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Van Charles Shipp, 59, of Commerce, ] passed away Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017, at his home in Commerce. A funeral service will be Monday, Jan. 30, at 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Commerce with Rev. Kris Myers and Richard Frank officiating. Interment will follow at Rosemound Cemetery.
Visitation will take place Sunday, Jan. 29, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Commerce Funeral Home.
He was born May 20, 1957, in Commerce, the son of Bobby Joe Shipp and Theresa June Sparkman. Growing up in Cooper, Van attended Cooper High School, where he was involved in the FFA. He attended East Texas State University for three years.
Van was self-employed with a trailer-building business. He spent some time working as a dairyman and as a welder. In his free time, he was an avid fisherman. Above all else, he enjoyed spending time with his family in various activities.
Van is survived by his wife, Rhonda Shipp; his children, Chase Shipp and wife Megan, Chris Ehrlish and wife Brittany and Morgan Ehrlish; grandchildren Mason Shipp, Tate Ehrlish and Hayden Ehrlish; his sister, Robbie Horton and husband Stanley; a brother-in-law, Dennis Dryden; a niece, Jessica Horton and a nephew, Jarrid Horton.
Van was preceded in death by his parents, Bobby Joe and Theresa Shipp.
Published on January 30, 2017
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