February 24, 1926 ~ May 18, 2009

Born in: Boncombe Co., NC,
Resided in: Fletcher, NC

Thomas Hosea Shipman Fletcher ~ Thomas Hosea Shipman, 83, of Fletcher, died Monday, May 18, 2009 at the Elizabeth House. A native of Buncombe County, he was a son of the late Hosey and Minnie L. Hair Shipman. Thomas was also preceded in death by his first wife, Charm Muriel Shipman, who died in 1987 and an infant son, Stephen Shipman. Thomas is survived by his wife, Eula Bernice Lambdin Shipman; one daughter, Marcia Gail Shipman King and her husband, Scot, of Flat Rock; two sons, Roger Shipman and his wife, Marie, of Hendersonville and Gary Brian "Billy" Shipman and his wife, Sherrie, of Fletcher; two step-daughters, Kimberly Webb and her husband, Craig and Pamela Duncan, all of Fletcher; two step-sons, Dennis Crawford and his wife, Traci, of Etowah and Robert Crawford and his wife, Gloria, of Horse Shoe; one granddaughter, Brittany King of Flat Rock and eight step-grandchildren, Katie, Nicole, Lindsey, Colby, Tiffany, Travis, Stephanie and Michael. A member of Boiling Springs Baptist Church, he was a veteran of the United States Army, serving during WWII. He was employed as a truck driver for McLean Trucking for 35 years. As a baseball coach, he taught many young men the excitement of winning and how to be gracious when you lost. He gave praise when it was due, discipline when needed – always with love. His legacy will live in the lives of the young and old alike. He instilled the love of the Lord in his children and inspired us to always look up when we were down. As he walks with our Heavenly Father and all of his loved ones gone before, we are left here to celebrate his spirit. A man larger than life – we love you Dad, Papa, Uncle Tom. Husband, father, grandfather, mentor of many, loved by all…his spirit lives in the many lives he touched during his lifetime. "We will see you in the tu-lips that bloom – We will feel your warmth in the morning sun – We will hear your voice as the birds sing – We will feel your touch in the gentle breeze – We will see your smile in the blue sky – We will always feel your love". A funeral service will be held at 2:00 PM on Friday, May 22, 2009 in the chapel of Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian with the Revs. Cecil Robinson and Robert Ponder officiating. Interment will follow at New Salem Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 PM on Thursday, May 21, 2009 at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to the Elizabeth House, 581 S. Allen Road, Flat Rock, NC 28731.

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  1. Sorry for your loss. I have lots of great memories of Mr. Shipman. Roger and I spent a bunch of time together and Mr. Shipman always treated me nice. He was a good man.


  2. Billy, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Just remember your loss is heaven’s gain. Your dad was a great man and you will be reunited with him one day. I have you and your family in my thoughts and prayers. God bless, Cheryl

  3. Gary, I am sorry for your loss. I understand what you are going through as I lost my father six years ago in February. It’s not easy, but God’s grace will carry you and yours through these days ahead. You will be in my thoughts and prayers. With deepest sympathy, Alton

  4. Dear Family,
    I am very sorry for your loss. Tom was a sweet man. He always had a kind word to say when he saw you. We will miss him. I pray that God will give you the comfort that only He can provide. You all are in our prayers.

  5. Marsha,I am so sorry for the loss of your Dad, He was special,He was my Dad’s favorite cousin. Know that all of you are in my prayers, Only time will ease the pain a little.
    God Bless
    Your cousin Lois

  6. Roger and Billy, I am so sorry to here about your Dad. Tom was always a good man, every time I seen him he would speak, I will miss him. I will pray for you guys. Hope to see you soon. your friend Doug

  7. Eula, Marsha, Roger, Billy and all I am praying for you. I am going to miss seeing Tom riding around all over Fletcher. I know he hasn’t for a long time but almost everytime I was on the road so was Tom. May God reach down and wrap each of you in his arms and bring comfort to you. A Friend and Neighbor.
    Love to all,
    Theresa Lance D’Amore

  8. Pop was here for me when my dad passed away in 2001. Since then he has filled my dads shoes. He was a kind man who wasn’t afraid to tell you what he thought even if the truth hurt. I will forever miss him! I know where he is now and that is my biggest comfort. I pray that his children will always stay the family he wanted them to be. I love you all very much and I will do my best to always be an asset to this family. Pop, I love you and I’m going to miss you terribly but I know that I’ll see you again someday when I hear the Angels trumpets blare!

  9. Eula & Family,
    Bob & I were so sorry to hear of the loss of a great man like Tom.He will be missed,but we are so thankful for the memories he has left with us. Please know that you & your family are in our thoughts & prayers.God bless you

  10. We are so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. May God give you strength, peace, and comfort now and in the days ahead. Love in Christ,

  11. To Tommy’s dearest family and friends, we extend our deepest sympathy at the loss of your loved one. Praying that your grieving time will be short as you celebrate Tommy’s beautiful life of service to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. ‘Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints.’ Psalm 116:15 Loving and praying for all.

  12. Eula,and family I’m truly sorry to here of Tom’s passing. He was a good man and I will remember him holding that coffee cup for a refil.He’s with our LORD now with a cup aplenty!!GOD BLESS you all

  13. Dear Mrs. Shipman and Family:
    We express our deepest sympathy in the loss of Tom. He was a dear friend and good neighbor when I lived in that area. He was loved my many and will greatly be missed by all those who knew him. May God be with you and comfort you.

    Tom and Sandy

  14. Eula and family, Margaret and I are praying for you during this difficult time. Tom was a wonderful Christian man and a great friend to us. He was always encouraging and supportive of our ministry through our years of ministry there in Henderson county. He was never at a loss for words and always had a story to tell from the past. Tom touched so many lives that his reward will be great. Eula God has given you a special gift of caring and we are thankful for the care you gave to Tom. Remember I Peter 5:7!! God is now enjoying those stories and Heaven is brighter with Tom there. I am sure we will join him there soon!!
    In His Service,
    Roy and Margaret Perry

  15. Dear ‘TOMS’ Family and especially the children. Peace & Grace to you all! Many years ago I spent a lot of time talking to Tom at the West Youth Football practice field, a group HE served well. Know his spirit will always be with you every day. Fond memories of all of you and blessing to you all.
    Pat Redmond

  16. Eula,My sister,
    I knew Tom as a stong christian. He always made us laugh at times gone by. May he rest in the arms of JESUS. I LOVE YOU, Carol

  17. Dear Eula:
    I am so sorry to hear of Tom’s passing at such a late date. I have so many found memories of Tom growing up with all of you next door.

    I was looking for a way to contact Billy and found this. We are so sorry to have not been there at the time of your loss. Please accept my condolences and pass on my contact information to Pam, Kim and to Billy.

    Peace be with you-
    Anita Rice Metcalf


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