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Willie Earl Shipp

    December 3, 1947  -  September 1, 2013

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Born: December 3, 1947

Place of Birth: Virginia Beach, VA USA

Death: September 1, 2013

Place of Death: Charlottesville, VA USA

Occupation: Field Acct. Rep.

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Willie Earl Shipp “shagged” into Heaven at sunrise on Sept. 1, 2013 dancing and singing a hallelujah as he joined his loving Ma and family.
He was born at home on Dec. 3, 1947 to the late Allen D. and Mattie Mae Shipp. He was predeceased by his siblings, Vonnie Pallett, Allen R. Shipp, Robt. G. Shipp, Dennis L. Shipp and Nina Faye Treiber. Willie was known to many as Willie Earl, Will-Will, Willie-boy and Mr. Ego.
He grew up in Princess Anne County, now Virginia Beach as a child and resided on Maxey Manor Ct. As a child, he enjoyed playing cowboys and guns, guitar and several sports. He played football and recreation league softball into his adult years. He was drafted into the military and served in Vietnam with the U.S. Army earning various medals including the Good Conduct Medal of Honor. He spent several years with The Rhondels at the Peppermint Beach Club, managing Rogue’s and other entertainment clubs known at the beach. Willie was an active member of Waring’s Gym, Olympian and Flex Gym where he participated in several body building competitions. He worked with his sister Nina and brother-in-law, George for many years as a field accounting representative at Treiber & Treiber Accounting Co. in Portsmouth, VA. He was a member of the Virginia Shaggers Hall of Fame and was inducted into the National Living Legends Hall of Dance in 2011. His love of music and dance continued to be a major part of his life. “Local Legend” was loved by so many people. He would do anything for anybody, even though he would say, “What do you want” to some when they called. But you always knew that he would have your back!
Willie is survived by his guardian angel, Barbara Smock; brothers, Ernie Shipp (Stacy), Walter Shipp (Bonnie); many nieces and nephews; numerous friends, local and afar, that have touched him throughout his life. Willie had a huge heart that he continued to fill with many memories of those he loved.

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