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Shipley to be honored at Ruritan fish fry

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Article Published: Jun. 7, 2012 | Modified: Jun. 7, 2012
Shipley to be honored at Ruritan fish fry

Mountaineer Ruritan founding member Robert Shipley will be honored Friday in celebration of his 100th birthday.

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The Mountaineer Ruritans will honor one of their own this Friday at its monthly fish and chicken fry.

Robert Shipley is one of the founding members of the club and will soon celebrate his 100th birthday. The Ruritans will honor Shipley by serving birthday cake with each meal during the fish and chicken fry.

Shipley was born to Edwin and Minnie Shipley on June 23, 1912. He was one of seven children and attended grade school in Wallace, Va. His education continued at Virginia Polytechnic Institute in Blacksburg, Va., where he graduated with a degree in animal husbandry, with additional degrees in teaching agriculture.

He taught at Patterson School and Boone High School before returning to school at Ohio State University for a master’s degree in animal husbandry. He then worked for the Agricultural Extension Service of Grayson County, Va. In 1942 he married his wife, Agnes Davis. He served in the Air Force from 1943 to 1946.

In the years since, Shipley has served the community in many ways. He has been a teacher, organized a veterans’ association and served as president of several clubs, including the Mountaineer Ruritans. He is an active member of the Sheep Breeders Association and the Hereford Breeders Association.

He was helpful in bringing hybrid corn to Watauga County and served on the N.C. Tobacco Growers and Burley Stabilization boards.

He has been instrumental in both the Boone Rotary Club and Ruritan National.

Shipley has been inducted into the N.C. State Fair Hall of Fame.

The Shipleys have raised three children and have six grandchildren.

The Mountaineer Ruritans would like the invite all to dine with them from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Friday. The Shipleys will be available to meet and greet from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at the picnic shelter at the Ruritan clubhouse in Sugar Grove.

Dinners are fried fish or chicken, slaw, hush puppies, fries and a drink for $10. To-go plates are available.

The fish and chicken fries are held the second Friday of each month. Proceeds go toward helping the community, including such groups as scouts, Parks and Recreation teams, Relay For Life, the Special Olympics, scholarships and other civic activities.

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