Clifton J. Shipman, 87, of Flat Rock, NC, died Sunday, November 21, 2010 at the Elizabeth House.
A native and lifelong resident of Henderson County, he was the son of the late Seldon and Lula Sherman Shipman. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Frances Kuykendall and brother, Jimmie Shipman.
Mr. Shipman attended Hendersonville High School and was honored by being inducted into the schoolís Hall of Fame. He graduated from Blue Ridge School for Boys.
A World War II veteran, he served as an Army Staff Sergeant in Italy. He attended Pinecrest Presbyterian Church and was a member of the Hendersonville First Baptist Church.
Mr. Shipman was a successful entrepreneur, respected community leader and prominent businessman in Henderson County. His main concerns in life were his church, his family and his business.
He is survived by his beloved wife of 62 years, Delores Jones Shipman of Flat Rock; his children, Barbara Huntley and husband, Roy, of Flat Rock; Tom Shipman and wife, Fran, of Hendersonville; Janet Corn and husband, Foy, of Hendersonville; and Shane Shipman and wife, Miranda, of Atlanta, GA; his brother, S.E.îBuddyî Shipman, Jr. and wife, Mary, of Hendersonville; seven grandchildren; and twelve great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at 1 PM Wednesday, November 24, at the Hendersonville First Baptist Church. The Reverends Ryan Pack and Charles B. Evans will officiate. A reception will be held at The Cedars immediately following the service. Burial will be private.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in memory of Clifton Shipman to Four Seasons Compassion for Life, 571 S. Allen Road, Flat Rock, NC 28731.
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