It is with saddened, but rejoicing hearts that the family of Zearl Edward Shipman, age 86, announce his passing on Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012. Zearl was born on July 18, 1926, in Kenefic, OK, the oldest of nine children, to Jim and Kate Shipman.
We will rejoice and celebrate his life at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013, at Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel with pastor Randy Davis of Lifeway Fellowship Baptist Church officiating. Burial will be at Memorial Park Cemetery. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.
Zearl grew up in and around Durant, OK and was drafted out of high school into World War II. When told he didn’t have to go because he was still in school, he said, “You can’t get a girlfriend unless you’re in a uniform – I’ll go!” He was sent to the Philippines to be part of the ground invasion of Japan but, fortunately, the war ended. Upon returning home, he met and married the love of his life, Missie McAlester on Sept. 1, 1948. As times were hard and jobs scarce in Oklahoma, Zearl moved his family to Mill City, OR, where he worked in the logging industry. The family moved to Amarillo in 1961, where he worked as a machinist for Berkeley Pump until the company relocated to Lubbock. He completed his work life at Bell Helicopter. He worked hard and always provided for his family.
Zearl was the Christian cornerstone for the family, and we feel so very blessed to have known him and been a part of his life. He was the best husband, dad, brother, uncle, friend and papaw that one could ever hope for. What a truly humble, great man!
He was preceded in death by his parents, Jim and Kate Shipman, and brothers, Calvin, Alvin, Blaine and Lane.
He is remembered by his wife, Missie, daughter, Sharon Morris and husband J. Clyde, daughter, Mitzi Leonard and husband Steve, son, Lynndon Shipman and wife Candy, all of Amarillo, and son, Gary Shipman and wife Mandy of Seabrook, TX, sister, Eveline Downs of Oklahoma City, brother, James Shipman and wife Pat of Greenville, TX, brothers Don Shipman and wife Rayann and brother Carl Ray of Durant, OK, ten grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.
The family wishes to thank the home hospice nurses Debbie and Linda, BSA Hospice staff, and their church family from Lifeway Fellowship Baptist Church.