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In Memory of

William Manford Shipman

March 15, 1922 - June 9, 2017

Obituary


William Manford "Bill" Shipman passed away June 9 at his home in the East End. He was 95. Bill grew up on a farm in Henrico County, and was still planting and harvesting vegetables near the old family farm well into his 90s. He married Alice Smith in 1942, shortly before he left Virginia to serve in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. He left the service as a Staff Sergeant in 1946. He spent his entire career with Colonial Stores, and worked as a carpenter with David Smith, his friend and...

William Manford "Bill" Shipman passed away June 9 at his home in the East End. He was 95. Bill grew up on a farm in Henrico County, and was still planting and harvesting vegetables near the old family farm well into his 90s. He married Alice Smith in 1942, shortly before he left Virginia to serve in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. He left the service as a Staff Sergeant in 1946. He spent his entire career with Colonial Stores, and worked as a carpenter with David Smith, his friend and brother in law, for many years after retiring. The idea of not working after retirement apparently never occurred to him. Aside from hard work of all kinds, his true passions were military history and fishing. If there was a book published about the Civil War, Bill had read it at least once. And from freshwater ponds to tidal rivers to the Chesapeake Bay, fish lived in fear of Bill Shipman. Bill was an active member of Fort Lee Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his wife of seventy-one years, Alice Shipman, and his son Randy Shipman. He is survived by daughter, Sharon Dietrich; son, Kent Shipman (Karen); grandchildren, Matt Shipman (Julia); Rachael Tolliver (Chris); Shalor Toncray; Molly Toncray; 10 great-grandchildren; and his partner in farming and fishing for four decades, Ivan Jefferson. The family will receive visitors Thursday, June 15, from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m at Nelsen Funeral Home, 4650 S. Laburnum Ave., Richmond. A funeral service will be held at 12 p.m. on Friday, June 16, at Fort Lee Baptist Church, 2727 Charles City Rd., Richmond, followed by a fellowship meal. Interment will follow in Washington Memorial Park at 3 p.m.. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Honor Flight Historic Triangle Virginia, www.honorflighthtva.org or HFHTV, P.O. Box 135, Williamsburg, VA 23187. Online condolences may be made at www.nelsenrichmond.com.