Services for Floyd Henry Shipman were held 10 a.m. Saturday, April 28, 2012, at the Crossway First Baptist Church in Sulphur. Rev. Bill Leveridge officiated. Interment followed in Oaklawn Cemetery.
Floyd was born January 31, 1923, to George Matthew and Lillian (McMillian) Shipman in Bristow, Okla. He died Wednesday, April 25, 2012, in Norman, Okla., at the age of 89 years, 2 months and 24 days.
Floyd enlisted in the United States Army in March 1943 and served 33 months in North Africa and Italy during WWII. He then received an honorable discharge on December 10, 1945. He and Mary Wyna (Nichols) Mitchelmore were married June 10, 1965, in Sulphur. Floyd worked for the U.S. Postal Service as a rural mail carrier for Sulphur for 22 years before retiring in April 1988. He also worked 12 years in the parts department for Cooper Auto Store and as a roughneck in the oilfield for 30 years.
Floyd was an artist working in oils, acrylics and watercolors. He was a member of the Artists of the Arbuckles since 1980 where he served as president and parliamentarian. He was a 63-year member of the Masonic Lodge serving as Master six times and received his 50 years pin in 1999. Floyd loved his family, church and art, and was very proud to be a Chickasaw Tribal Elder.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary, on July 27, 2007; parents; brothers, G.W. and Harold Shipman, and granddaughter, Stacie Shipman.
Floyd is survived by a daughter, Marilyn McCurtain and husband, Lynn of Sulphur; sons, Larry Shipman and wife, Donna, of Blanchard and Garry Mitchelmore and wife, Mary Beth, of Littleton, Colo.; two sisters: Maxine Johnson of Moore, Okla., and Sandra Stalcup of Clovis, New Mexico; seven grandchildren: Heather Teague, Grant Mitchelmore, Kristen Laney, Dillon Shipman, Mercy Szalaj, Kemper Shrader and Kempy Shrader; and 6 great grandchildren.
Serving as pallbearers were Leland Kilgore, Charles White, Randal Kirby, Russell Watson, De Lannom, Keith Mann and Jack Riffe.