The legend of Shipp’s Funeral Home is centered around one word: Family. It goes back over three generations, to the 1960’s. A young apprentice by the name of Curtis Shipp was the family’s first Funeral Director, as he worked in the new defunct Shepard’s Funeral Home in Sylvester, Georgia. Curtis was the licensed Funeral Director, his sister answered all calls after hours from home, a niece was the hairstylist, cousins served as funeral attendants, and he groomed one of his sons and a nephew to be licensed Funeral Directors as well.

In 1972, the nephew, James Edward Shipp, ventured out to open his own funeral home, which became Shipp’s Funeral Home. This establishment was located in Ashburn, Georgia, where it has provided quality and professional service to the citizens of Ashburn and surrounding counties for over thirty-five years. This too is a family operated business, as his James’ wife assists in answering after-hour calls, a cousin serves as hairstylist, and a brother serves as an advisor.

With the passing of Curtis Shipp in 1987, Shepard’s Funeral Home slowly began to decline, and ceased to exist. But the demand for quality and professional funeral service continued to prevail. As James Edward Shipp noticed and took heed to these demands, another location of Shipp’s Funeral Home was opened in Sylvester, Georgia in 1998. Along with his son, James Eldric Shipp, who came on as a Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer, Shipp’s Funeral Home has continued to provide the same quality and professional care to loved ones and their families that has spanned from generation to generation to generation. Service and understanding are not just a slogan, but the motto and creed by which we, at Shipp’s Funeral Homes of Ashburn, Georgia and Sylvester, Georgia, stand by, live by, and serve by. Your family, is our family, and we take care of our families.


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