Download a free funeral planning guide Click Here
Navigation Menu+
Celebrating the life of
Judith "Judy" Lightner Shumate
February 26, 1941 - October 27, 2019
She was our matriarch, our home-base, our caregiver, our cheerleader, our hero, and greatest friend.
Services under the direction of:
Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel
912-352-7200
  • Private Memorial

Rick and I were saddened to learn of your Mom’s passing. Because you and Dutchen have been friends for so long we got to know Judy back in the late 70’s. She always had a smile on her face (with beautiful dimples) and was always light hearted with a positive and pleasing attitude. You and Lori gave her a wonderful tribute in the paper. May God give you comfort in your time of grieving. Carol & Rick Armstrong

Carol and Rick Armstrong, Savannah, Ga

We are so sorry to hear about Judy passing. She was a beautiful person and a strong supporter to me as a beginning Realtor! She was fortunate to have a loving family. All our best, Patricia and Steve

Patricia Stephens and Steve Stephens, Savannah, GA

I have so many fond memories of Judy. She always put a smile on your face and was such a joy to work with for so many years. My thoughts and prayers are with the entire family.

Karen Schroder, Savannah, GA

So sorry to hear about your Mother, I remember her as a very well dressed, regal lady. She always had a smile on. I know she will be missed but remember only God knows your pain, give it to him. My prayers and love for all of you.

Beverly Vasta, Savannah , Ga

Blessings and prayers to you all. Judy was a wonderful person. We took a few trips together and has a wonderful time. Sue Brown

SUE BROWN, SAVANNAH, GA

Our deepest sympathies to your family. Thank you for the honor of caring for Ms Judy. Your family at Legacy Savannah Quarters

Legacy at Savannah Quarters, Pooler, GA

We celebrate the life and memory of Judith “Judy” Lightner Shumate, 78, who passed away Sunday, October 27, 2019, in the care of Spanish Oaks Hospice.

Judy was born on February 26, 1941, to Richard and Edith Lightner. Raised in Savannah, Georgia, Judy graduated from Commercial High School in 1958. She went on to have a long professional career in finance and business management, highlighted by numerous awards for excellent performance in her field. Later, she found her calling as a Realtor, working with Re/Max Savannah, for over twenty years. Judy loved her beautiful city, and had a gentle southern charm that turned most of her clients into friends.

Forever a tomboy, Judy adored being outdoors. She fished for largemouth bass out of her Gheenoe on Clarks Hill Lake, cast for shrimp from her dock on Houstoun Creek, and even occasionally snuck a crab trap over the side of a local bridge. (She made wonderful she-crab soup.) In her later years, Judy spent much time watching “her birds” that frequented her many feeders, the chickadees being her favorites. She could often be found either working in her beautiful yard, or sitting on her porch with a cat in her lap. Her favorite flowers were daffodils. She loved dancing, country music, traveling, Kentucky Wildcat basketball, jelly beans, and terrible pink wine.

She was quick to laugh, which is a good thing, as she was surrounded by a family of jokesters who loved her and gathered at her home for most holiday celebrations, including over forty years of Christmas Eve parties.  Her dinners were delicious, and she made sure the family favorites; Chicken and Dumplings, Sand Tarts, and Snot and Booger cookie recipes were handed down to the next generation.

Judy was a loving wife to Frank Burchett (deceased) and later, Ernest Shumate (deceased). She was an encouraging and protective mother to her daughters, Lori Burchett Mosely, and Jamie Burchett, as well as a playful and doting “Grammy” and “Meme” to her grandchildren, Carl Mosely Jr., Andrew Mosely, and Elizabeth Danford.

She was our matriarch, our home-base, our caregiver, our cheerleader, our hero, and the greatest friend any of us could have asked for.

In celebration of her life and all the love she gave, the family will hold a private memorial in her home on November 16th, where they will joyfully remember this beautiful woman with her favorite stories, music, laughter, food, and yes, even that terrible pink wine.

The family suggests any remembrances be made in Judy’s memory to the Alzheimer’s Association, and would also like to extend special appreciation, to the caregivers at Savannah Commons, Spanish Oaks Retreat and Spanish Oaks Hospice.

 

 

SHARE YOUR CONDOLENCES

  

GUEST BOOK

Rick and I were saddened to learn of your Mom’s passing. Because you and Dutchen have been friends for so long we got to know Judy back in the late 70’s. She always had a smile on her face (with beautiful dimples) and was always light hearted with a positive and pleasing attitude. You and Lori gave her a wonderful tribute in the paper. May God give you comfort in your time of grieving. Carol & Rick Armstrong

Carol and Rick Armstrong, Savannah, Ga

We are so sorry to hear about Judy passing. She was a beautiful person and a strong supporter to me as a beginning Realtor! She was fortunate to have a loving family. All our best, Patricia and Steve

Patricia Stephens and Steve Stephens, Savannah, GA

I have so many fond memories of Judy. She always put a smile on your face and was such a joy to work with for so many years. My thoughts and prayers are with the entire family.

Karen Schroder, Savannah, GA

So sorry to hear about your Mother, I remember her as a very well dressed, regal lady. She always had a smile on. I know she will be missed but remember only God knows your pain, give it to him. My prayers and love for all of you.

Beverly Vasta, Savannah , Ga

Blessings and prayers to you all. Judy was a wonderful person. We took a few trips together and has a wonderful time. Sue Brown

SUE BROWN, SAVANNAH, GA

Candle tribute lit by Sandra and John Robinson — North Carolina

Our deepest sympathies to your family. Thank you for the honor of caring for Ms Judy. Your family at Legacy Savannah Quarters

Legacy at Savannah Quarters, Pooler, GA


© Fox & Weeks