Lawrence William Shippey, a champion tennis player, died on Aug. 29 of cancer. He was 87.
Shippey was only 18 years old when he won the Waycross, Ga., singles tennis championship. He played for two years at Georgia Southern then transferred to the University of Georgia to study journalism.
He served as a flight instructor for the Naval Air Corps during World War II. When he left the service, Shippey founded the Georgia Builders construction company; he’d work there in the mornings and play tennis in the afternoons.
In the 1960s, Shippey partnered with legendary tennis player Bitsy Grant to win six national senior doubles championships. He also won doubles tournaments with former Georgia Tech football coach Bobby Dodd. He was inducted into the Georgia Tennis Hall of Fame in 1984.