Essie Ree Dickerson Shipley, the rock of our family, passed away June 30, 2020. Essie was born September 30, 1915 in the Flippin community of Monroe County, Kentucky. Her parents were Sherman and Maggie Dickerson. The family childhood home was in the Flippin area of Monroe County. She moved to the Temple Hill area as a young girl, working in the Elliott family home and on the farm where she lived the remainder of her life. While living there, she met her husband, Brents Shipley. After operating a country store and rolling store for a few years, Brents and Essie purchased the farm from the Elliott family where they lived the remainder of their lives. She helped farm the land and was a wonderful homemaker.

Essie was an actively involved member of the Temple Hill Baptist Church from the time she was a young girl until her death, attending every service. She taught Sunday School for many years and loved and cared for everyone in the church, visiting the sick with food in hand. She loved every pastor and every member at Temple Hill Baptist. She was an active member of the Temple Hill Homemakers throughout her adult life. She loved her God, home, church, family, and friends. She loved every one of God’s creatures, including animals.

She was preceded in death in September 1980 by her husband of 44 years, Brents; her parents, Sherman and Maggie Dickerson; 3 full sisters, Bessie Lee, Tessie Bowman, Mary Zada Sparks Taylor; 15 half brothers and sisters; and her son-in-law, Donald Wayne McCubbin.

Essie is survived by her daughter, Dorothy Brents Shipley McCubbin, and granddaughters, Donna Brents McCubbin and Dana Brady McCubbin. She is also survived by several nieces, nephews, and her many friends.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Shanti Niketan Hospice Home C/O T.J. Community Mission Foundation 1301 North Race Street Glasgow, KY 42141 and Community Medical Care 204 North Race Street Glasgow, KY 42141.

The funeral service for Mrs. Shipley will be Tuesday, July 7th at 11:00 am at A. F. Crow & Son Funeral Home. Visitation will be Monday from 4:00 pm until 8:00 pm and Tuesday morning until time for the service. A. F. Crow & Son is both honored and privileged to be entrusted in the care of Essie. Please share your condolences with the family at


Visitation: July 6, 2020 4:00 pm - July 6, 2020 9:00 pm

A. F. Crow & Son Funeral Home
201 East Washington St.
Glasgow, KY 42141

Funeral Service: July 7, 2020 11:00 am - July 7, 2020 1:00 pm

A. F. Crow & Son Funeral Home
201 East Washington St.
Glasgow, KY 42141

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  1. So sorry to hear about Essie passing. She was such a wonderful person and a great friend to our family, especially my Granddad Robert Henry Miller and dad, John Robert Miller. I don’t think I ever saw her without a smile on her face. I know she will be terribly missed. Our sincere condolences to Dorothy and the family! Johnny & Karen Miller

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