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William Franklin "Bill" Shipley Sr.

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William "Bill" Franklin Shipley Sr. CAYCE Funeral service for William "Bill" Franklin Shipley, Sr., 90, of Cayce will be held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, July 3, 2014, at First Baptist Church of West Columbia, 400 State Street, West Columbia, SC 29169. Rev. Jody Ratcliffe will officiate. Burial will follow in Southland Memorial Gardens with military honors. Pallbearers will be Trae and Marc Shipley, Michael Hawkins, Chris Wicker, Steve Summers, Sammy Neal, and Jeffrey Whitesides. Honorary pallbearers are Ex-prisoner of War and the Purple Heart Association. The family will greet friends from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 2, 2014, at Thompson Funeral Home in West Columbia, 200 State Street, West Columbia, SC 29169. Mr. Shipley, beloved husband for 68 years to the late Lou Summer Shipley, passed away on Monday, June 30, 2014. Born in Skidmore, MO, he was a son of the late Elva Franklin Shipley and Mattie Mae Kelly Shipley. Bill had been an area resident since 1943, and was formerly of Burlington Junction, MO. He enlisted in the United States Army during WW II. After being discharge from the Army he enlisted in the Air Force Reserve and served during the Korean conflict and was later discharged from the United States Air Force as a staff sergeant. Bill operated a 2½ton truck while serving with the 106th Infantry Division in England, France and Belgium. e hauled ammunition, road blocking and bridge equipment, personnel and supplies. He was captured in the Battle of the Bulge at St. Vith, France, on December 21, 1944, remained a Prisoner of War for five months and was liberated on May 13, 1945. Bill was awarded a Purple Heart for wounds received in action. He was owner and operator of Shipley's Homes, Inc. Surviving are his son, William Franklin "Franke" Shipley, Jr.(Linda) of Gaston; daughter, Paula S. Hawkins (Carl) of Lexington; grandchildren, Trae and Marc Shipley, Lisa H. Wicker (Chris) and Michael Hawkins (Beth); great-grandchildren Caitlin, Liam and Landon Shipley, Bradley, Austin, Cameron Grace and Davis Wicker and Wilson Hawkins; eight sisters, Bonnie Kemp (Charlie) of Columbia, MO, Georgia Sheridan of Maryville, MO, Judy Nelson (Max) of Bethany, MO, Terry Glasgo of Branson, MO; brothers, Bert Shipley (Fonda) of Shenandoah, IA, and Don Shipley (Wava) of Omaha, NE. He was preceded in death by two great- grandchildren, Alex and Brayden Wicker; sisters, Marie Buckalew, Mae Forsythe and Lillian June Shipley; brother, Ivol Shipley. Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church of West Columbia, "Such as a Time as This," PO Box 4898, West Columbia, SC 29171. On-line condolences may be sent to
Published in The State from July 2 to July 3, 2014
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