Willie Lee Shelmire
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A native of Baker and resident of Baton Rouge, he died Friday, May 8, 2020, at Baton Rouge General Medical Center-Bluebonnet due to complications from COVID-19. He was 82 and a U.S. Army Veteran of the Korean Conflict. Survived by wife, Mary Ella Shelmire; three daughters, Ida Shelmire Harmon and Tammy Shelmire Knatt (Kendall), both of Houston, Texas; and Dominique Shelmire, Gonzales; siblings, Eula Shelmire George, Baton Rouge; J. W. Hayden and Mildred Samadnouri, both of Zachary; and Jesse Shelmire, Sr., (Julia), Sacramento, California; step-children, Tonda Cushenberry (Donald) and Kenneth and Terence Williams Sr., all of Baton Rouge; 21 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives and friends. Viewing Sunday, May 17th, at Winnfield Funeral Home, 7221 Plank Road, Baton Rouge, from 11:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. Religious service at 12:00 p.m., conducted by Rev. Cedric Wynn. Interment Monday, May 18th, in Louisiana National Cemetery.

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Published in The Advocate from May 15 to May 20, 2020.
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May 23, 2020
Sending Prayers and Condolences to my neighbor Eula and the entire Shelmire Family on the loss of your loved one. May God comfort and strengthen you during this time. Love you ❤
Alicia Michele
May 18, 2020
In sympathy, love and prayers to all the family.
Flo McNabb
May 16, 2020
God gives us so many wonderful people and things to be thankful for, Especially the kindness of Uncle Willie Lee. On behalf of my brothers Clyde and Johnny Young, and myself Bertha (Bert), we pray that God will comfort you all. I shall never forget his kindness to us, by taking us to the movies and bus trips to Anna Tee Jordan when we were children. Rest in the Peace of God Uncle Willie Lee, and to the rest of the family, Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Bertha Blakes
May 16, 2020
Deacon Willie Shelmire was a deacon at Greater St. Luke Baptist Church. Deacon Freddie Clark was Chairman of the Deacon Board. While serving together they discovered that they shared not only God's love but also the love of playing dominoes. They would play at the McKinley Alumni Center on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, and they would play at our house on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday afternoons. Even though the two men enjoyed playing the game of dominoes, they also enjoyed doing the Lord's work. Both men caught COVID-19, their rooms were next to each other in ICU, and they were called home to glory three days apart. I know they are playin around heaven all day. God bless and keep the Shelmire Family.
Dinice Maiden-Clark
May 16, 2020
I'd like to express my deepest sympathy for your loss. May God comfort you and help you through this difficult time of pain and grief.
May 15, 2020
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Linda O'Conner
May 15, 2020
Grief can be so hard, but our special memories help us cope. Remembering you and your loved one today and always.
Donald Shelmire
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