“She is more precious than rubies: and all the things thou canst desire are not to be compared to her.” — Proverbs 3:15
Edith B. Shipley, 86, departed this world for her heavenly home on August 23, 2011, at Wexford House in Kingsport after a brief illness.
She was born in Washington County on May 9, 1925, and lived most all of her life in Fall Branch. She graduated from Sulphur Springs High School and worked at Eastman Kodak for 17 years.
She was preceded in death by her parents: Jim and Ella Lovell Brown; her husband of 59 years, William “Bill” Shipley; sisters, Grace Jones and Gladys Hays; brothers, Will Brown and Glenn Brown.
Edith was a member of the First Baptist Church of Fall Branch and also enjoyed attending Sullivan Baptist Church when her health allowed. She enjoyed cooking, visiting with her friends and working in her flower gardens. She was known for her beautiful roses. Pink roses were her favorite.
She is survived by her loving and devoted son, Billy Shipley, adopted loving son, Robert “Pete” Peterson, very devoted sister Lucille Cody, all of Fall Branch; special nephew, Eddie Jones and wife, Emily, of Limestone; Gary Hays and wife, Mary Lou, of Limestone; sister-in-law Lawanda Brown, of Fall Branch; special cousins, The LeFevere Family, of North Carolina; many special friends and neighbors.
The family will receive friends on Thursday, August 25th, from 5-7:00 p.m. at Hamlett-Dobson, Fall Branch.
Services will follow at 7:00 p.m. with Rev. Ron Owens, Rev. Victor Wallace and Pastor Jeff Strong officiating. Friends may also visit at anytime at the home of Edith’s sister, Lucille Cody, Fall Branch.
Burial will be at the First Baptist Church of Fall Branch on Friday, August 26th, at 1:00 p.m. with Rev. Victor Wallace and Pastor Jeff Strong officiating. Family and friends are asked to meet at the funeral home chapel at 12:45 to go in procession to the cemetery. Pallbearers to be family and friends.
A special thank you and love to Amedisys Hospice Nurse Kris Tipton, Rev. Pelham and Connie, Rev. Wallace, Rev. Strong, Rev. Owens, doctors and nurses of Indian Path, Health South, all of Wexford House staff and fellow patients and their families for their friendship, love and support. Very special love and thank you to Virginia Pyle at Wexford House. You will always be loved and thought of as family.
Please visit www.hamlettdobson.com to leave an online condolence for the family.
Hamlett-Dobson Funeral Homes, Fall Branch, is serving the family of Edith Brown Shipley.