F.J. “Johnny” Shuman, 68

by | July 29, 2014 3:55 pm

   Funeral services for F.J. “Johnny” Shuman, 68, were held at 11 a.m. Monday, July 28, 2014 from the Reidsville United Methodist Church with Rev. Marc Foster, Ronnie McCall and Jackie Trim officiating. He died Wednesday, July 23, 2014.

   Mr. Shuman, a Reidsville native, had lived in Jesup and Swainsboro before moving back to Reidsville in 2010. He was a Vietnam Veteran that served in the U.S. Navy. A graduate of Georgia Southern University, he received his Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice and later went on to receive his Juris Doctorate from John Marshall Law School. However, his passion for law enforcement led him to serve 42 years in the field, including 10 years as the Chief of Police of the Reidsville Police Department and 13 years as the Chief of Police of the Swainsboro Police Department. He was a member of Rising Sun Lodge #32 at Reidsville and Past Master of the Swainsboro Lodge #244. He was Past Venerable Master of the Lodge of Perfection of the Valley of Savannah, 32 degree Knight Commander Court of Honor, First Masonic Defense Council, District Deputy of the First District of the Grand Lodge of Georgia, York Rite Night Templar and a member of Alee Shrine Temple. He was also a member of the VFW #7764, The Gideons, Clearwater Hunting Club, Sons of the American Revolution and the Reidsville United Methodist Church. In his spare time, he loved to hunt, fish, read, and sing. He was preceded in death by his father, Jenarel Shuman and sister, Angela Shuman Kappes.

   Survivors include his mother, Virginia Eason Shuman Kicklighter of Reidsville; children, Brian Shuman of Boston, Meredith Yarbrough of Marietta, and JR Shuman of Boston;  brother-in-law, John Kappes of Reidsville; grandchildren, Peyton and Parker Yarbrough, Patrick and Isaac Shuman; one nephew and four nieces. 

   Pallbearers were Chief Diane Sapp, Wilder Kirkland, Ronnie McCall, Jackie Trim, Mike Deal and Mark Shuman. 

   Memorials may be given in memory of Chief Shuman to the Methodist’s Children’s Home Macon at 304 Pierce Avenue Macon, Georgia 31203 or the Masonic Children’s Home at 1417 Nottingham Drive Macon, Georgia 31211.

   Bradley B. Anderson Funeral Home and Crematory had charge of arrangements.

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