Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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December 28, 2013

Marie Tolliver Shumate

MORGANTOWN — Marie Tolliver Shumate, 90, of Morgantown, formerly of Sophia and Saulsville, died peacefully Friday, December 27, 2013 in the Westover home of her daughter Rose Marie Bell.

She was born August 12, 1923 in Maben, daughter of the late James Amos Tolliver and Rosa Elzina Perry Privett Tolliver Shumate.      

Marie graduated Mullens High School and completed bachelors and masters degrees in various educational fields at Concord (College) University, University of Charleston (Morris Harvey), Marshall University, and the West Virginia College of Graduate Studies. She often shared memories of her father tutoring her and encouraging her to pursue higher education. She taught elementary classes at many Wyoming County schools, including Sabine, Maben, Glen Fork, Glen Rogers and Pineville. She was one of the first teachers to bring Title I Reading services to Wyoming County students.

After retirement, she and her husband traveled extensively throughout the United States and Canada, including Hawaii and Alaska where they celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. Some of those travels were in the company of area square dancing clubs. Others were with family and friends. She loved spending time with her children and grandchildren. Marie and her husband also earned their State VIPP (very important park person) badges.

In addition to her parents Marie was preceded in death by her husband of 53 years, Hursie C. (Shorty) Shumate. She was the last of 16 siblings: Thursey Jane Tolliver, John Tolliver, Levi Tolliver, James H Tolliver, Berdine Tolliver, Walter E. Tolliver, Jesse Tolliver, Susie Tolliver Phillips, Obed Thomas Tolliver, Amanda Privett Shumate, Roscoe Privett, Virgil Privett, Arthur Privett, Lillie Privett Kincaid Gunter, Zada Privett Nolan Tolliver, and Alva Privett.

Marie is survived by her son, Rudy Donnell Shumate and wife Dreama of Bluefield, VA, her daughter Rose Marie Bell of Morgantown, grandson Paul Michael Gunter and wife Laura of Morgantown, grandson Terry Bell and wife Kara of Morgantown, granddaughter Sharon Ann Putnam and husband Russell of Garner, NC, great-grandchildren Brandon Gunter, Lauryn Gunter, and Lizzy Bell of Morgantown, Megan Robertson and Zach Robertson of Louisburg, NC.

 Services will be held at 4:00 PM Sunday, December 29, 2013 at Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley.  Entombment will follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens.

Friends may gather with the family Sunday from 2 – 4 PM at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to: Hospice Care, 3363 University Avenue, Star City, WV, or

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Arrangements by Blue Ridge Funeral Home, 5251 Robert C. Byrd Dr., Beckley, WV.

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