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ETSU student killed in crash was an organ donor

Staff Report • Apr 16, 2019 at 12:00 AM

An East Tennessee State University student’s death helps the lives of six others. 

Zoe Shipley, 17, died on Wednesday, April 10, from injuries suffered in a car crash three days prior in Jonesborough on Dry Creek Road. According to her obituary provided to the Johnson City Press by Appalachian Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Shipley was an organ donor and her donation went to save the lives of six people.

In the crash report, Tennessee Highway Patrol Trooper Adam Storie stated that Shipley’s vehicle entered the southbound lane of Dry Creek Road near the intersection with Fire Tower Road about 9:30 a.m. April 7, striking another vehicle head on. That vehicle’s driver, James R. Butler, 55, Johnson City, and a passenger in Shipley’s vehicle, Sarah Edmondson, 64, Johnson City, were injured.

An ETSU student, Shipley began classes in January, having finished her required credits at David Crockett High School in December. She would have graduated high school in May. Shipley was studying to be a forensic psychologist. 

Shipley was born in Johnson City and was a Washington County resident. 

There will be a celebration of life service on Tuesday, April 16, at 6 p.m. at Cherry Grove Baptist Church, 104 Cherry Grove Road in Jonesborough. Shipley’s family will receive friends Tuesday before the service, starting at 3 p.m. 

The service will conclude with a balloon release in front of the church.  

In lieu of flowers, donations in Shipley’s name may be made to the Washington County-Johnson City Animal Shelter, 3411 N. Roan St., Johnson City, TN 37601, or to the Southern Appalachian Ronald McDonald House, 418 N. State of Franklin Road, Johnson City, TN 37604.

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