Cory Alan Shipley

  • Born: August 22, 1994
  • Died: February 25, 2012
  • Location: Largo, Florida

Sylvan Abbey Memorial Park & Funeral Home

2853 Sunset Point Road
Clearwater, FL 33759
Tel. (727) 796-1992

Tribute & Message From The Family

Largo, FL
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.

Condolence & Memory Journal

I miss you Cory! Every day that i go to Taekwondo i can still picture you standing at the ned of the third row doing your form. It still seems like yesturday that you left us. We all miss you like crazy. I cant wait to get my tattoo im memory of you :) RIP cory you were truly the best!

Posted by Jamie - pinellas park, FL - friend   December 05, 2012

It's been 2 months since everything has happened and it still seems like it all happened yesterday. I miss you just as much now then ever. I haven't been able to go to tae kwon do lately because it's weird not seeing you there and it's not the same. I hope your'e watching over us with the angels.

Posted by Taylor Schiller -, FL -   April 22, 2012


i miss you ):

Posted by Taylor Irving - Seminole, FL - Friend   April 07, 2012

Cory, I would of never thought in a million years, that i would have to say goodbye to you this soon, this young. The memories i have of you, the pictures i look at, i will always keep them close to me. I can still hear your laugh, and your random noises you would make in my head. The time i did spend with you were the best, there was never a dull moment around you. You always kept a smile on everyones face. I know your above watching over everyone, and im so happy to have met you. It's not a goodbye its a see you later, I will never forget. i love you Cory, Keep Me Safe<3>

Posted by Carlie Skillen - Friend, FL   April 03, 2012


Posted by jandalee - largo, FL - friends   March 15, 2012

We miss you Cory, You were my favorite instructor EVER!!!!

Posted by Lisa wilson - largo, FL   March 15, 2012


You are my first child and would never change anything about you. You taught me how to learn and love, I am forever grateful for having you in my life. We had a great 7 months. I am thankful for having you here. and I was so proud of you. You were perfect in everyway. I am so thankful you told me everything, even when I did'nt want to know the truth. My life will be forever changed because of you.I always told you, You are the best thing that ever happen to me and you made me who I am today. I love you so much........
mamasita aka
the muffin man ......
p.s. you were so much than you ever knew
You are my heart and soul.....

Posted by Terri Shipley - largo, FL - mother   March 13, 2012

Dear mr.Greg ive known you through corey for awhile now ive stayed at your house many times and had many great memories with corey and your whole family im soo sorry to hear what happened i just wish i could have been at the funeral but im in orlando. Just know that he will be in all of are thoughts and prayers,were ever he went know matter who he was around he found a way to put a smile on there face and thats what i loved about corey let me know if theres anyting i can do.But hes is in a much better place and we'll all see him again one day. Steven fulton.

Posted by steven fulton - seminole, FL - close friend   March 08, 2012

Dear Greg, Terri, Matt and Vanessa
Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this most difficult time. Please know that you have so many friends and family who will walk beside you. Words cannot make this better but the memories, strength of your family and faith knowing that one day we will all share in another life where we will see each other again prayerfully will help you face each day.

Posted by The Berry Family (Chris, Connor, Marcia & Curt) - Seminole, FL - Baseball family   March 05, 2012


Thinking of all of you! Love and Prayers

Posted by Margaret - MA   March 03, 2012

I still can't believe you're gone. You aren't supposed to be and I'm just now, days later, finally grasping the idea that I'll never see you again. You were the sweetest guy and I just wish that things hadn't ended this way for you. I love you and miss you with all my heart, but at least you are in a better place. You brought so much happiness to everyone and no one will ever forget you. I'll see you again in heaven someday. Love you!

Posted by Carter Fish - Redington Beach, FL - friend   March 02, 2012

Greg, Terri and family, We are keeping you all in our prayers during this difficult time. The Creney's

Posted by Krista Creney - FL   March 02, 2012


The sun has made a veil of gold
So lovely that my body aches
Above, the heavens shriek with blue
Concinced I've smiled by some mistake.
The world's abloom and seems to smile.
I want to fly but where, how high?
If in barbed wire, things can bloom
Why couldn't I? I will not die!

Posted by Uncle Mike - Gulfport, FL - Uncle   March 02, 2012

We are so sorry for your tragic loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this sorrowful time.

