James Shewmaker, Jr. DVM

Obituary of James Lee Shewmaker, Jr. DVM

Dr. James Lee Shewmaker Jr DVM, of La Belle, Florida, better known as Lee or “Doc”, passed away on October 8th 2023 with his children by his side.

 Lee was the son of the late James and Laura Alma Latta Shewmaker of Harrodsburg, Kentucky, and was born on October 30, 1942. He grew up on a farm, which instilled in him a lifelong love for animals and riding horses.

Lee graduated from Mercer County High School, in Harrodsburg, and received his bachelors degree from University of Kentucky. He continued his education at Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine , from which he received his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine.

After College Lee enlisted into the U.S. Army and served two years providing Veterinary services at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. He then moved to LaBelle, Florida purchasing his Veterinary practice in 1972. First named Glades Vet Services then later changed to Shewmaker Animal Hospital. He practiced in La Belle, FL for 50 years, providing Veterinary care for all the surrounding counties, including Hendry, Glades, Okeechobee, Lee,  and Collier counties. He mentored many young aspiring Veterinarians; including two of his children. He enjoyed serving his community and his work ethic was unparralled.

 Lee loved a good joke and cutting up with his fellow cowboy buddies. Lee’s hobbies were watching his grandchildren grow-up and compete in sports and rodeo. Lee really enjoyed Team Roping and for years hosted practices and Round Robins in the arena at his clinic. He was a member of various veterinary associations but was also active for years in local associations such as Hendry County Cattlemens. In addition he hosted the very first meeting for LaBelle Family Livestock Club at his clinic and was one of the first board members to help provide a family oriented association for the sport of rodeo in our small hometown of Labelle over 30 years ago. 

He was predeceased by his parents, his younger brother, John Thomas Shewmaker, and the mother of his children, Lila Shewmaker-Rae. He is survived by his children, James Gordon Shewmaker, Dr. Bridgette Diane Shewmaker- Cochran DVM  (Husband - Kenny), and Dr. James Lee Shewmaker III DVM, and grandchildren, Cutter James Cochran, Brilee Blake Cochran, and James Lee Shewmaker IV. Additionally, he is survived by his sister, Jane Latta Shewmaker - Brother of Mt. Sterling, Kentucky, and five nephews and nieces.

“Jesus said to her, I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die.” John 11:25-26 NKJV

Arrangements by Akin-Davis Funeral Home- LaBelle.

Celebration of Life at Arching Oaks Ranch in LaBelle, FL at 10:30 am ~ Saturday November 11th, 2023

~ 3923 E State Road 80, LaBelle, FL 33935

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in honor of Lee’s beloved grandchildren through the Dr. Lee Shewmaker’s Memorial Fund at First Bank of LaBelle or through GoFundme.com/f/drlee-shewmaker-dvm.

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Celebration of Life

10:30 am
Saturday, November 11, 2023
Arching Oaks Ranch
3923 E. State Road 80
LaBelle, Florida, United States
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