Beloved husband, father, brother, and uncle, Cecil "Nip" Shipp, age 82, died on Saturday, July 22, 2017, in Lutz, FL, after a brave battle with cancer. Gil Dean Hooper of Stilwell, will be officiating a service on Friday, July 28, at Sequoyah High School Gymnasium in Tahlequah, OK, at 10:00 a.m. A graveside service will follow. Visitation will be noon to 6 p.m. on Thursday, July 27, at Reed Culver Funeral Home in Tahlequah. Pallbearers are his nephews: James Moore, Greg Moore, Gary Sweeney, Ted Lowery, and Matt Lowery.
Cecil was born on March 19, 1935, in Maud, OK, to Jimmie Savage Shipp and Lucindy Brown Shipp. He is survived by his wife of sixty years, Eva Nell Wheeler Shipp, and one daughter, Susan Elaine (Shipp) Parks, her husband, Michael Parks, and two precious grandchildren, Vanessa Lauren Parks and Grayson Tyler Parks, all of Lutz, FL. He is also survived by one brother, Rudell Shipp, of Lawton, OK, and two sisters, Gay Don Sweeney, of Tulsa, OK, and Mary Louise Lowery and her husband, Ed Lowery, of Muskogee, OK. He is preceded in death by one sister, Sandra Kay Moore, of Lawrence, KS, as well as two beloved nieces, and he will be fondly remembered by 13 other beloved nieces and nephews.
At the age of 8, after the death of his mother, Cecil, his brother, and one sister were brought to Sequoyah Orphan Training School, at Tahlequah, OK. His two youngest sisters would join them there later. All five of the orphaned Shipp children graduated from high school at what had been renamed Sequoyah Vocational School. After graduating from Sequoyah, Cecil was awarded a football scholarship at the then Northeastern State College in Tahlequah, OK. He graduated from Northeastern in 1958 as a four-year football letterman and with Second Team All-Oklahoma Collegiate Conference honors, and was a member of the President's and Dean's honor rolls.
He was an avid proponent of lifelong learning, for professional as well as personal growth. He began his teaching career at the Greasewood Boarding School in Ganado, AZ. He returned to Tahlequah the following year to begin work on his Master's Degree at Northeastern, which he attained in 1961. After teaching in the Waynesville, MO, public schools for a short time, he obtained his career teaching goal to teach and coach football and basketball at his childhood home, Sequoyah High School. He continued his studies at Northeastern, earning his counseling certification. He attended Oklahoma State University during the summers, earning his Masters in Administration. He became the school counselor at Sequoyah, and in 1968 was named Principal of Sequoyah High School. He simultaneously took many courses in vocational education for his own enjoyment throughout the years, and spent hundreds of hours on do-it-yourself projects and helping family and friends with their household and automotive projects.
Cecil proudly served his country as a member of the Oklahoma National Guard for eight years while attending high school and college.
He was passionate about his service to the Native American Community. He left Sequoyah in 1978 to become Agency Superintendent of the Wewoka Indian Agency in Wewoka, OK. In 1982, he was chosen as Tribal Operations Officer at the Tahlequah Agency, retiring in 1989.
Cecil was the first inductee into Sequoyah High School's Hall of Honor in 2000, and was inducted into their Hall of Fame in 2004. Cecil maintained a life-long love for and devotion to Sequoyah High School, and to the students who became a part of his life.
In 2009, Cecil was honored by being inducted into the Northeastern State University Athletic Hall of Fame.
Cecil was a person of faith, having been a member of the First General Baptist Church in Tahlequah where he also taught, and was Sunday School Superintendent. He then became a member of First Baptist Church in Tahlequah, OK. After moving to Florida in 2005, he was a faithful attendee at Idlewild Baptist Church in Lutz, FL, until his health problems prevented his attending.
He will be missed but never forgotten as a funny, kind, and genuine gentleman who made this world a better place.
Published on July 25, 2017