September 30, 1915 ~ June 30, 2020

Born in: Monroe County, KY
Resided in: Glasgow, KY

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 with burial in the Glasgow Municipal Cemetery. 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

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  1. So very sorry to hear this!! Prayers for peace and comfort in the days ahead!!

  2. I loved Essie, she sure was a wonderful Christian lady. May God give you all peace and care during this sorrowful time🙏

    • What a wonderful lady and life. I never saw Essie without a smile. May the knowledge that you have been wonderful caregivers, loving daughter and granddaughters, give you peace during this time. Richard and I love you❤️

  3. Donna, I’m so sorry for your loss. I know you took great care of your grandmother and will miss her so much. My thoughts and prayers are with you. If you need anything, please let me know. Love you! 💕

  4. Essie was much loved and respected by all who knew her. Our aunt Estella “Baby” Jones loved to talk to her on the phone to catch up on things. Their conversations meant so much to her. God has gained another angel in heaven. God bless the family!


  6. She was always watching for me when I drove home.. to let me know the creek was up. Such a loving ❤. So sorry for your loss. Makes me very sad. But rejoice in the fact she has crossed the river. Safe on the other side.

  7. So sorry Dorothy, Donna & Dana for the loss of Mrs. Essie. I always called her my “Sweet Essie”. I’ve told mom for many years that when Essie went home to be with the Good Lord, it would be a huge loss to everyone whose life she had touched and influenced-which was many. I have so many precious memories, all of which came from the goodness of her heart. One that stands out in my mind is when we would have fellowship time at church, she ALWAYS came to me and my family and told us she loved us. I can remember this beginning when I was a little girl-that’s been a long time. There are so many more memories that I don’t have the space to share, but which will remain forever in my heart. I love and will dearly miss her, as will my entire family.

  8. Essie was my great aunt. She was the most beautiful sweetest woman. I was proud to be her great niece and glad I was able to see her and spend some time with her when I was younger. I wish her daughter, Dorothy and family my deepest love and prayers during this difficult time.

  9. James H.& Olene Richey send the family our condolence, and let them know how much we love This very fine lady Essie Shipley. Her smiles we always saw as we met are how we knew
    how she felt. As time goes by, this lady’s legacy will always stay in our memory, and endure
    though the ages. I cannot express all the love and good memories we have about this dear lady. We will meet Her soon in her eternal home.

  10. I’m so very sorry for your loss. Those words seem like so little because it’s very hard to express our feelings to others when we know they are hurting so badly. Please know you are each in my heart and I will say a special prayer for you that maybe will let you know that I care.
    Sherri Raines.
    (Prayers from Randy & Whitney too)

  11. Essie was such a sweet lady. One thing I will always remember is how she let her light shine for the Lord. We will cherish the good memories always. We will be praying for the family now and in the coming days. May God bless!

  12. What a wonder lady and life. I never saw her without a smile. May the knowledge that you were wonderful and loving caregivers, daughter and granddaughters, give you peace during this time. Richard and I love you❤️

  13. 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

  14. Words can not express the sadness I am feeling of the passing of sweet Essie. I remember being in choir at Temple Hill from 1992 till 2001 and she always saved me a seat. I will miss her kind heart and gentle soul.

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