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Lou Shipley, KNOXVILLE

Published May 25th, 2014 10:15 pm

Edna “Lou” Shipley 72 of Knoxville passed away Saturday May 24, 2014.
Lou was born in Johnson City TN and had lived in the Knoxville area for over 50 years; she was retired from retail sales.
Lou is survived by 3 daughters; Rhonda Jane Cordero and husband Ben; Debra Kay Christopher and husband Jake; Sara Elizabeth Trail and husband Ott; sister Linda Sue Guinn; brother Billy Joe Guinn; 4 grand children; Benjamin Bryce Cordero; Jeremiah Wade Cordero; Hank Allen Joseph Trail; and Amanda Lee Branch.
The family will receive friends from 5 PM to 7 PM Tuesday May 27 at Highland West Funeral Home 9913 Sherrill Blvd. Knoxville with funeral service to follow at 7 PM. Graveside services will be held 11 AM Wednesday May 28 at Highland West Cemetery 9913 Sherrill Blvd Knoxville.
In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to the Holston United Methodist Home for Children 404 Holston Dr, Greeneville, TN 37743. Please visit our online guestbook at
Lou was a daughter of the late Ruby Jones Guinn. In addition to her mother, she was preceded in death by her brother, Robert Sherin “Bobby” Guinn. She was a 1960 graduate of Boones Creek High School and attended Steed College in Johnson City.
Prior to her marriage, she was employed at Free Service Tire Company and worked as an assistant in the Johnson City dental office of Dr. Carson Blevins. Lou married William Hobart “Bugar Bill” Shipley in 1963 and for many years was a stay at home mother for her three daughters. She was employed as supervisor of cashiers at Kmart on Kingston Pike for 28 years. Following her retirement she returned to work as a cashier at Kroger on Northshore Drive.
The oldest of her siblings and all of her cousins, Lou was the ultimate baby sitter and briefly operated a day care in her home in the Bluegrass community. She loved people and was seldom without her contagious smile and have fun attitude. She was a talented seamstress and a prolific quilter who gave her quilts to her loved ones as quickly as they were completed. Lou was dear to all who knew her and will live forever in our hearts.