Herbert Shumate – Member Profile

Hometown:  Maynardville, Tn

Birthday:  May 30, 1948

Have you ever met someone that never seems to have a bad day, is always smiling and laughing, and makes those around them just a little happier?  Herbert Shumate is one of those people.

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Mona and Herbert

Herbert grew up in Maynardville, just north of Knoxville.  He graduated from Horace Maynard High School, and then attended both Diesel Mechanic and Body Shop schools before entering the work force building houses with his older brothers.  He was busy building houses for over 30 years before changing his profession to professional painter.

Herbert is a jack of all trades and is a willing to offer his expertise on many projects around the church campus.  Painting, decorating, cleaning, constructing props, ushering, working in FISH, or just making people smile, Herbert has done it all.  You might even find him changing a flat tire for someone after the church service is over, usually in the rain!

Herbert and his wife Mona are fixtures on the back row of Eastminster.  Herbert can be found between Sunday School and the Worship Service entertaining anyone within earshot of the coffee pot in the main hallway.  He has been doing so ever since he joined Eastminster in 1987.

Herbert is also a willing worker around the community working with the Toys for Tots Biker Ministry.

Herbert is the one on the left

Herbert is the one on the left

Herbert lists his hobbies as woodworking and motorcycling.  Herbert and Mona have traveled the Eastern U.S. on their Can Am Spyder (3 wheeled motorcycle).  He lists his favorite vacation destination as the beautiful Blue Ridge Parkway, and can be found there often.

If you want to hear a funny story, just ask him to tell you the story of how he broke his leg unloading trash out of a trailer at the local dump.  Only Herbert can make you laugh out loud at such a grim story as he describes his injuries and how the doctors had to pin him back together.  If you can laugh at that story, you can find humor in any situation. And that is exactly what Herbert Shumate can do.  Introduce yourself to Herbert sometime. He is a man of great character and dedication.


Can Am Spyder

Can Am Spyder

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