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Bobby Shipes, age 77, of Baxley died Thursday, October 25, 2018 at his residence under the care of Comfort Care Hospice.
Mr. Shipes was born October 26, 1940 in Appling County to the late Elbert Shipes and the late Elvie Thomas Shipes. He attended the Church of God of Prophecy and worked for many years with Howard’s Custom Slaughtering and was the custodian of First Baptist Church.
Mr. Shipes was also preceded in death by his twin brother Bill Shipes, brother Jimmy Shipes, sisters Deanie Kersey and Lucy Overstreet; and a great granddaughter, Hope Lorianne Harmon.
Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Vinnie Hughes Shipes; son, Danny Shipes, Sr.; daughter, Sheri Lynn Shipes; grandsons, Danny Shipes, Jr. and Grady Wyman Shipes; granddaughter, Kristena Lynn Harmon; great grandchildren, Harley Lee Harmon, Haliegh Lynn Harmon, Hunter Leif Harmon, Lyla Irene Shipes, & Amya Grace Shipes; brothers, David “Chuppie” Shipes and Wadis Shipes; sisters, Dianne Wilson and Brenda Love; loving sisters-in-law, Bertie Shipes, Marina Newton, & Jean Kersey. Several nieces and nephews also survive.
Several special friends include Hilda Brannen, Pam Swain, Elesa Varnadore; his dogs who loved him dearly, Nell, Gizmo, & Taz.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, October 27, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. in the Chapel of Swain Funeral Home with Rev. Lester Weldon, Dr. Tommy Jordon, and Rev. Julian Griner officiating. Interment will follow in Pleasant Grove Cemetery.
Active pallbearers will be Michael Shipes, Jr., Kevin Shipes, Terry Kersey, Curtis Shipes, Samuel Hughes, & Rex Hughes.
Honorary pallbearers will be Dane Cauley, Dobbie Cauley, Dewey Cauley, Doug Cauley, Drew Cauley, Dennis Cauley, Charles Griffin, Tommy Youmans, Shane Youmans, Bill Tharpe, Roy McLung, Kenny Wright, & all friends in attendance.
Visitation will be Friday evening, 6-8 p.m., at Swain Funeral Home.
Arrangements are under the direction of Swain Funeral Home.