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Deaconess Bertha  Virginia Shipman
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Deaconess Bertha Virginia Shipman was born to the late William Lee Gallman, Sr. and Bessie Geneva Gallman on August 25, 1934 in Newberry, South Carolina. She departed this life to be with the Lord on January 7, 2018.

Bertha was educated in the Newberry, SC schools. She graduated from Drayton High School. She moved to New Jersey soon afterward. She resided in Newark, NJ and eventually Elizabeth, NJ. She was a resident of Elizabeth, NJ for 55 years. She worked at Singers, Simmons Mattress, and the Elizabeth School system as a Teacher's Aide at School #1. She retired from School #1 after 25 years in June 1999.

Bertha accepted Christ as her personal savior at an early age at Hannah AME Church in Newberry, SC. She loved the Lord and served Him faithfully while in Elizabeth at St. John AME Church, New Hope Memorial Baptist Church and White Rock Baptist Church. Her Christian service as a church member/leader included being a Deaconess, Missionary, Mother Board, Trustee Board appointee, Sunday School Teacher, Delegate at the National Baptist Convention, Vacation Bible Study teacher, Coordinator of a Soup Kitchen for the homeless and community, and on the choir.

Bertha was married to Thomas Shipman from Whitesville, NC. They shared a love and devotion that spanned 65 years. Bertha was the mother of seven children. Two preceded her in death, Kelvin Shipman and Anita Shipman and are now united with her in heaven. She also joins her sisters, Betty Joe Harp, Brenda Privott and Mary Neal in glory.

Bertha loved her family deeply. She was a strong woman, kind hearted, compassionate and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, spiritual mother and friend. Her legacy of love, sense of humor, and wisdom were great and far exceeded imagination.

She leaves to cherish her memory of 83 years, her husband, Thomas Shipman of Elizabeth, NJ; three sons, Rodney D. Gallman (Sheila) of Lakeview Terrance, CA, Thomas G. Shipman (Betty) of Snellville, GA, and Anthony Shipman of Lancaster, CA; two daughters, Francine Shipman of Elizabeth, NJ and Deborah A. Ruffin (Richard) of Roanoke, VA; one brother, Councilman William Lee Gallman, Jr. (Eva) of Elizabeth, NJ; two sisters, Gaynell Borders (Willie) of Elizabeth, NJ and Sandra Lee Sims of Columbia, SC; seventeen grandchildren, two of whom she raised, Tanisha Shipman and Latasha Jackson of Elizabeth, NJ; seventeen great-grandchildren who affectionately called her “Nana” and “GrandMa”; and a host of beloved nephews, nieces, dear family members and friends.


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Visitation

Friday

12

Jan

6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
New Hope Baptist Church

91 Division Street
Elizabeth, NJ 00000

Visitation

Saturday

13

Jan

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
New Hope Baptist Church

91 Division Street
Elizabeth, NJ 00000

Service

Saturday

13

Jan

10:00 AM
New Hope Baptist Church

91 Division Street
Elizabeth, NJ 00000

cemetery

Saturday

13

Jan

Rosehill Cemetery

792 E. Edgar Road
Linden, NJ 07036

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