CW3 (Ret.) Raymond F. Shumate, 68, of Sevierville, passed away at LeConte Medical Center on May 12, 2020 after a short illness. He was born March 31, 1952 in Conway, Arkansas to the late Eugene Shumate and Mary C. Guthrie.
He began his distinguished military career in the U.S. Army at Ft. Belvoir, Virginia in May 1970 and retired in May 1990. During that time he promoted quickly through the ranks ultimately becoming Chief Warrant Officer Third Class and retired just prior to his becoming CW4. During his military career he served in multiple leadership positions overseeing numerous battalions and personnel at installations in Alaska, Hawaii, South Carolina, Ft. Belvoir, VA, Turkey and Korea. Throughout his career, he received numerous awards for service including the Meritorius Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, NCO Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon and the Overseas Service Ribbon.