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Morris C. “Maury” Shipper Sr.

Morris C. “Maury” Shipper Sr.

August 2, 1955 - August 12, 2018     Age: 63

Morris “Maury” Chandler Shipper, a ten year resident of Fernandina Beach, Florida, passed away peacefully on Sunday, August 12, 2018 surrounded by his family, after a courageous battle with cancer. He was 63 years old.

Maury leaves behind his wife, Diane Shipper, whom he was proudly married to for 40 years; their children, Christa Shipper, Leigh Anne (Sohail) Shajary, Curtis Shipper, and Mary Beth (Nicholas) Fincher; six grandchildren, and his siblings, Edward Shipper, Stephanie Shipper, Paula Shipper, and Suzanne Kushner.

 He is preceded in death by his son, Morris “Maury” Chandler Shipper, Jr., and his parents, Edward Stanley Shipper and Ladye Cheri Shipper.

Born on August 2, 1955 in Florence, Alabama, Maury graduated from the University of North Alabama with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business.  He worked as a Human Resources Manager for more than 30 years at several large paper corporations.  After enjoying two years of retirement, Maury became a flight attendant for Southwest Airlines, a company and profession that brought him an incredible amount of joy and gratitude.  He “LUVed” serving others and continued this work even through his illness.  Maury was the ultimate family man, sports fanatic, and all around “good guy.”  He enjoyed traveling with his wife, watching Alabama Crimson Tide football games with his family, reading John Grisham novels, telling anyone who would listen about his experience at Atlanta Braves Fantasy Camp, and playing with his pup, “Lucy”.

 Maury’s gregarious personality, love of life, and always positive attitude profoundly impacted many lives- he never met a stranger!  His unwavering faith, trust in God, and commitment to living his life with his “glass half full,” will be remembered by all those who knew him.  Maury was a friend to many and a hero to his family.

A funeral mass will be held at 11:00 am on Thursday at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic

Mission Church in Yulee, Florida.  He will be laid to rest at Bosque Bello Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Maury’s memory to the Children’s Miracle Network or the Ronald McDonald House.


19 Condolences

  • Larry and Alesia Balch Posted August 12, 2018 9:46 pm

    Dearest Diane,
    Our deepest sympathy to you and the kids. Maury was one of Larry’s favorite people. Please know you all are in our hearts and prayers today and the days ahead. May The Lord give you added strength for the journey ahead. Maury left a legeacy behind, you and those special children.
    With heavy hearts,
    Larry and Alesia Balch

  • Gary and Fida Webb Posted August 13, 2018 10:39 am

    Diane, Crista, Lee Ann, Curtis, Mary Beth,
    It’s with a heavy heart we reach out to you in your time of need and we provide our deepest sympathy to you all now and in the days that lie ahead. Since meeting Maury in the mill and your family when you all first moved here next door to us, it’s been a pleasure and honor to get to know him and the whole family over the years. Maury possessed the traits that made him a great family man, husband and father as can been seen in all of you. We will miss Maury, his humor, comments and runs through the neighborhood in the early morning hours while most are sleeping, but he leaves behind many memories and a great family to enjoy them with. You all have many friends here ready and willing to help you in this time of need. The Lord has taken Maury for his needs in Heaven. May God bless you all in this time and provide comfort for you all.

  • Kristine (Duncan) Wortham Posted August 13, 2018 12:23 pm

    I am so sorry to hear about Mr Shipper. He was such a great friend to my dad and always so nice to me and Louis. Please know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Guy and Pam Stalvey Posted August 13, 2018 12:46 pm

    Diane, Krista, Leanne, Mary Beth and Curtis,
    We are so sorry to hear about Maury. He was such a unique person, never met a stranger, kind, honest, funny and most of all genuine. He was truly a bright light that shone in this dark world. His example as a husband, father and friend is a testimony to his heart, his compassion, his character, his integrity and most of all his faith. We will miss the talks along the way as we met up during a walk or bike ride to discuss world (our world’s) problems. We will miss his smile and the sparkle in his eyes when he laughed, we will miss Maury. It was a privilege to call him our friend and his memory will live on in our hearts and memories until we too meet him again at home in Heaven. It brings us such joy to know he is reunited with Little Maury but such sadness to know that you have to travel on without him in this life. We love all of you and are praying for God’s strength, comfort and peace to cover and keep you during this sad time.

