Rev. William L. 'W.L.' Shipman


The Rev. William L. “W.L.” Shipman, 90, departed this life peacefully on Friday, Nov. 18, 2022, at a local healthcare facility.

He was born on Oct. 20, 1932, in Old Fort, to the late Henry and Willie Kersey Shipman.

In addition to his parents, Henry and Willie K. Shipman, he was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 60 years, Wilma Lucille Stinnett Shipman; and siblings, Betty (Don) Stephens and Bobby Don Shipman.

Left to cherish the many memories, include his two sons, Nathan (Stacy) Shipman and Mark (Sarah) Shipman; grandchildren, Aaron (Jackie) Shipman, Grace Shipman, Tiffany (Chris) Harris and Rodney (Lily) Burris; great-grandchildren, Oliver Shipman, Asher Shipman, Madelyn Harris, Gracie Harris, Katelynn Harris, Brilee Harris and Maelie Burris; and several nieces, nephews, cousins and a great host of friends.

A Celebration of Life service will be conducted at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2022, at Zion Baptist Church with Pastor Mike Hazlewood officiating.

Interment will follow at Benton Memorial Gardens with Chris Harris, Mike Stinnett, Chris Stinnett, Tom Jolley, Dean Stinnett and Jeff Stinnett serving as pallbearers.

Family and friends will gather from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesday prior to the service at the church.

Expressions of sympathy may be shared with the family at

Higgins Funeral Home of Benton is in charge of arrangements.



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