In Memory

Velma Dobbins (Shoemake) - Class Of 1953

Mrs. Velma Louise Dobbins Shoemake, of Jacksonville FL, passed away peacefully December 13, 2014. She was a native Birmingham, AL, graduating from Wenonah High School and furthered her education at Lawson Business College. Mrs. Shoemake was a loyal member of Zion Hope Missionary Baptist Church where she served with the Adult Sunday School, Senior Women Ministry, Maggie Kemp Fellowship Choir, District #6, and Mass Choir. She was also an active member at Riverview Senior Activities Center. Survivors include her husband, Zebedee Shoemake; children, Tina Williams, Shelia Cummings, Lawrence Shoemake (Judy), James Shoemake and Deirdre Shoemake; grandchildren, Anthony Dempsey, II, James Shoemake, II (Tina), Alexis Cummings and Jonathan Shoemake; great grandchildren, Anthony Dempsey, III, Shayla Fletcher, Jada Shoemake, Imani Shoemake and Kayden Shoemake; sister-in-law, Mrs. Nellie Hardison; aunt, Mrs. Lucinda Adams; and many other loving relatives and friends. The family will receive friends at Alphonso West Mortuary, Inc. 4409 Soutel Dr., on FRIDAY, December 19, 2014 from 5 PM until 8 PM. Viewing at the church on Saturday from 9 AM until the hour of service. The Home-going Celebration will be at 11 AM, SATURDAY, December 20, 2014 at Zion Hope Missionary Baptist Church, 2803 Edgewood Ave. W. Interment will be in Edgewood Cemetery. On Saturday, friends are asked to assemble at the church under the direction of ALPHONSO WEST MORTUARY, INC., 4409 Souter Dr. 904-766-9671. Please Sign the Guestbook @

Published in the Florida Times-Union on Dec. 18, 2014 -   Obituary