  • Colin and Julie Campbell Posted August 13, 2018 2:31 pm

    Dear Diane,
    I struggle to find the words to express my sadness in learning of your loss. I will forever remember Maury’s his first bike ride in Fort Clinch, his training and running in the Krispy Kreme 5km challenge, his love of peanut butter crackers, and Maury practicing his throwing and catching at lunch in preparation for attending baseball training camp. But what I will most remember is how Maury spoke of his family, with such love. In listening to Maury, he left no doubt that you and your children were his world. Please know our thoughts are with you.

  • Bill Lindeke Posted August 14, 2018 6:46 am

    Diane, Jeanine & I were stunned and saddened to learn of Maury’s passing, Your family made our time in Conway memorable and fun. Maury would be proud of his godson Michael.
    May God hold you in the palm of his hand.

  • Donna Horton Ricks Posted August 14, 2018 9:18 am

    Diane & kids, I am so sorry. My heart is broken. Old friends should stay in touch and I didn’t try hard enough to do that. Please know I will be praying for y’all. What an impact he had in this world. Wonderful memories. Love to y’all.

  • Liz Gottung Posted August 14, 2018 10:20 am

    Diane and Family, you are in my thoughts and prayers . THe world is a little darker this week in losing Maury’s bright light- his enthusiasm for life , his ability to find ( and share) joy in the smallest things, his positive and ever-optimistic approach towards problems big and small, his unwavering faith, his unique gift in seeing the good in everyone he met, and above all, his incredible heart for his family. Love and prayers to you all.

  • Roger Kilburn Posted August 14, 2018 11:19 am

    Diane and Family, I’m sorry you’re going through this difficult time, and I’m praying for peace for you and your family.

  • Marilyn Crowell Posted August 14, 2018 1:54 pm

    Diane and Family, I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and the family.

  • Charlotte Tomlinson Posted August 14, 2018 11:30 pm

    Dear All,

    Maury was a beautiful high school friend with his kind, dynamic personality and fun sense of humor. He shall always be remembered by his friends, as he was one of a kind. Please accept my deepest condolences. You all remain in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Dotty Heritage Posted August 15, 2018 7:01 am

    Dear Diane and family,

    We are so sorry for your loss. We will all miss Maury. We have many happy memories from all the great times we have enjoyed over the years. He was truly a great friend. We will remember all the baseball games, Disney trips, Sea Turtle walks, and many fun times getting together to share meals and coffee. Maury never met a stranger. We love you all. Dotty and Charlie

  • Angela Healy Posted August 15, 2018 5:51 pm

    Mrs Shipper,
    I am very very sorry for your loss. I worked with Maury at SWA and I met him on his first month of commuting to BWI. I always enjoyed talking to him on our occasional commutes to and from BWI. My families prayers and thought are with you and yours at this time. May His Memory Be Eternal!!

  • Cheri McEwen Posted August 15, 2018 10:38 pm

    Dear Diane and family,
    Although I didn’t know Maury long, he was such an inspiration to me. Such a kind, compassionate soul with a never-ending smile. I will miss him and am so blessed that I had the short time with him that I did. His Southwest family mourns the loss not only of a great man but of a great co-heart. My deepest sympathy to you and your beautiful family.

  • Cecelia Turbyville Posted August 16, 2018 11:43 am

    Diane and family… I was sorry to hear of Maury’s passing. You will be in my thoughts and prayers. I’m glad I got to see you last time I was at Gary and Fida’s. Next time I come down, we’ll have a chat again. I will be thinking of you in the days to come as you face new challenges.

  • Debbi Nerstad Posted August 16, 2018 9:57 pm

    Diane, so very sorry about the death of Maury. What a great guy and awesome friend he was! I am so sad that this has happened. I just talked to him on Facebook Thursday before he passed away and I didn’t know that he was sick. I will certainly keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Love for God’s peace……

  • LARRY PARKER Posted August 17, 2018 4:05 pm

    Dear Diane and Family,
    We are so saddened by your loss. Maury was a true gentleman who’s priorities were always God and Family. Our prayers and thoughts are with you and family during this difficult time.

    Larry and Sue Parker

  • Andrew Sanders Posted August 22, 2018 9:35 am

    I am so sorry to have just learned the news about my dear, dear friend Maury. I am so saddened and shocked. The last time we spoke we spent much of our time laughing – wasn’t that always the case with Maury. I know much is on you at this time but please know that I am praying for you and your wonderful family.

  • Robin Marley Posted August 27, 2018 8:52 pm

    Dear Diane,

    Our hearts go out to you and your family with love and prayers for God’s comfort at this sad time. Maury was one of my favorite people – so kind, genuine, and positive. He was a great friend to me and we enjoyed sharing our HR war stories. And he always spoke of you and his family with such love and pride. He will be greatly missed.

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