John Liming Shoup was born April 26, 1976, to Samuel and Nina Shoup, the youngest of three boys, and grew up in his hometown of Ashland, Mississippi. He graduated from Ashland High School in 1994 and attended Northeast Community College, where he studied precision manufacturing and machining technology (tool and die). He joined the Ashland Volunteer Fire Department when he turned 18 and served for 20 years, eventually reaching the rank of captain.
He met the woman who would become his wife, Jessi Stone, in 1995, and they married in 1998. In May of 2001, John and Jessi welcomed their first of three children, a son, Jacob Fisher Shoup. Sarah Grace Shoup followed in June 2006, and John Blake Shoup in November 2007.
John worked for the family business in Ashland most of his life. Working alongside his father and brother brought him great joy, and being able to bring his children to work with him was one of the perks of working for his family. He spent as much time as he could with his wife and children, attending every ballgame, practice, dance recital, and school program. He cherished his children above all and instilled in them the love of family and for the outdoors. John was an avid hunter, but mostly he loved fishing, often competing in tournaments with his friends and Jacob. During hunting season he could often be found sitting in a deer stand with Sarah and Blake. He baked cupcakes with Sarah and built Lego tractors with Blake. He and Jacob spent all their free time together. He loved Jessi with all his heart and always said she was the love of his life.
John’s goal in life was to be a great father, husband, and Christian. He always had a smile on his face and had a great sense of humor. John’s laughter and smile will be forever missed by his wife and children; his parents; his in-laws, Sen. Bill and Debbie Stone; his brothers, Michael (Kristy) and Trey (Jennifer); his brothers-in-law, Will Stone (Crystal) and Adam Stone (Rachel); his nieces, Michaela, Emily, Anna, and Lydia; and his nephews, David and Alex. Being Uncle John to these kids made him so happy. He went out of his way to spoil the kids and was always there for them.