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J.W. Shipley

Died: Wed., Jul. 27, 2016

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J.W. Shipley- Piney Flats

J.W. Shipley, 86, passed away July 27, 2016 at NHC Healthcare of Johnson City. He was born October 10, 1929 in Piney Flats to the late Mr. Robert Lee Shipley and Nora Grace. J.W. was retired from Gordons Furniture and attended Rocky Springs Baptist Church. He was a simple man that enjoyed bringing a smile to people’s faces. In his spare time, he enjoyed working on lawn mowers. J.W. found great pleasure in handing out candy on ‘his route’ through the city. There is a great chance that someone you know has received a piece of candy from J.W. sometime during his many years of doing this.

In addition to his parents, J.W. is preceded in death by a sister, Anna Lee Shipley King; brothers, Willard and John Henry; and 3 great-grandchildren, Allie, Brooklyn and Chloe.

Those left to cherish his memory are: his loving wife of 68 years, Allie; son, Allen W. Shipley (Judy) of Johnson City; sister, Rena Lewis of Piney Flats; brothers, Wendell Shipley (Ann) of Gray, Robert Shipley (Shirley) of Kingsport and Donald L. Shipley (Anna Jane) of Piney Flats; 3 grandchildren, Derek Wagner (Dawn), Robin Hartley (Chris) and Heather Coonley (Matthew); 9 great grandchildren, Dylan, Dakota, Dawson, Hannah, Madilyn, Parker, Kyla, David and Emma; several nieces and nephews; and way too many special friends at NHC and throughout the area to list.

There will be no services held at this time.

In lieu of flowers, please make memorial contributions to CEF, 908 Chase Drive #1B, Johnson City, TN 37604 or the recreation at NHC Healthcare of Johnson City.

The family would like to thank the staff at Caris Hospice and NHC of Johnson City for the care and compassion shown to the ‘Candyman’, also lovingly known as ‘Poppa J’.

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.snydersmemorialgardens.com Snyder’s Memorial Gardens is serving the family with honor. 

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Debbie Rogers
   Posted Sun July 31, 2016
So sorry for your loss. He was a good man and so sweet to me just for the short time I knew him. He will be greatly missed I said today at work I miss my candy man !Going to miss my little Debbie cakes to. Praying for you and the family. Love you guys !!

Lora Morrison
   Posted Tue August 02, 2016
so sorry for your loss. this wonderful sweet man would come into piney flats food city and get a few things and always a smile on his face. i needed a lawn mower and another lady that works with me said he was the one to see for a lawn mower. he brought one in and i said how much he said is 35 too much? i gladly handed him 35 and i still have the mower. i had heard that he had went into the nursing home where his wife was. i miss seeing him and his overalls. reminded me of my own grandpa. God bless your family. prayers for you all.
Sincerly, Lora Morrison

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