Posted by Peter and Laura Boettcher - Land O Lakes, FL - Friends of Greg   March 02, 2012

Cory, you looked so peaceful today. The service today was absolutely beautiful and your'e the one who made it that way. There was not a dry eye in the crowd. We all got to say our last goodbye today even though we didn't want to. God needed another angel and we all just happened to know the perfect one. You will be missed everyday by everyone that you have touched with your amazing personality. I pray that your family does well considering they lost an amazing kid. We are all so proud of what you had become. I'll be thinking about you everyday and I can't wait till the day comes when we can meet again in heaven. Rest In Paradise.

Posted by Taylor Schiller - Clearwater, FL -   March 02, 2012

I recall a few months back when I had the opportunity to talk with you and as we ended our conversation thinking to myself what a great man you had become. I thought to myself you were so young to have such a caring and compassionate humble soul. I remember your Dad at 17 and you are so similar to him. Never in your life did I see anything but a respectful and gracious person. Your Mom ,Dad, sister, brothers, Grand Parents, Uncles, Aunts, cousins and friends love you and take a piece of you in our hearts forever. May god watch over you and your family.

Posted by Eric & Sheila Franck - Riverview, FL - Family friend   March 02, 2012

Cory you will be missed. It seemed like just yesterday that you and Oshton were hanging out together at the house. The two of you would always make excuses as to how you needed to go somewhere or practice so that you could hang out together. Your funny faces and silly sounds would always make me laugh. We will always have great memories of you and your family.

Posted by Betty Howard - Clermont, FL - Family Friend   March 01, 2012

Greg, Terri, Jon & family..My heart and prayers go out to all of you during this time of great loss. May you take joy and comfort in the memories you have of Cory. God called his angel back far too soon however, Cory will continue to live in your hearts and in the spirit of his brothers and sister.

My condolences,
Debbie Dowling

Posted by Debbie Dowling - Oldsmar, FL   March 01, 2012


While bad people fill our streets the good are taken way too soon! Cory, you made such an impact on so many lives! How sad we all are to lose you! It is so hard to understand how god could need you more! You are missed greatly, and will always be in our hearts! I will pray for your family that their pain shall be eased. May you watch over them and keep peace in their hearts!

Posted by Liz Schiller    March 01, 2012


I am so deeply sorry for the tragic loss of your beautiful son, Greg. I only met Cory as a child, and did not know him as a young man, so I am grateful for the stories people are telling about his kind, giving spirit. He is such a handsome young man, and reminds me so much of you at that age. I love the photographs of him, especially the photo of him with Mimi, and I know he is with her now. You and your children, your mother and Cory's mother and family are in my thoughts and prayers every minute. May peace be with you.

Posted by LeAnne Letize McGee - Madison, AL - Family   March 01, 2012


Cory you will be missed and remembered as the wonderful young man you became. The love for you is evident from the pain in the faces of family and friends. It is today that we celebrate your wonderful life in saddness and await the day we see each other again. I love you.

Posted by Uncle Jon    March 01, 2012

Greg & Terri:
I know how much you nutured, loved and shared in the joy of Cory's accomplishments. He had his whole life ahead of him. It's so difficult to believe this could happen. I feel certain that as he entered heaven he was greeted by the best and held tightly with love.
All our love and deepest sympathy.c9hc2

Posted by Auntie Nancie & Uncle Joe - Andover, MA   March 01, 2012


Cory my son it is impossible to be more proud or love someone more than I love you. As you look upon us and witness the grief, realize it's because you were a special gift to everyone around you. A beautiful soul with a huge heart. An amazing and humble talent with wisdom and depth well beyond your years.
Our family and friends are saddened and this will forever change us all. It will bring everyone here on earth closer and throughout time as we heal we will all continue to gain strength as a result of your life.
Laying you to rest today next to your great grandmother is the hardest day of my life, I already miss you dearly. You will never be alone as we are all here with you. Please do not feel sorry. Do not be sad and worry as our family has strong faith and that strength and faith will carry us through. When I see a star shinning or the shimmering glow and reflection off the water I will know that reflection is you. Thank you for being the most wonderful son a father could dream of. I love you son and I look forward to seeing you in heaven. God bless your soul.

Posted by Greg Shipley - Seminole, FL - Father   March 01, 2012

Cory is a special soul from a beautiful family...he touched so many and IS so LOVED......sending all our love your way!!

