November 3, 1939 ~ November 25, 2022

Born in: Jackson County, NC
Resided in: Arden, NC

Arden- Doris “Todd” Graham Shipman, 83, of Arden, died Friday, November 25, 2022 at Heather Glen at Ardenwoods.

A native of Jackson County, she was a daughter of the late Frank and Charlotte Queen Allison. She was also preceded in death by her first husband, John Graham, who died in 2002, her second husband, James Shipman, who died in 2017 as well as a brother, Clyde R. Allison.

She is survived by her son, Tony D. Graham (Rachel) of Arden; two brothers, Daniel H. Allison of Whittier and Robert H. Allison (Sandra) of Burnsville; sister-in-law, Katherine Allison of Whittier; two granddaughters, Hannah Sorrells and Haley Graham; two great-grandchildren, Marlow and Madelyn Sorrells as well as several nephews.

A Graveside Service will be held at 2:00 PM on Thursday, December 1, 2022 at Roberts Memorial Park in Arden. A memorial service will also be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a contribution to either the Alzheimer’s Association ( or to Oak Grove Christian Church in Arden.

Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian is assisting the family.


Graveside Service: December 1, 2022 2:00 pm

Roberts Memorial Park
Long Shoals Road
Arden, NC 28704


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  1. Todd was a wonderful example of a christian woman for many of us ladies at Oakgrove Christian Church. She was devoted to the Church, a wonderful Sunday School teacher, and a faithful prayer warrior. I will always remember Todd for the encouraging cards and messages she sent to Ted and me during his long battle with cancer. Praying for comfort for the family.

  2. I am truly saddened to hear of Todd’s passing. She was a 2nd mom to me . I always looked forward to spending time with her and John. She was a Christian and taught me how to be faithful in all things. Her race is over, my prayers are for Tony and his family. Love Diana.

  3. Todd was a strong supporter of Oak Grove Christian Church. She was a close friend to the Preacher that preceeded David Frye. She followed his progress after his move to the west coast. A true “saint” always helping in the community.

  4. It has been said that when people are filled with the Holy Spirit, have a thriving relationship with God, seek each day to follow the example of Jesus Christ, there is a significant glow about them. There is a difference in their step, their personality, how they serve and encourage others, and how they handle worldly problems. Todd was the best example of that Christian glow in our world. Always a friend, always encouraging. She will be missed by many but not forever. She will greet us again with the same smile she always shared. Our prayers for her family.

  5. Todd was a blessing to all who met her. A faithful servant of our Lord in all she did. A committed member to Oak Grove Christian Church where she served in many capacities. Todd loved to teach, sing, serve, and be a faithful example for her Lord. A true Saint has gone to her eternal home.

  6. So sorry to hear of Todds passing..she was a special lady..and a neighbor for many years…Heaven gained a beautiful lady.God bless ..and comfort family..

  7. So sorry to hear about Perri’s passing. I worked with her at Asheville Radiology Breast Center. We always knew her as Perri. I was so saddened to hear she passed. I admired her Christian faith and her work ethic. She was so kind to me when I started working there. We all envied her beautiful salads she would bring for lunch. When I had a surgery and was out of work she drove all the way to Burnsville and brought me food. I will never forget her kindness. After she retired we always looked forward to her peanut brittle at Christmas. She was one of a kind. My prayers are with y’all that God give you peace during this time. We will see her again one day!

    • So true Amy. Perri was a great mentor to all of us in our department. She lived her faith every day and set such a fine example of how to live a Christian life. I learned so much from her that has helped me over the years. We all loved you. Rest In Peace knowing
      God is watching over your family. Betty Sanders

  8. Rest in peace dear Perri. I had the privilege to work with you for over 20 years and came to cherish your thoughtfulness, kindness and integrity. I agree with Amy, you were one of a kind. The world will be a little less bright without you.

  9. So very sorry to hear about Perry.
    Worked together with her for many years. She was a special lady and always professional.
    Just a beautiful individual .

  10. I was saddened to hear about Perri’s passing. I always admired her faith, which was evident in all aspects of her life. Perri was a dedicated and hard working technologist. She truly shined when talking about Tony and her granddaughters, her love of them was unconditional. While experiencing this precious loss, the family will be in my thoughts and prayers.

  11. Sad to hear of Perri’s passing. She was a special lady. She was the first technologist I was with as a student. She put me right to work. 🙂 I learned so much from her then and over the years. Peace and comfort to her family.


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