Tribute & Message From The Family
CORY ALAN SHIPLEY
08/22/1994 to 02/25/12
Cory was a bright talented 17 year old young man that will be dearly missed by his mother, father, brothers, sister, aunt's, uncles, girlfriend, grandparents, cousins as well many friends he considers family. He was an accomplished martial artist and instructor that enjoyed working with children and offering his gift to others. He earned his 2nd degree black belt in Taekwondo. Cory was a student at St. Pete College. He loved being with his friends, music, his two dogs and most of all he loved his brothers and sister. At Cory's young age he was survived by too many to list, we all love him and will miss him dearly.
He will always be remembered for his kind nature and genuine goodness.
When I heard about your passing, Uncle Mike, Aunt Jen and I went to where you were. We got to your father’s home and saw many people outside the house. I saw your father and immediately went to him. I embraced him and told him I wanted to do your funeral service. Your father said, “Without question”. For the next four days I prayed asking God to give me what we all needed. Even coming to the service on Thursday morning God was still bringing ideas to my mind. I brought the message and Cory, 12 people were saved! They asked Jesus Christ to come into their lives just like you told me you did. It is great to know that one day, we who have Jesus Christ as Savior, will see you again.
Uncle Mike here. Just wanted to thank you for your time. You know, launching you into backflips in the pool, celebrating the Birthdays, the concerts, watching you earn your first blackbelt, all that "stuff" mixed into a blender over the years, that it overflowed with a deep growing love as you grew into an incredible young man with unlimited potential.
Also, I think it was pretty special that you allowed me to watch your brothers and sister grow up knowing that they had a big bro' that was the coolest dude around.
Finally, I am thankful for the unwritten and unspoken gig you and I shared as you got older. Part of the pain is because you offered me insight into your world and it was beautiful.
It's all good, my man, see you soon!
I love you.
Cory, I can't believe you died at such a young age... I was mainly friends with your brother Matt, but you were always there when I came over and we had some pretty fun times... My brother's name is also Cory and he is 18 which is a close age to you and I don't know what I would do with my brother he's been with me through everything in my life, and I'm sure you've helped Matt through everything also. It is very tough for your family I can imagine. I'm terribly sorry for your tragic loss... Cory was a great guy.
Cory, you were a great kid. Always knew how to cheer someone up and put a smile on their face. You will never be forgotten. You will be thought of everyday and remembered for all the great things you've done. I love you and can't wait to see you again someday.
I remember going to work everyday after school seeing you frown because we had a long day to come. Making fun of every guy I dated and telling me I could do better. Making fun of how I dressed and how clothes is so expensive and your favorite bands. How we would talk before work about weekends and share secrets that we would rat each other out on later. Making fun of people, talking crap about people, just being there so each other in general. It has been like that since kindergarten huh... I'm going to miss seeing you at training Cory. It's going to be lonely without you there all the time.
Being a part of Cory's life sense he was 9, I consider him like a son. He was always so sweet and caring to Matthew ,Vanessa and Ciera. My most precious memory were all the car rides we had together just him and I. Taking him or picking him up from US Best, Friends homes, late movies out or as he got older picking up his sweet giirlfriend. During this time we shared conversations about life, music, martial arts and what he wanted to do with his life. He also took time to show me how he kicked on the bag out back. He would humbly show me how to kick and than he showed me how fast he kicked. Oh my, does he have the most powerful kicks. He was not only a Martial Artist but he was a young man with a heart of gold. Now when he got his dog Suzzane, he wouldn't name her at first so me and Sessa tried to convince him of many cute names. Than he came out with Suzzane. He said he called every dog Suzzanne and that would now be his dogs name. But the name stuck and he loved her and man did she adore him. Cory you made a huge impact on this earth in such a short time. You will forever be in my heart and many others. Till we see each other again on the other side. Love, Dawn
Growing up, my brother and I spent a lot of time with our cousin Cory. We would have sleepovers at Myron and Cici's and he was always making us laugh. I remember how we would make popcorn and then make smores in the fireplace while watching movies before bed and Cory would burn his popcorn to a crisp in the fire and eat it instead of smores. It left everyone laughing which is something I think Cory lived to do. Cory brightened the life of anyone who knew him and I am grateful to have spent such good memories with him and look forward to the day we will be reunited in heaven.
The first time I met Cory, he was being pushed in a stroller by his Grandma Cici at Seminole Park. My children, Carrie and B.J., were just a little older than Cory at the time and they played together on the playground that day and on countless occasions since then. Their Uncle MyMy (Myron) has always loved children and children love him, too. Cory was the one to give Myron his favorite title - Grandpa. Many years have gone by since then including lots of fun times with Cory at family birthdays and holidays. Cory brought a lot of joy to his family and will be greatly missed.
I have SO many great memories of Cory growing up. Dancing with him as an infant at my wedding, he was such a happy baby and always had a smile that could light up the world (that never changed). Cory loved riding in the jeep...we were side kicks. We were so proud of his TKD accomplishments. I remember taking Cory and his friends to the Van Warp Tour concerts and hoping to God that they would survive the mosh pit without breaking anything! Cory could always talk his Aunt Jen into anything, including a trip to Ybor for a concert...the band was called 'I set my friends on fire' - Yikes! was my first thought...we all had a BLAST. It was such a blessing seeing Cory with his friends and becoming a young man. ~ Cory, my life is forever changed and I will love you always. I celebrate YOU my sweet angel!
we grew up together. I didnt know u had went to heaven so soon. Even though i havent seen you in years i still have those childhood memorys. And you were always a good friend. I remember you used to live a couple houses down and you would always come out to hang out and show us you martial arts awards. We drifted apart but i know soon we can be good friends again when i get to heaven. :( my deepest thoughts and hopes go out to his family.
I only knew Cory for about a month, we would chat and have a smoke before classes and just shoot the breeze about our mutual anxiety about our math quizzes and tests or our college experience presentations.Cory always was supportive of me and i did my best to encourage him as he would talk of his father being a high school history teacher and that he wanted to get his degree to work with his father we connected on that level the most as i want to be a professor of history and we both loved our dads. I pray that Cory will be in gods arms and free from the pain he suffered here. I will never forget the time I spent with him. god bless his family through this terrible event
You and I had to many memories to count, and if we were fighting, or hugging, all of them meant the world to me and I am SO HAPPY I made the best out of every situation and always made sure we never went to sleep mad at each other. Some of my best memories are not the best thing to post on this website... but I will have them in my memory forever. I remember the first time I ever saw you, it was love at first sight, and I always will be a firm believer in that. You walked with such pride and confidence, I almost didn't say anything to you, and I know if I didn't, things would be so much different. I truly believe you saved my life, and I'm so thankful for that. I will never have a final goodbye or final last words, but just know, every day I spent with you was the best day of my life and I know that this wasn't really a memory, but I had so many it's almost hard to put them in words. This isn't over! We have plenty more to make, I love you baby.
Corey While am and always will be your uncle. You are also my friend. I will ( NEVER ) forget that first day at Best TKD you looked so silly yet so happy. I loved watching you train. And the times I was able to make it I felt like I was in the ring as I watching you fight. Thrusday we may be laying your body to rest in a beautiful fielled next to your Great Grand Mother. But your heart your soul and spirt will live on in the lives of me as well many others for a life time my friend. I love you Corey Alan Shipley I have asked my Dad to find you in heaven and look after you. Love forever Uncle Robby