James “Jim” Clair Shoup

Hometown Mentors, Inc. would like to pay tribute to Mr. James Shoup.  Jim was a lifelong resident of Emporium, PA and a dedicated citizen who made a difference in Cameron County, Pennsylvania.

Jim’s son, Dennis “Shoupy” Shoup, has been a member of the Board of Directors of Hometown Mentors since 2014 and has contributed much to our success over the years.  We want to express our condolences for the loss of his father and the loss of a great Hometown Mentor.

James “Jim” Clair Shoup



James “Jim” Clair Shoup, age 91, passed away peacefully Tuesday, December 29, 2020 at Latrobe Area Hospital. Born February 19, 1929 he was the son of the late Peter and Marie Murray Shoup and was born, raised and lived in Emporium, PA. He was a 1948 graduate of Emporium High School and it was there that he met the love of his life, Marilyn “June” Shoup. The two enjoyed 71 years of marriage together, welcoming 2 children, 5 grandchildren, and 4 great grandchildren.
Jim worked for the Game Commission and retired from West Penn Power after 38 years of service. He was very active in the community, serving as a 4H Horse Club leader and later receiving a lifetime achievement award for the many years he served on the Penn State Extension Committee. He was a member of the Cameron County School Board for 25 years, 9 of those serving as president. He enjoyed spending time as a member of several clubs including the Emporium Men’s Club, Bucktailers Campers and Hikers, the Emporium Driftwood Lodge F&AM, and the Coudersport Consistory. He will be remembered fondly by those who knew him for his contagious smile, love of his family, caring heart, and big hugs.
Along with his loving wife, he is survived by his children: son Dennis (Rebecca) Shoup of Austell, GA, and daughter Mary (David) Maxwell of Latrobe, PA, and grandchildren: Robbie (Tracie) Graham with son Bennett and daughter Zodie, Dyanna (Andrew) McCown, Leah (David) Macias with daughters Isabel Clair and Emerson Maria, Gregory (Samantha) Maxwell, and Claire (Dominic Scalise) Maxwell.
In addition to his parents, Jim is preceded in death by his brothers John E. Shoup and
Robert M. Shoup.
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, there will be no visitation. A virtual, private service will be held Saturday January 2nd for immediate family at the First United Methodist Church in Emporium with Pastor Joe Short officiating. Burial will be in Newton Cemetery, Emporium, PA.
In his final years, Jim was lovingly cared for by the staff at Bethlen Home Memory Care Unit in Ligonier, PA. His family is forever grateful for their kindness and compassion for Jim and their other residents and request memorial donations in his memory be made to the Bethlen Home, 66 Cary School Rd, Ligonier, PA 15658 to continue their mission of caring for others. In addition, memorials can also be made to the First United Methodist Church, 306 Spruce St. or the 4H Program c/o Cameron County Courthouse, 20 East Fifth St., both in Emporium, PA 15834.
Arrangements are under the direction of Coppersmith-Condon Funeral Home, Emporium.

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