Posted by Melyssa and Shawn Rose-Hamby - Largo, FL - family friend   March 01, 2012

I wish we would have spent more time together. you hava always been an inspriation to me as well as others you will be dearly missed


Posted by Joshua Lugo - PINELLAS PARK, FL - Fellow Tae Kwon Do student   March 01, 2012

I enjoyed being instructed by Cory in my forms and Kicks. He always had a positive outlook. We alway talk and joked around. I enjoyed our time together and he will be missed


Posted by Jeremiah Guitson - Pinellas Park, FL - Fellow Tae Kwon Do student   March 01, 2012

I wish I got to spend more time with you, the time I did get to spend with you was tooo short but great. I can remember only halrious memerios from middle school and later on when we would spratically hang, ill miss you man...R.I .P Cory Shipley

Posted by Bryan Hansen - largo, FL - good friend/played in band   March 01, 2012

no child should leave his parents before them n no grandson as wonderful as cory should go forward into gods light and float in the heavens before his time because i thnk we all feel he went to soon n will be greatly missed

Posted by jeff Anderson - oldsmar,fla, FL - cory was my brothers grandson   March 01, 2012

I am still in shocked that you are gone. When i found out i could not believe it i was up all night just in shock.I remember the days at TKD when we would have fun and joke around and thoses days i would be sooo scared too fight you. You were such a sweet person and was very funny :). I know you are in a better place and i will always remember you. We will meet aqain someday and i will be like old times.:) I would just like too let the Shipleys I am sorry for your lost and I will keep your family in my prayers.

Love Courtney

Posted by Courtney Beal - Clearwater, FL - Friends From TKD   March 01, 2012

I think it is amazing that my 8 year old daughter idolized Cory so much that she made me chop off her hair to get his haircut (Cory thought it was funny too but he never teased her). Dakota refused to let anyone touch her/stretch her out but Cory could push her on her splits, she asked for a US Best birthday party but only if Cory was there...Cory touched so many people and the way he reacted to them is what made him so special. Cory you never made the little girls embarrassed of their crushes, you always pushed the kids (especially when you say potential), and you pushed everyone to believe in themselves when they were too scared to. It was a priviledge knowing you and I know that your family is as proud of you as your US Best Family and believe me-we could not think any higher of you!!! Look in on us from time to time...Goodbye until we meet again.

Posted by Cassondra Fisher - Largo, FL - Dakota & Maryssa's mom-US Best   March 01, 2012


my sympathy goes out to the family I am a friend of sue the grandmother seminole dialysis patient .

Posted by addrain c.mcmillan - st.pete, FL - friend   March 01, 2012


Cory, I will always remember you as a wonder friend, fighter, and teammate. I will always remember you and your patience as you instructed the new generation of Tae Kwon Do practitioners, including my sister. You will be dearly missed. God Bless you and your family.


Posted by Eric Tong - Pinellas Park, FL - Friend, Teammate   March 01, 2012

Greg, your friends and co-workers at ServiceNow extend our deepest and most heartfelt sympathies to you and your family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you, and our hope is that the wonderful memories of your son will carry you through this trying time.

Posted by ServiceNow Colleagues - Atlanta, GA   February 29, 2012


Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Shipley family. We are very sorry for your tragic loss. May God place you all in the palm of his hands.

Posted by Allende Family - St. Petersburg, FL - Friends from US BEST TKO   February 29, 2012

Just surfing the internet looking for someone with a similar surname and I found... It strikes me how come someone so young and beautiful just passed away at such young age. it's almost against nature. My thoughts go to his parents (as a mother I can only imagine the pain you are goint through), sibblings, family, friends and girlfriend. I'm so sorry. Maggie

Posted by Maggie - Maputo - Mozambique - none   February 29, 2012


I cannot express in words how sorry I am to hear about the passing of Cory. Although I have never met Cory I know that he was loved and will be terribly missed. May God bless Shipley Family.
My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Posted by Mark Reiss    February 29, 2012

Cory was amazing. He was an amazing instructor. And he always could cheer you up with just one smile. He will be missed. Taekwondo just isnt the same and it never will be. But all we all can train harder and kick harder for Cory. He will never be forgotten. He ws something to every single person. And as much as it hurts me to say good bye i have to. R.I.P Cory Shipley. you meant alot to me And everyone else. Love ya

Posted by Jamie - pinellaspark, FL - friend, member of taekwondo   February 29, 2012

cory, thankyou for always cheering me up and giving me the best advice. you were always so funny and i had so much fun hanging out with you. ill miss you, and my deepest sorrow goes out to your family. rest in paradise angel

Posted by Anna Sprague - FL - friend   February 29, 2012

God Give Strength To This Family, i cant even write this because i know how much hurts, but just think he is watching you guys from heaven saying "im fine, and now is your turn to make happiness every day from now, cuz im here to take care you" , Bless You To All Shipley Family!!

