd ranked poplar student.
After his graduation in 1950 he was drafted into the United States Army. Julian served 21 months in Korea. He did his basic traing at Camp Cook California. He was chosen to serve as a Sargent in the General's Honor Guard Platoon over 46 men. He received numerous commendations with the 40th Infantry Division in Korea.
After serving in the Army he went to Baylor University. He received his G.I. Bill for $110.00 per month and worked while out on school holidays to fund his education, never asking anyone for financial help. He graduated from Baylor bought himself a Chevrolet in 1957.
He later went in to the restaurant business and owned several of them. He also spent a great deal of his life being a pipefitter.
He is preceded in death by his parents. Three brothers, Gerald Shoemake, Leo Shoemake and Theo Shoemake. Two grandchildren, Jessica Alexander and Brandon Alexander.
Survivors include his three daughters, Delinda Shoemake of Atascocita, TX, Tonya Holloway of Huffman, TX and Brenda Alexander of Athens, TX. One brother, Col. Charles Shoemake and his wife Ann of Albuquerque, New Mexico. Nine grandchildren and six great grandchildren.