Lynne Shipwash Shillinglaw

September 24, 2021

CHARLOTTE– Lynne Shipwash Shillinglaw passed away surrounded by her loving family following a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer in her home in Charlotte, NC on Friday, September 24, 2021. Born March 28, 1952, in Salisbury, NC, she was the daughter of Fred and Elizabeth Shipwash. She grew up in China Grove and graduated from South Rowan High in 1970, before studying education at Appalachian State University, graduating with honors. Following the completion of her undergraduate degree, Lynne obtained her master’s degree in counseling at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

Lynne loved people and life, which greatly influenced her decision to work in sales after a short career in teaching and enjoyed both. She worked as a sales representative at the Jordan Graphics Company for several years where she formed friendships and camaraderie that endured into her later career. She met her beloved husband Ron in 1976 while outside playing tennis at the apartment of a mutual friend. They were married July 1, 1978 and later were blessed by two children; daughter Lindsay (36) and son Joel (33).

Lynne took pride in hard work, family, and community, which was reflected by her enthusiasm and energy. It wasn’t uncommon for Lynne to work long hours to help provide for her family, while also making time to attend, if not play an active leadership role in her children’s academic, social, and extracurricular lives. She lived with passion and sincerity touching the lives and hearts of all of those she met. This is reflected by the vast community of friends she has from all aspects of her life.

She loved working in her garden, and planting all types of flowers. Mornings you could find her enjoying a cup of coffee on the patio, taking in the splendor of the day in the comfort of her bathrobe. Lynne lived with a heart of gratitude and greatly valued her faith and relationship with God. She also enjoyed sunsets at the beach, a glass of white wine with friends, day trips to the mountains or skiing, and a necessary pedicure once in a while.

Lynne loved sports and had a soft heart for animals. It wasn’t uncommon for her to be watching, intensely, any of her teams on game night with her dogs Annie and Rambo right by her side. Tailgating for Wake Forest football games with her husband Ron and friends was a yearly tradition.

Her giving and generous spirit was never ending. She found so much joy and pleasure in making others feel special and always made sure to tell people how much they meant to her. Nothing brought her greater fulfillment than to be able to support those around her, Loyalty to her parents and siblings was a value she held high. The oldest of the three, her family bonds endured unconditionally.

She is survived by her husband, Ron; her devoted daughter, Lindsay of Denver, Colorado; her son, Joel of Chicago, Illinois and his son, Alexander; her parents Fred and Elizabeth Shipwash of China Grove, North Carolina; her sister Cindy Andrew of St. Augustine, Florida; her brother, Steve Shipwash of Benson, North Carolina and his children, Brandon and Stephanie.

A service to honor Lynne’s life will be at 2:00 PM Thursday, September 30, 2021 at Myers Park Presbyterian Church, 2501 Oxford Place, Charlotte, NC 28207. The family will receive friends following the service in Oxford Hall. The service will also be available online for those who are unable to attend at:

In lieu of flowers or gifts Lynne requests that donations be made to PANCAN to support research and advancement in the fight against Pancreatic Cancer.

Arrangements are in the care of Kenneth W. Poe Funeral & Cremation Service, 1321 Berkeley Ave., Charlotte, NC 28204; (704) 641-7606. Online condolences can be shared at

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  • peggy shipwash jenks

    lynn is my niece . she was such a lady even when she was a little girl you could see the kindness and goodness in her eyes.she will be miss by her family and maney friends but she will always be remembered. to her immediate family ,parents and siblings i send my deepest condolences. God be with you and surround with His love and peace

  • Tim Tatman

    I was sorry to hear of Lynne’s passing.
    I truly enjoyed working with Lynne during her time with Reynolds & Reynolds/Relizon. She was a true professional in everything she did.
    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.

  • Hazel R Pettice

    How wonderful it was to work with Lynne. I can truly and easily say I have known no better business relationship. She treated me in the way I know GOD intended us all to treat each other. I'll never forget that smile of hers!! I will always miss her greatly. God picks the best for his own garden and I know she's with him. From me and my Charlotte Pipe & Foundry associates the deepest condolences.

  • Bill Clark & Birdie Clark

    Hello Ronnie - Birdie and I are very sorry for your loss. Even though we did not get to know Lynne she sounds like a wonderful person and great soul mate.
    I have not seen you since one our last Blacksburg reunions of 1962. I have fond memories of playing football with you as our star quaterback.
    We are living in south Florida and don't get to Blacksburg very often. Maybe our paths will cross sometime in the future.
    Friend Bill Clark

  • Ron Leuelling

    My sincere condolences to Lynne’s family. I enjoyed many years as a co-worker with Lynne. I had great respect and admiration of her work ethic, passion for her customer and friends and her devotion of her family. She will be missed.

  • Anita Henderson

    It was an honor and pleasure to work with Lynne. Her thoughtfulness touched me, her strength inspired me, her dedication & kindness to everyone she loved will never be forgotten. I am truly blessed to have known her. You are dearly missed.

  • Gary Wall

    I worked close by Lynne for several years in the printing industry. I can not express how saddened I am to hear of Lynne's passing. Lynne was an extraordinary person. She was always upbeat and always a light in the room. Her smile and laugh made us all better people. She was a true lady in every sense of the word. She was beautiful but, even more so she was beautiful inside. Always the professional and striving to achieve to meet her goals and her customer's goals and satisfaction. Above all she was the real deal a genuinely kind and giving person. I will never forget the impact Lynne had on my life. I was going through a rough time personally when she walked into the office I worked in late one day. She walked in sat down and she spoke with me with such concern and compassion. I was deeply moved by the words she spoke to me that day. We never spoke another word about that day but, I will carry her kind words with me always. Lynne is the kind of person we all want to be but, it seemed to just come to her naturally. You will be missed wonderful lady. With a friends love and respect. I hope you and Pat Meetze are laughing together again. RIP Lynne.

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  • Ron Edwards

    My sincere condolences to Lynne's family.

  • Matt Mulholland

    Great friend and co-worker. She will be truly missed

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