Posted by Candy Cooke - ST Pete, FL - Team Mate   February 29, 2012

Not only have I known you since we were wee children, but you helped me grow up and vice versa. You'll always be such a big part of my life, and you'll always be in my heart. My deepest sympathy to your family, as well as the rest of our childhood friends. I can't wait to see those eyes of yours again. I love you, always.

Posted by Alycia Atwell - Largo, FL - Childhood friend   February 29, 2012

I was so very proud to be the uncle of such a wonderful and talented young man.
You will never be forgotten and always in my heart.
Uncle Jimmy

Posted by James Carlyle Shipley III - Seminole - Uncle   February 29, 2012


My heart is broken with such news. No words can express how sorry I am for you and your family. My thoughts and prayers are with you during a difficult time.

God bless.

Posted by Sal Incardona    February 29, 2012


Cory has a special place in my heart with memories that will stay with me throughout my life, particularly the trips to Gettysburg and Washington DC. A great kid, with a great smile who will be missed.

Posted by Grandmother Judy - Ridgeway, SC - Grandmother   February 29, 2012


Shelby and I were blessed to know Cory, even if it was for a short time. We will hold memories of him close to our hearts.

Posted by The Olson Family - Palm Harbor, FL   February 29, 2012

Cory was an amazing person. He was such a sweet heart and had a great personality. He was quick to help others. He was an amazing brother & son to his family, an amazing boyfriend to his beautiful girlfriend, and an amazing friend to me and numerous other people who were blessed enough to know him. May he rest in paradise. My prayers are with his family and his girlfriend.

Posted by Tiffany - Largo, FL - Friend   February 29, 2012


I did not know Corey but I can see by his pictures and the wonderful words his family wrote what kind of young man he is.The Martial arts world has lost another great practicioner,he will be missed by all that knew him and those that knew of him.
Thank you
Russell A Steed
6th Black Kempo

Posted by Russell Steed - Benton, AR - Martial Arts Family   February 29, 2012


I'm so sorry, you're in my heart.

Posted by Sylver Fair - FL - Friend   February 29, 2012

Greg, Teri and families, Thinking of you in friendship and sympathy.

Posted by Tara McTigue - Clearwater, FL - Friend   February 29, 2012

I am so sorry for your loss.

Posted by Andrew Harbuck - Largo, FL - works with Grandmother   February 29, 2012


I am deeply saddened by your loss. Please accept my condolences.

Posted by Genie Dean - St. Petersburg, FL - Friend of Cory's Grandmother Sue   February 29, 2012


cory you will be dearly missed my friend, its been awhile since we chilled, its sad to hear what has happened. but it shall make us all stronger, especially with you on all our sides. rest in paradise buddy.

Posted by patrick going - seminole, FL - old friend   February 29, 2012


There are so many words I wish I said to you but I just can't say them now without you smiling at me. I miss you man it's just all so crazy. The kids really miss you and I hope you like the cards they made. They are all trying to be happy and strong for you. I just wanted to say love you bro.

Posted by Jinju White - largo, FL - Friend   February 29, 2012

I called you a role model, an intelligent young man and a great fighter... most importantly, I called you a friend. I will never forget you. You will live in our hearts and our lives forever. May God always keep you in his right hand.

I will miss seeing you, but I know that your spirit lives on. One day I will see you again in the Kingdom of Heaven. When that time comes, what a glorious day it will be to put on some gear and spar my buddy Cory again. God Speed, my friend, God speed.

Posted by Ron D.G. - Clearwater, FL - Friend   February 29, 2012


I am still in shock. Just Friday when picking up Aleisa from TKD, watching Cory pushing (motivating) the kids, his smile luminated the room. I remember when he was just a little guy, watching him grow up through the years and how much of a mentor he became to so many. It seems surreal. The entire TKD family has lost a great friend, mentor, comedian, teacher, brother and so much more to so many. May your soul be free - and watch over thee...... Forever in our hearts.

