Eugene Clyde Shumate, 48, a former business editor for the old Washington Daily News, did Friday at Holy Cross Hospital after suffering a heart attack a week earlier.

Born in Atlanta, Mr. Shumate came to Washington with his family when he was five. He began a 20-year career with the Washington Daily News in 1952 as a copyboy while he was attending American University.

After less than a year as copyboy, Mr. Shumate became a reporter and feature writer for the newspaper.He handled various assignments before specializing in business news and becoming the paper's business editor.

While he was business editor, Mr. Shumate wrote a series of articles that led to the legalization of sidewalk cafes in Washington.

"The series was indicative of the kind of man and the kind of editor he was," said George Clifford, a former Daily News writer and colleague. "He saw a chance to make some good or the people of the city, some fun, and a chance to liven up the town."

Clifford said Mr. Shumate was business editor of the newspaper from 1956 to 1967. When the Daily News closed in 1972, Mr. Shumate, who then worked as a makeup editor for the paper, became a freelance writer.

Mr. Shumate is survived by his wife, Grace, of the home in Silver Spring, his mother, Willie Mae Shumate of Silver Spring; a daughter, Gretchen Jolles, of Gaithersberg; three grandchildren, Rebecca, Peter and Jamie, all of Gaithersberg, and a sister, Mildred Murphy, of Silver Spring.