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Little & Sons Funeral Home

1301 Main Street, Beech Grove, IN

OBITUARY

Grady Stevenson Shipley

May 30, 1931January 13, 2020
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Grady Stevenson Shipley, 88, of Mooresville, passed away January 13, 2020. He was born May 30, 1931 in Clinton Co, Kentucky to the late Joseph and Grace (Short) Shipley. After high school, Grady served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. Grady was a police officer and retired from the Beech Grove police department in 1978, after 20 years of service. He was also a barber for Grady’s Barbershop in Beech Grove. After retirement he went on to run his own business, Grady Shipley Remodeling. He had many talents and hobbies which included fishing, hunting, farming, gardening and woodworking. Grady most recently made cedar crosses and enjoyed handing them out. He even made some for the Beech Grove and Mooresville police and fire departments. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge #694, Kiwanis Club of Beech Grove and Bluff Creek Christian Church. Grady will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

Grady is survived by his loving wife of 38 years, Barbara Shipley; children, Sherry (Greg) Hiatt, Dawn (John) Marino, Teri (Bob) Morgan, Dawn (Duane) Brown and Kelly Cummings; 9 grandchildren; 8 great grandchildren; sister, Betty Poynter; and many nieces and nephews. Grady was preceded in death by his parents; siblings, John Shipley, Guy Shipley, William Shipley, Flossie Harrison and Christine Burks; and granddaughter, Diane Doss.

A visitation will be held on Friday, January 17, 2020 from 4:00 PM until 8:00 PM at Little & Sons Beech Grove, 1301 Main Street, Beech Grove, IN 46107. A funeral service will take place on Saturday, January 18 at 11:00 AM also at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home during service times.

Services

  • Visitation Friday, January 17, 2020
  • Funeral Service Saturday, January 18, 2020
  • Military Honors Saturday, January 18, 2020

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Phoebe Burks-Myers

January 17, 2020

My family moved across the street from the Shipley family in Beech Grove in the late 1940's. We were not related to them, but it felt like we were because Chris married my brother, Jim, my Uncle Bob was married to Flossie, and Maxine, one of my best friends married Johnny, and Betty Jo was one of my best friends.

Grady was always such a fun guy and had such an outgoing personality - never met a stranger. All of us had a lot of good times together, but time marches on and we all grew up and moved on, and some of us lost touch, but I will always remember his big smile and laugh. He accomplished a lot in his lifetime, and I know he will be greatly missed by all who knew him, and especially his loving family.

Rest in peace.

Ralph Vanderbaan

January 16, 2020

Grady has been a blessing to me and my family for the last fifty eight years . He took me as an apprentice barber and set me up for a great life. He brought so much fun and joy in cutting hair I never thought of it as a job,
Over the years he has helped in many ways. When I was 37 years old,I had back surgery and was off work for two weeks. At that time we had three children and Pam was a stay at home mom and that was great. Grady kept the shop open and worked every day. At the end of the two weeks he gave me all that he had made.
What can I say , I loved that guy!Thats when I knew hi heart was as big as his personality
God is so good , And I’m looking forward to seeing you one day in our new home.

Karen Payne

January 15, 2020

I grew up with Dawn. I have many fond memories of Grady. I spent the night with Dawn many times on 19th street. Grady would cone home from his police work and get us girls down and torture us with beard burn ..ouch!! 😂. I remember going to the Marion County fair with them and getting preferred parking , with the flash of a badge of course. Riding the double Ferris wheel and being petrified , especially when he started rocking the seat back and forth in between Dawn and myself. His barber chair in the garage we would sit in and work the fun buttons. Grady you will be missed by many but remembered fondly. God bless a life well lived and thank you for the the memories you left me . Karen Payne

Lee Eppard

January 15, 2020

Uncle Grady,

Truly one of a kind. this man knew everything. i mean everything. many times in my childhood years i would go to Mooresville form Marion with Grandma Eppard i was so excited to get to aunt Barbs and uncle Grady's house. He used to let me jump in the driver seat of the police car and turn the lights and sirens on. man that was amazing as a child. alot more fun then when i had the unfortunate opportunities of sitting in those cars as an adult but in the opposite seat (the back seat) Then wed get on the paddle boat on the pond and i just went to listen to his stories while he fished. i hated fishing. instead of playing with my cousins i was right beside Grady i guess i was his sidekick. Well i moved away for 30 years and came back and during the time Dad got sick and passed. i grew very close to Him And Barbara again for the past 8-10 years. i thank God for that opportunity. i thank God for the opportunity of even just meeting him. But he lived a great life and loved my aunt Barb like no one could believe. Grady no matter how old you git you always had that Grady smile and you were one of the most kind heart men I've ever met. i know Dad was at the gates when you arrived in heaven. i remember you and Dad would talk for hours i mean hours at a time



and i just wondered who would stop 1st . well i never found out because i couldn't stay up for 3 days to see. lol


but i love you and i will always be your sidekick. i'll look over Barbara for you i promise. for you and Dad...

I hope to see you in heaven one day in the future.. i know your there now. this is hard for me and sad, but not because your gone, because your not here...

Love you and youll always be in my heart... Lee












Richard Allen

January 15, 2020

Thoughts and prayers are with the family I was one of the Mooresville Officers who received a cross from him which I still have

Dennis Wiley

January 14, 2020

Back in 64 I think,I was flying a kite over main st.in the alley at 3rd and main.a big gusts of wind forced my kite to hit gradys windshield on his police car.he turned on the lights and siren,and came flying up the alley at me! I was so scared!he pulled up,laughing,and told me I needed more tail on the kite ,due to it being so windy!I never will forget that day as a child.rest in peace Grady shipley.you made the world a better place.god bless your family and friends at this difficult time.

J Max Brenton

January 14, 2020

I remember Grady as the cop who drank coffee w/Mom &Dad at our kitchen table in the early 1960s. My Dad was a cop and a friend. But my fondest memories of Grady were the many times I would do ride alongs when Beech Grove had only 1-2 Officers on duty on midnights. I later had a career in law enforcement and Grady was one of the contributing factors to that end. He was an influence, teacher and model and beyond the slow southern drawl was a cops cop and fair barber! I will always be grateful to have known him. RIP old and dear friend.

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