DOBSON — Angels in Heaven are truly rejoicing as Mr. Robert E. Lee Shumate, 97, entered the portals of Heaven on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013, in the comfort of his home, surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Wilkes on May 14, 1915, to the late Wiley and Venna Wyatt Shumate. Mr. Shumate was a retired carpenter from G.L. Wilson Construction and a dedicated member of Piney Grove Baptist Church as long as his health permitted. He leaves to cherish his memory, his devoted children, Brenda and husband Ray Freeman, Sharon and husband Johnny Caudle, all of Dobson, Robert Junior and wife Jewel Shumate of Level Cross, Billy Shumate of Elkin, Bobby and Linda Shumate of Dobson, Deink Shumate of White Plains and the Rev. James and Renda Shumate of Mount Airy; 18 beloved grandchildren; a special granddaughter and caregiver, Bonnie Stevens of Dobson; 32 great-grandchildren; and 11 great-great-grandchildren. In addition to his parents, Mr. Shumate was preceded in death by the mother of his children, Tavie Frances Simpson Shumate; one daughter-in-law, Gaynell Shumate; one granddaughter, Kimberly Michelle Shumate; four sisters, Annie Teague, Ida Long, Mary Perkins and Emiline Shumate; and three brothers, Ira Shumate, Oscar Shumate and Leonard Shumate. Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Feb, 13, 2013m in the chapel of Moody-Davis Funeral Home in Dobson, with burial to follow in the Piney Grove Baptist Church cemetery. The services will be conducted by the Rev. James Shumate. Flowers will be accepted, or memorial contributions may be made to the Mountain Valley Hospice and Palliative Care, 401 Technology Lane, Suite 200, Mount Airy, NC 27030. Moody-Davis Funeral Home is serving the Shumate family. Online condolences may be made at wwwmoodyfuneralservices.com.