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
    Magallon Family says:
    He will always be remembered as you share the stories and the memories of how he lived his life and how very much he meant, may you find comfort...And, throughout this difficult time, may you also know the deep sympathy and concern that is felt for you and all your family. I have fought the fine fight, I have run the course to the finish, I have observed the faith.-2Timothy 4:7. As for me, I will lie down that I may sleep; I shall certainly awake, for Jehovah himself keeps supporting me. -Psalms 3:5

  • November 24, 2010
    Dick Pressley says:
    To the entire Shipman Family, It was with Great sorrow that I learned of Cliff's passing. Please accept my heartfelt condolence. I will always fondly remember Cliff for the life lessons he provided. To the town of Hendersonville, he provided income from the many businesses he created from nothing. To the residents of Henderson county he gave places to enjoy good food and fellowship while arriving in clean autos. And to the youth of the area, Cliff provided many of us with those all important first jobs. He validated our need for self importance by trusting us enough to work for him. There are thousands of us that will always carry appreciative memories of Cliff for the contributions he made to our lives. His passing leaves Henderson County a little less whole. I join all the others around you in the saddness felt in Cliff's passing...Your friend, Dick

  • November 24, 2010
    Dave & Krista Montgomery says:
    Keeping the entire family in our thoughts and prayers.

  • November 24, 2010
    Lynn Lewis says:
    Much sympthy to all the family. Cliff wasn't only my employer, but also a true friend. He always looked out for my best interest. Heaven received a true angel.

  • November 23, 2010
    Ronald G. Brown says:
    My prayers go out to the Shipman family. I am very sad to learn of Mr. Shipman's passing. I remember Mr. Shipman very well from the mid to late 1960's when I was at HHS. My mother worked for him at his restaurant. We always thought a great deal of Mr. Shipman and wish the family well.