Posted by Tanya - Largo, FL - Friend/TKD Student   February 29, 2012

I worked with Corey's grandma, Sue, since 1991 and I heard "Cory stories" for many many years. I hadn't seen him, in person, since he was a little guy but had the pleasure of seeing him throughout the years in Sue's multiple photos of her boys! Cory had a special place in Grandma Sue's heart! I am so sorry for your loss.

Posted by Deana Wilson - Seminole, FL - longtime friend of Grandma Sue   February 29, 2012


Cory was a great leader/instuctor to my daughter Kaitlyn. He will be greatly missed. Our family has been close friends with his grandmother for over 20 years and even though we were only a part of his life for a year, stories of him go back a lifetime.

Posted by Wayne, Kelly and Kaitlyn Steele - Largo, FL - Tae Kwon Do Instructor/friend   February 29, 2012


I am so sorry for this families loss, Cory and i were classmates, he sat behind me in math class and I regret the decision of not turning around and saying hello and shaking his hand. By the looks of it he made an impact on all the lives he has touched, may god be with his family and the ones he loved.

Posted by nikki - pinellas park, FL - classmate   February 29, 2012


My heart goes out to you all. There are no words to express the sadness I feel over the loss of Cory. I have seen the joy that he brought you during his life and pray that those memories will carry you through the coming weeks. May the same words which confort me, comfort you - "absent from the body, present with the Lord".

Posted by Irene Anderson - Dunedin, FL   February 29, 2012

Corey you will be miss.

Posted by Martina Elmore - St.Petersburg, FL - aunt   February 29, 2012

It isn't often these days that i would completely trust my 10 yr old son with someone. Cory was just such a person Not just a mentor to my boy Jaren but somebody whose character traits i wanted imprinted on my son: humility, perserverance,gentleness, ferocity, and a quiet, calm intensity that just attracted people to him. Watching his precise kicks and grace doing tae kwon do form gave me insight to the tiger of a man i wished i could be Our thoughts are with the ones left behind--May God bless you as Cory has blessed us all. Chris LeCompte

Posted by Chris and Andrea LeCompte - pinellas park, FL - Friend (he coached my son)   February 29, 2012

I am so sorry to hear of your loss. From reading the guest book, it is easy to tell that your son was beloved by many and will be missed by all who knew him. He is the image of you, when you were in 7th and 8th grade Spanish. Be strong, and know that you will see him again one day in Heaven. Cory will be waiting for you.
Mary Edington

Posted by Mary Edington - Spring Hill, FL   February 28, 2012

On behalf of our family, we miss you! We know that you are in a much better place n we miss you . We are very sorry you lost your son. We will never forget you. Cory was an awesome instructor and friend. This is the saddest week of our lives. We are devastated!

Posted by JR Missy Alyssa Aubrey Austin Aiden - clearwater, FL - friends   February 28, 2012

Dear The Shipley Family,
Cory will be dearly missed by all. But keep in mind that he is not gone for he will always be in your heart as well he is in ours. Stay strong , you are in our prayers <3>

Posted by Kane Family - St. Petersburg, FL - Friend   February 28, 2012


Dear Cory,
It's so hard to believe that your gone. From the moment my brother started going to Tae Kwon Do I never saw you not smiling. You had one of the most amazing smiles ever.Right as I would walk into the room there would be a smile and a wave. The first time that we actually talked and had a conversation was after Sam's first test at the cook out.You and me had become the people to push the kids on the swing just by being there. Every afternoon when Sam would do something stupid or funny we would automatically look at each other and laugh. I know that you're in a better place right now and we all know that you're watching over as as we take every step. You will be truly missed by everyone that you have touched with your caring and amazing personality. Take care.

Posted by Taylor Schiller - Clearwater, FL -   February 28, 2012


In the few years that I did know Cory, and had the pleasure of training wth him, teaching with him and testing with him, I had the priviledge of knowing a great young man. Very skilled, humble and though more experience than I, he was never too proud to listen. I told him that I owe him for being there for me, and that I will be there for him when he needed me to be. Though now I may no longer have that chance to repay, I choose to never forget him, for that would be a great dishonour. I will tell his tale to those who ask. And I will tell it truly. Farewell to a Friend, and a Teammate. Truly one of the Best of U.S BEST!

