Funeral services for JoAnn Packer Shumake, 77, were held on Dec. 28, 2020 at 11 a.m. at Lucedale Church of God in Christ in Lucedale.
She was born Dec. 18, 1943. She was known as a larger than life community member who loved family. She was a leader in the church and served as a member of the church and helped to facilitate spreading the Word of God by supporting the start of several ministries in Leakesville.
She was known for being an excellent cook and always had a table laden with food that was open to family near and far, friends and the community at large. She was known to openly share whatever she had with anyone who needed it. She died Dec. 21, 2020.
She is survived by her loving husband George Shumake Jr.; sons James Packer of Lake Charles, La., Ronnie Bolton and Konrad Bolton of Killeen, Tex. and Tracy (NaTesha) Bolton of Gulfport; daughters Sharon Bolton, Karen Causey, both of Leakesville, Lavon (Christopher) Pringle of Lucedale, Gail Tatum of Houston, Tex., Regina Anderson of Leakesville, Rhonda Bolton, Tashma (Kenja) Blakely and J. Sherrill Washington, all of Leakesville; brothers Alfred (Annie) Packer of Lucedale, Melvin Packer of Citronelle, Ala., Lawrence Packer of Lucedale, Dallas Packer of Colorado Springs, Colo., Walter (Pamela) Packer of Fayetteville, Ga., Michael (Brenda) Packer of Three Rivers, Steven (Rhonda) Packer of Leakesville, Bonnie Powe of Atlanta, Ga., Horace (Willie Mae) Powe and John (Marie) Powe of Moss Point; a host of grandchildren and great-grandchildren; sisters Dorothy Walley of Knobtown, Christine Holloway of Leakesville and Barbara Powe Kelly of Stateline; sisters-in-law Betty (Maurice) Fleming and Gracie Shumake of Milwaukee, Wisc., and Lizzy Berryman of Mobile, Ala.; and nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by a son Jessie Lemar; two grandsons Korrey Mendez Bolton and Eddie Charles Causey; her parents Jessie Lee and Pearl Packer and a brother Freddie Lee Packer.
Interment was in New Providence Cemetery in Leakesville.
Cowan Funeral Home of Lucedale was in charge of arrangements.