Eva Hazel Shipley, 91, of Sale Creek, Tenn., made her final journey as she travelled to her heavenly home on Friday, June 4, 2021. Born on Nov. 20, 1929 in Evarts, Ky., she was the fourth of nine children of Ernest H. and Nellie Mae King. Hazel, as she was known, moved with her family to Dayton in 1943, graduating from the eighth grade at Dayton City School in 1944. In 1946 she met her future husband, Roy Shipley Jr., when he returned home from serving in the U.S. Army in the Pacific during World War II. They married in 1948 and settled in Sale Creek where she remained until her death. Hazel was a member of Sale Creek First Baptist Church for over 70 years, serving as the Church Clerk for five decades. During that time, she also taught Sunday School, most often with the younger classes of children. Hazel often spoke fondly of her time teaching Sunday School. She was a great cook well known for her fresh apple cake, but like many of her generation, didn’t use recipes as she cooked and baked from memory. In later years, she enjoyed watching the Tennessee Volunteers and Army play college football games on television, especially the Army-Navy game, as she cheered on the Big Orange and Army to victories. Hazel also enjoyed countless hours of Hallmark movies and episodes of JAG, as her family believed she had a not-so-secret crush on David James Elliott. She enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, never being too busy to eat the pretend food or to color, draw, or read.
Hazel was preceded in death by her husband, Roy Shipley Jr.; brothers Clyde, Clarence, Claude, Clayton, and Clinton King; sister, Aileen King; son, William Shipley; daughter-in-law, Mildred Shipley; and son-in-law, James P. Morgan.
She is survived by her daughter, Judy Morgan; son, Roy Jonathan (Sandra) Shipley; sisters, Mary Ann Rankhorn and Iris (Kenny) Robinson; grandsons, James (Leslie) Morgan, Jason Morgan, and Heath (Tonia) Thomason; granddaughter, Lori (Gregg) Roberson; great-grandchildren, Austin Morgan, Nicole (Stephen) Ogle, Leonna Denton, Jada Neal, and Kenzo Roberson; honorary grandchildren, Wesley Scates-Keltch, Jeanna Keltch, Matthew Haston, Sydney Haston, Kara Stulce and Dakota Waters; two great-great-grandsons; and many nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. on Monday, June 7, 2021, at Williamson & Sons Funeral Home. Services will be held at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, June 8, 2021, at Sale Creek First Baptist Church with Pastor Michael Redden and Pastor Rocky Bradford officiating. Interment will follow at Hamilton Memorial Gardens.
Condolences and memories can be shared at www.williamsonandsons.com.
Arrangements are by Williamson and Sons Funeral Home, 8852 Dayton Pike, Soddy Daisy, TN 37379.