Alvah Gordon Shipley
Chesapeake - Alvah Gordon Shipley, 96, passed away on Tuesday, September 10, 2013. He was born in Norfolk and raised in the Berkley section of the city. Alvah was the son of the late Susan Ann and James Edward Shipley and was the loving husband for over forty years to the late Mildred Santerseiro Shipley. He was the last of the Shipley clan of Berkley, besides his parents he was predeceased by his seven brothers and six sisters. Al served his country in the United States Army and was one of six brothers who were in WWII
at the same time. He landed on Omaha Beach with Company F 8th Infantry on June 6, 1944 also known as D-Day. Two week later he was wounded in action while directing mortar fire against a German counterattack on the Cotentin Peninsula in France. After obtaining the rank of sergeant he was awarded the Bronze Star
and Purple Heart
for his action.
Al was a long time member of South Norfolk Baptist Church; an active member of the Niner's Senior Citizen Club and he loved to sing. He retired from Fort Dix as a butcher with the army food services group.
He is survived by several nieces and nephews; his good and faithful friend, Doris Estes; and a constant light in his later years that provided love and care to him was his guardian angel, Jeannie Briggs, the family can never thank her enough for her wonderful care. The family also wishes to thank Beth Shalom for the great and loving care to him.
A graveside service to celebrate his life will be held Friday, September 13, at 12 Noon at Riverside Memorial Park, Norfolk. There will be no formal visitation viewing will be Thursday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Graham Funeral Home. Please visit his book of memories at www.grahamfuneralhome.com
to leave a note to the family.