COMANCHE — Clifton Monroe “Cliff” Shoemaker, 89, of Rising Star, passed away Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013.

Funeral services, under the direction of Heartland Funeral Home of Comanche, will be held 2 p.m. Monday, Dec. 30, 2013, at the Heartland Chapel, with the Rev. Glenda West officiating. Interment will follow at the White Point Cemetery in Comanche County. The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Condolences to the family can be left online at www.heartlandfuneralhome.net

“Cliff” was born Dec. 6, 1924, in Comanche, Texas, to Marion Thomas and Maude (Cobb) Shoemaker. He joined the U. S. Army and served in the Air Corp during World War II. He earned the rank of Sergeant and was awarded the Purple Heart. After the war, “Cliff” returned to Comanche where he met Sammie Louise West and they were married in 1946. He was a “jack of all trades” but his primary job was as a carpenter. An artist with wood, he first saw his project totally in his mind, then set about to bring it to life. He lived many places after leaving Comanche, returned to Brownwood, and lived the last twenty plus years in Rising Star. “Cliff” did many things around the house but cooking was probably where he shined, ribs and steaks was his signature chef masterpiece. He enjoyed keeping his yard mowed and pruned. “Cliff’s” favorite past times were relaxing in his backyard and taking Zippy to “check the cows.” After the loss of his first wife, “Cliff” was married to Eva Estaline Rogers who passed away in 2009.

Clifton is survived by son, David Shoemaker and wife Stacy of Brownwood; daughters, Jan Hardy and husband Charlie, and Sherri Murphree and husband Ted, all of Rising Star; 12 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; brother-in-law, Herbert Duane West and wife Glenda; numerous nieces and nephews; and his best friend, Zippy.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 23 years, Sammie West Shoemaker; his wife of 40 years, Eva Rogers Shoemaker; parents, Marion and Maude Shoemaker; one sister; and two brothers.

In lieu of flowers, the family ask memorials be given to Disabled American Veterans, P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 45250-0301.