Leland Tyler Shoemake, age 6, of Williamson, passed away September 25, 2015 at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Egleston. Leland was a first grade student at Pike County Primary School. He was a gifted child who enjoyed school, Minecraft, history, CSX diesel trains, Legos, sharks, ships like the Titanic, and playing baseball. His favorite shows were Tom and Jerry and Impractical Jokers and his favorite movie was Jaws.
He is survived by his parents: Timothy and Amber Shoemake; brother: Logan Shoemake; grandparents: Linda Wike of Jonesboro, Jeffrey Mitchell of the Philippines, John and Bonnie Shoemake of Jonesboro, Ollie Hoover of Jacksonville, FL and Sandra Rogers of Hampton; aunts and uncles: Cody Knowles, Levi Knowles, Brady Wike, Brian Goss, Preston Hoover, Brent and Tierra Goss, Michael Goss, Kevin Shoemake and Melissa Shoemake; great uncles and great aunts: Tony and Pam Green of Kennesaw, Pam and Shawn Coffman of Rex, and Sharon Thurmon of Lawrenceville; best friends: Levi McGouirk and Cameron Willis and their mothers, Jennifer McGouirk and Alicia Almon.
Friends may visit the family on Sunday, September 27, from 4-7 p.m., at the funeral home. Funeral services will be held on Monday, September 28, at 4 p.m., at Oak Hill Baptist Church, 100 Lakeside Drive, Williamson, GA 30292. Pastor Steven Bell will officiate. Burial will follow in Moody Memorial Gardens.
Moody-Daniel Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Though we hate to legitimize rumors via our coverage, rumors of violence at area schools Friday originating out of the Black Lives Matter movement have prompted extra security.
Sheriff Jimmy Thomas posted the following on the Pike County Sheriff’s Office website:
The Pike County Sheriff's Office is aware of internet posts made within the past several days that threaten violence at various school systems. After researching these posts and conferring with additional authorities we are unable to find any validity to substantiate any credible threat to our school system. However, the Sheriff's Office does take any and every possibility of a threat toward the children of our community seriously and extra security measures will be in place to safeguard our students.
The Pike County Public School posted today on its website the following information:
The Pike County School System has been in touch with the Georgia Emergency Management Agency and local law enforcement regarding rumors and facebook posts concerning Friday, September 11th. We have been assured that these statements are unsubstantiated and lack credibility. However, out of an abundance of caution, we will have additional law enforcement on campus along with added safety measures.
No school or law enforcement in the area have been able to verify any of these rumors as credible threats.