R.I.P Cory Shipley. I salute a great Taekwondoin, a great Fighter, and a great Friend. Were it not for you, I would not be wearing my Black Belt with pride. You were there when I needed you to be. My condolences to your family. I will not be sad, but I will be happy that I got the chance to know you. You will live on in our memories, my Friend! *BOW*

Posted by Franco M. Liswaniso II - Phoenix, AZ - Friend   February 28, 2012

Cory, you will be missed very much!! You always had a smile and an encouraging word for all the kids at US Best and Sam will remember you as a growing young man he could look up to and be respected! I was soo proud of you for getting back on track, going to school and doing the right things!! I have to believe god needed a very special angel!!! You will be forever in our thoughts and prayers! God bless your family and may you help ease their sadness!

Posted by Liz schiller - Clearwater, FL   February 28, 2012

you were all your dad talked about, he was so proud of you. remember fishing and martial arts are even better in heaven

Posted by tim dillon - palm beach gardens, FL   February 28, 2012


Teri & Greg, I am so sorry for you loss.Cory was a very special young man and I will miss him dearly.He had great parents and brothers and sister. With an extended family that loved him. He is at peace and I am so sorry for your loss. I am here whenever you need me. I love you all.

Posted by Patti - Largo, FL   February 28, 2012


Our thoughts and prayers go out to Cory's family. We met Cory through TKD at US Best and he was such a good person. He really enjoyed working with the kids - you could see it in his face how proud he was when they broke the board and received their new belt. He will be greatly missed. God Bless.

Posted by the Stopa Family - Clearwater, FL - friend   February 28, 2012


I did not have the pleasure of meeting you
However, I heard all of the wonderful things about you from your grandmother (Sue) You are peace now and with your Mimi
You will be missed by all - my prayers are with your family

Posted by Gerry & Barbara Urbanec - Largo, FL - Friend of Sue Shipley   February 28, 2012

i am happy that cory is up in heaven but very sad that he is not with us. i will miss him very much.and i cant wait to see him when i go up to heaven.

Posted by chloe - clearwater, FL - cousin   February 28, 2012


Greg-I Love You and I am so sorry for your loss. I can't even imagine what you are going through but know that I am here for you if you need me. You must be very proud knowing that your son means so much to so many people and has touched so many lives and hearts. You and Cory will be in my prayers.

Posted by Jenni O'Connor - Largo, FL - Cousin   February 28, 2012

cory boy, we are all blessed to have you in our lives for 17yrs,I thank god every day. you will be missed and never forgotten. we all love you

Posted by joy - clearwater, FL - aunt   February 28, 2012





I am so sorry to hear of this sad news. Cory's little brother Matt was friends with Connor from TKD. I was always so impressed at Cory's passion and skill for karate as well as how protective he was of Vanessa and Matt. I had great converstaions with Greg about parenting and my heart aches for Cory's parents as well as Cory's Karate Family. I pray for peace and comfort at this time for all of you. I am deeply and truly sorry for your loss.

Posted by Tammy and Connor (from US BEST KARATE) - Dunedin, FL   February 28, 2012


I am so sorry for your loss. I can't imagine how difficult it must be for you. I pray that you all will find the strength together to get through this. Stay strong.

Posted by Samantha Scheibner - Sunrise, FL   February 28, 2012


You were always there for me, you were like a big brother to me \. i love you so much and im so sorry, i miss you forever and always ill be here and will never forget our memories we've had together.

Posted by Jessie Peterson - largo fl   February 28, 2012

Greg...Words can not express the sadness I feel for the loss of your precious son Cory. May God be with you and your family and give you peace as you go through this sorrowful time. Tom

Posted by Tom - Spruce, MI - uncle   February 28, 2012


Even though we had met Cory, we didn't know him well and had not seen him in several years, our hearts still go out to the Shipley family at this sad time. It is always such a terrible loss when someone so young leaves this world. The Shipley family has been in our thoughts since we heard the news and you will continue to be in our thoughts and prayers throughout this trying time. Be strong and lean on each other for support, family is the greatest gift to have at a time like this.

Posted by Eunice & Gene Stoddard - Millinocket, ME - Son-in-laws family   February 28, 2012


Dear Family, you have my deepest sympathy. I am praying for you.

John 16:22 and you have sorrow now, but I will see you again. Your hearts will rejoice, and no one will rob you of your joy.

