Clifton J. Shipman

October 23, 1923 - November 21, 2010
Clifton J. Shipman

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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.


Wednesday, November 24, 2010
12:00 AM

First Baptist Church of Hendersonville - Directions
312 5th Avenue West
Hendersonville, NC 28739

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  • November 24, 2010
    Lowee M. Edney Joyal says:
    Family, I am so sorry for your loss. May God bless each one of you. Lowee Joyal

  • November 24, 2010
    Tyrone Cooley Robinson says:
    We will all pray for one another because everyone that knew MR.Clifton will surely be missed. God Bless

  • November 24, 2010
    Dwight and Carol Hill says:
    God bless the Shipman family during this difficult time. We are so very sorry for your loss.

  • November 24, 2010
    Bobby Stepp says:
    I worked at the cafeteria back in the 1990's. I wanted to extend my sympathy to all the family. I had alot of respect for Mr. Shipman. I am thankful for getting to know him, and work for him. I am praying for all of you.

  • November 24, 2010
    Jim and Judy (Bennett ) Wallace says:
    Precious Tom and Fran as well as other members of the family...our hearts go out to you and feel your pain as Jim and I have lost our parents. It is so very hard, so very hard but some times the bravest thing we can do is just get up in the morning. May God bless you and keep you safe in His hands always. Your dad was an incredible, incredible, honest, hardworking, giving man! I will always remember his famous smile. We love you both, Jim and Judy Wallace