Ronnie "Ron" Shipley

Monday, January 14, 2019

Ronnie “Ron” Shipley, 64, of Jonesboro, Ark. died peacefully at home on Wednesday, January 9, 2019. Prior to moving to Jonesboro, he was from Rockford, Ill. He was formerly the Chief Building Official and Director of Code Enforcement and and served as the Jonesboro City Planner. He was also a Licensed FHA, VA and HUD Inspector.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Dois (Kirklin) and Eugene Shipley.

He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Jill (Neff) Shipley; daughter, Joslyn (Aaron) Johnson of Jonesboro; his son, Justin (Courtney) Shipley of Jonesboro, and two beloved grandchildren, Theron and Norah Johnson.

His grandchildren were the light of his life.

Visitation was held from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, at the Irby/Mitchell Funeral Home in Rector, Ark. The service followed at 11:30 with Pastor Kathleen McMurray officiating. Interment was in the Woodland Heights Cemetery, Rector.

The family requests that memorials be made to the Cornerstone United Methodist Church or the American Cancer Society.

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