Much love, Kim Webster and family

Posted by Kim Webster - Covington, LA - cousin   February 28, 2012


Gone at such a young age, but will never be forgotten

Posted by Tammy Beachy - cousin   February 28, 2012


I didn't know Cory but I saw him several times at TKD where my son attends. You could tell he was a good person just by looking at him. He took a genuine interest in the younger kids. I saw him interact with them at belt testing exams or when I would go pick up my son. He get down on their level to say something to them. I could tell he really cared about them. I am sorry for your loss. I will keep your family in my prayers.

Posted by Anita Fowler - clearwater, FL   February 28, 2012


Although we have never had the pleasure of meeting, my husband and I want to send our deepest sympathy on the death of your son. Take care of yourselves and God Bless.

Posted by Ann Chicoine - Chicopee, MA - a mother of two sons   February 28, 2012

My brother coco, I'll miss your funny faces when nobody was looking, shooting bad guys with you in xbox, and your birthday hugs. We were just starting to learn about eachother and become close. I know you loved me, I'll miss nap time when you were babysitting.

"Taking me to my house?" -Ian
"Hey dude, it's my house too." -Cory

Posted by Ian Dunn - Largo, FL - Baby brother   February 28, 2012

3 John verse 4: I have no greater joy, than to hear that my children walk in truth.

Posted by Grandpa Terry - Ridgeway, SC - Grandpa   February 28, 2012

Cory boy~ my sweetest blessing,i'll love you forever, i'll like you for always, as long as i'm living, my baby you'll be. I will see your beautiful face again, love always, Grandma Princess.

Posted by grandma princess - seminole, FL - grandma   February 28, 2012


I am so very sorry for your loss, it is so hard when we lose someone that we love let alone when it is such a young person. It just doesn't seem to make sense. It does make sense to one person though. He has taken such a wonderful and loving young person what seems to soon from us but, He needs him for something bigger than we do. I will pray for your family's strength to make it through this very trying time.

Posted by Talie Nelson - East Machias, ME   February 28, 2012

cory i love you so much. You were very talented at tkd. You were strong willed and always stood up for what you belived in.You were the best big brother anyone could ask for and i wouldn't change one thing about you i love you and miss you.

Posted by vanessa shipley - seminole, FL - sister   February 28, 2012


There are no words to express my heart felt sorrow for Cory and his Mom and Dad and Grandmother. I will pray for all the people in his life, to bring them comfort and love in this time of mourning. I will pray for them all to have the strenght to live on through all the happy times of Cory's life. I will pray to God to keep him safe, as I know he will. He is with his heaven family know and will always be at peace for eternity. He will remain in my heart for ever. Amen.

Posted by Linda Sweet - Largo, FL - Great Aunt   February 28, 2012


God's Child

Please don't be so sad,
I miss you so much too.
It's beautiful here where I am
But I worry a lot about you.
I sleep with the angels
watching over me
There's only love up here.
I'm never lonely or afraid,
Cause God's so very near.
I walk with Jesus every day
He's very kind and sweet.
Don't worry Mommy:
He holds my hand
When we cross a golden street.
I never cry or hurt myself
I see my loved ones everyday.
I play and laugh and sing a lot
And I hear you when you pray.
Please Mommy,
don't be mad at God
You see, he loves me too.
And even though
you're not here with me,
I'm really still with you.

Posted by Wendy - FL   February 28, 2012

Man Cory, just a week ago I told you that we needed to hang out! It hit me so hard when my mom told me of what had happen to you man. I can't even begin to fathom how shocked I was. We're all going to miss you dearly man. And so is everyone at TKD. You were the first person I truly became friends with at TKD and how we use to chill on the second floor of the building. Good times man! Well man, this will be my final goodbye to you. I just know that you're in a better place now. I'll miss you man.
Yours Truly, Javi Otero

Posted by Javi Otero - Largo, FL - Buddy   February 28, 2012

Ugggg! And I laughed so hard the day I was told you called me Charmander. I thought it was so funny, and I'm going to miss the reference....

Posted by Charley    February 28, 2012

Oh Cory, I can only hope you are looking down knowing how much everyone cared about you. You were so smart and funny. I loved the way Woo and Aria's eyes lit up when you came over. Aria is still talking about bug hunting with you. And I know she's going to remember that day for a very long time. And the baby will never understand why we call him Woo, and he grunted like crazy tonight, and I know you loved that little grunt. It made me laugh and cry at the same time. I enjoyed all of our conversations about all the documentary movies you and Darian would watch. Just know you were very special to a lot of people, and your memory will live strong.

