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James Franklin Shipley

August 11, 1962 — July 16, 2023

James Franklin Shipley, a man of kindness, humor, and selflessness, passed away from complications of Covid-19 on July 16, 2023, at St. Francis Hospital in Greenville, South Carolina. Born on August 11, 1962, in Murphysboro, Illinois, James lived a life filled with love, laughter, and an unwavering dedication to his family and friends.

The son of the late Oscar Franklin Shipley and Connie Mae Mezzic. James was a beacon of joy and resilience in his family. His father, Oscar, predeceased him, but his mother, Connie, continues to live a life filled with the strength and spirit that she imparted to her son. James was the domestic partner of Georgette Wilson for over two decades, and he had a beloved daughter, Vicky Shipley. He was the cherished brother of Connie Rumage (Paul), Starr Martin (Matthew), Hope Adams and brother Billy Joiner who passed away in 2016. James enjoyed his family & his legacy continues through his nephews, nieces, great-nieces, and great-nephews, who will always remember him for his kindness and his unique sense of humor.

James was a hardworking individual who valued education and personal growth. Although he earned his GED in life, he was a lifelong learner with a particular passion for history. His interest in the past was not limited to textbooks, as he loved to watch western movies & documentaries, immersing himself in the stories of a time gone by.

He was a dedicated employee at HWH Corporation, where he served as an injection mold operator in the plastics industry. His colleagues remember him as a reliable and diligent worker, always ready to lend a helping hand and brighten the day with his infectious laugh.

James had a deep appreciation for culture, particularly that of Louisiana. He was an avid fan of Mud Bugs and Cajun food, often delighting his family and friends bringing ice chests of Louisiana’s finest food to share at his home. James had a deep love for culture in Louisiana that extended beyond the kitchen, as he enjoyed learning about different traditions and histories. His curiosity and open-mindedness made him a favorite conversationalist.

In the words of Maya Angelou, "People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." This quote encapsulates James's life perfectly. He was a man who touched the hearts of many with his kindness and selflessness. His ability to light up a room with his humor, his readiness to put others before himself, and his unwavering love for his family are what he will be remembered for.

James Franklin Shipley's life was one of love, laughter, and dedication. His memory will live on in the hearts of everyone who had the privilege of knowing him. As we remember James, we celebrate his life and the joy he brought into our lives. His legacy is a reminder for all of us to live with kindness, humor, and selflessness, just as he did….
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