1937 Thomas 2021

Thomas Young Shipman Sr.

November 28, 1937 — February 10, 2021

Thomas Y. "Pop" Shipman, Sr. passed away on February 10, 2021 after a four year battle with Alzheimer's. Born in Sumter, South Carolina on November 28, 1937, he lived most of his childhood in an orphanage along with his brother, Robert A. Shipman of Mesa, Arizona. Upon leaving there he joined the Navy and served on the USS Randolph, an aircraft carrier as a flight deck mechanic. While in service, he saved a shipmate from drowning while out to sea. This friendship brought him back to his South Carolina roots, and to the meeting of his loving wife, Sarah Shumpert, deceased on February 26, 2008. They married in March of 1960. Working as a mechanic until retiring in 1998, he resided in the Clinton/Brandywine area of Maryland while raising a family. Beloved husband, father, grandfather, he is survived by his children: Elizabeth, Dorothy (John) Ritter, Jimmy and Thomas, Jr.; three grandsons: Jesse (Tara) Ritter, Greg Ritter and Blake Shipman; and two great-grandsons: Bradley and Cameron Ritter. He will best be remembered for his love of fishing, tools, and practical jokes. Always willing to speak up and tell jokes; he met no strangers. His fun loving nature brought him lifelong friendships that he treasured. The family asks that in lieu of flowers donations be made to the Alzheimer's Association or to the Wounded Warrior Project in his honor. Due to COVID protocols, the family has elected to not have a visitation or service at this time. He will be cremated and laid to rest at a later date at St. John's Lutheran Church in Pelion, South Carolina. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Thomas Young Shipman Sr. please visit our Sympathy Store.
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