Posted by Charley - St. Petersburg, FL - friend   February 28, 2012


The love in my heart is reaching out to the family. I know that this is a very difficult time for everyone, but know that GOD's strength will help you through this. I will say a pray every morning and night for you.

Kind regards,

Posted by Debbie Hogan - St Petersburg, FL - Friend of Jennifer Castleman   February 28, 2012

Continued... Stay beautiful baby, I'll see you Again, I'll do everything you wanted me to do. I'll finish what you started and make you proud, I promise.

Posted by Darian Monroe Degerick - St. Pete, FL - Girlfriend   February 28, 2012

Oh Cory, You are so missed and I love you so much. I'm over joyed that I get to have a big part in saying goodbye and that I was the last person you talked to. I know that we had our rough moments and said things we didn't mean, but I hope you know, that I only did it out of love and I was only trying to help you. I loved you so much and I know you knew that. It feels like a dream, and i'm still waiting to wake up.... I'm trying to not to feel sorry for myself, and everyone around me, but be happy for you and remember how good of a person you were. I know I only knew you for 2 years, but I feel we were so close. I knew you inside and out, backwards and front. I always knew what you were going to say before you said it. You were my go to guy, when I was mad and needed to yell, or when I was happy and needed someone to brag to. You always knew how to make my day, even when you couldn't make your own. You were every hope, and every dream I have had and every day I spent with you was the best day of my life. I'll wake up everyday and check my phone, expecting to see your beautiful face on my screen. You're happy and that means i'm happy too. Stay beautiful baby<3 i>

Posted by Darian Monroe Degerick - St. Pete, FL - Girlfriend   February 28, 2012


I'm so sorry to hear what happened.. I found out today at school.. I hope you guys are okay..

Posted by Ali Love - Largo, FL   February 28, 2012

We will see Cory even more beautiful then he was during his earthly life worshiping our lord without pain. There will be a day with no more tears, no more pain, and no more fears. There will be a day when the burdens of this place, will be no more. We'll see Jesus face to face, but until that day, we'll hold on to you always Cory. Our deepest sorrow and love.
- Debbie Irving.

Posted by Debbie Irving - Seminole, FL - Taylor Irving's Mother.   February 28, 2012

Cory, you will be terribly missed by everyone. You were a great kid, & i can't believe your gone. I hope heaven is well, & i hope to see you there one day.

Posted by Taylor Brittany Irving - Seminole, FL   February 28, 2012

Cory i love you so much and i miss you more than you could imagine. we were the closest out of almost everyone and id do anything for oyu to come back

Posted by Matthew Johnathon Shipley - seminole, FL - Brother   February 28, 2012

Our thoughts and prayers are with Cory's wonderful family during this difficult and heart wrenching time. We will never forget him, for all who knew Cory would say he was a handsome young man, and a charming smile, and a love that ran deep for his family. I remember the first time I met Cory, he was about five years old, running around Grandma Freda's back yard, his blonde hair blowing in the wind. The thought of it takes me right back to that day. I am so sorry for your loss and will continue to pray for comfort for Punsun, Greg, Vanessa, Matthew, Christine, and the whole family. We love you!! Kristy, Brad and Greg.

Posted by Kristy - Ocala, FL - Family   February 28, 2012

My sweet Cory boy ~ you are a beautiful soul that I will love & miss the rest of my life. I thank God for you. I will never understand and I cannot express my sorrow. You entered our lives so wonderfully and were such a blessing...I will always know that you were my angel. I love you...xoxo

Posted by Aunt Jen - St Pete Beach, FL   February 28, 2012

Family, we are very sorry for this loss. No words can express how we feel.
With Love, the Price family

Posted by Michael Price - Plainfield, IN - Cousin   February 28, 2012

Rest In Peace Dear Sweet Cory.

Posted by Fred & Alicia Pollard - Ocala, FL - Cousin   February 28, 2012

Dear Terri and family I am so very sorry for your loss, there are no right words to say at a time like this, you and your family are in my heart and prayers
Melissa McDow
and family

Posted by Melissa McDow - Inverness, FL - Cousin   February 28, 2012


The entire staff of Sylvan Abbey Funeral Home extends our deepest sympathy to you during this difficult time.

Posted by Sylvan Abbey Funeral Home - FL   February 27, 2012

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Life Stories

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.

Wassup Cory?

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