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Artesia â€” Leroy Shook, 63, died, Feb. 6, 2011, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle, in Columbus.
Leroy Shook was born December 4, 1947, in Columbus, to the late Gertrude Blankenship and Usco Shook. He worked proudly as a dairy farmer since 1981 in the Artesia community, and previously for the U.S. D.A. office at Mississippi State University. He received his bachlorâ€™s degree in Ag-Econ at MSU in 1974. Mr. Shook was a member of Artesia Baptist Church since 1981 where he served as chairman of the deacons. Leroy Shook married Elwanda Spence Shook on July 31, 1971, in Greenwood. His uncle and aunt who reared him, Wilburn and Norene Lummus, also predeceased him.
Funeral services will be Feb. 8, 2011, at 2 p.m. at Artesia Baptist Church with the Rev. Jeff Morgan officiating, assisted by Rev. Regan Rye and Rev. Ben Yarber. Burial will follow in Curtis Chapel Cemetery. Calvert Funeral Home of West Point is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include wife, Elwanda Spence Shook of Artesia; two sons, Jonathan Matthew Shook (Lindsey) of Pensacola, Fla., and Joshua Wilburn Shook of Artesia; two brothers, Leon Shook (Fay) of Sturgis, Wayne Shook (Wanda) and one sister, Wanda Shook Grantham (Tommy), all of Douglas, Ga.
Pallbearers will be Brad Butler, Kenneth Graves, Roy Loggins, Mark Bolin, Michael Freely, and Roy Gene Fisher.
Memorials may be made to Palmer Home for Children, P. O. Box 746, Columbus, MS 39701 or to Curtis Chapel Cemetery Fund, c/o Mrs. Shirley Blankenhip, 2623 Canterbury Rd., Columbus, MS 39705.
Visitation will be at Artesia Baptist Church from noon until service time. Friends may leave a memory message at http://www.calvertfuneralhome.com.