Ira E. Shipp, the father of associate professor of French and grants writer in the Office of External Relations Beth Nott, died Wednesday, Jan. 21, of complications related to illness at age 96½. Services for Shipp will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 24, at Memorial Park Funeral Home in Memphis, Tennessee, with burial later that day at Hillcrest Cemetery, followed by a reception at the Marshall County Historical Museum in Holly Springs, Mississippi. Instead of flowers please direct any memorials to the museum, the Church Health Center, or the charity of your choice.
Shipp a World War II and Korean War veteran of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, was a certified life underwriter in the insurance industry and lay leader in his church in Memphis. He and Elizabeth Cochran wed in Holly Springs on Dec. 12, 1943, and were married for 59 years until her death in 2002. According to Nott, her father led a full and vigorous life. He kept driving until he was 95 and married his surviving spouse, Lois, when he was 90. “He loved hunting and fishing and his hunting dogs,” said Nott, “and, he loved having fish fries with the fish he caught.”
For more information, consult the Memorial Park Funeral Home website at http://www.memorialparkfuneralandcemetery.com/obituaries/Ira-Shipp/#!/Obituary. The facility is located at 5668 Poplar Avenue, Memphis TN 38119.