The morning of April 22, 2020 A legend of a cowboy rode his horse home. He was to stubborn and proud to fall from his horse.
He held his head high and did as he pleased. My grandpa, Grandbugar, Bugar Bill, William Shipley known by all these names was one hell of a man. He did not take crap from people and stood for what he believed in. His heart was golden, and he always took care of the people he loved. He was a man of many talents and many stories. He has left his mark on the world and on us. I take some comfort in knowing that the cattle in heaven will be fat and happy and well looked after and the yard at heavens front door will be mowed and tended 3 or 4 times a week. Bill Shipley will be missed dearly but please keep his memory alive by telling stories of who he was and what he did! William Hobart "Bill" Shipley, age 78, of Lenoir City passed away Wednesday morning, April 22, 2020 at Parkwest Medical Center. Bill drove a truck for Merita Bakery for many years. He showed cattle at county and state fairs most of his life always displaying his talent for being a licensed auctioneer. Bill enjoyed many things such as horses, mowing several times a week, and telling the tallest of tales to make people laugh and smile.
Bill is preceded in death by his parents, John Henry and Burt Shipley; sisters, Christine Feathers and Sara Bell Almany; brothers, John and Jim Shipley. He is survived by his daughters, Rhonda Cordero of Lenoir City, Debbie Christopher and husband David of Petros, Sara Trail and sweetheart Eddie Walls of Coalfield; grandchildren, Amanda Branch, Bryce Cordero, Jeremiah Cordero and Hank Trail; great grandchildren, Makenna, Emory and Sulli Branch; sisters, Rowena Bowers and Diana Gale Lloyd; brother, Dan Shipley; several nieces and nephews. Graveside services will be determined at a later date and will be held at Boones Creek Christian Church.