Lawrence Sonny Shipp III
January 14, 1988 - June 1, 2011
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Lawrence Sonny P. Shipp, III NORFOLK, VA Little Sonny, born January 14, 1988, 23, entered his eternal afterlife on June 1, 2011, to be with our Lord. Little Sonny has left behind his family and friends with irreplaceable memories that will never fade.. In his 23 years of life, putting a smile on everyones face…

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Leigh Berry left a message on June 3, 2011:
May the Spirit of the Lord fill your heart with His love and comfort you. I am praying for each of you; my dear friend, Sonny, Helen, Ronnie, and Veronica and the bonds that have joined our lives throughout the years. I will remember "little" Sonny's warm smile and jolly persoality. Thoughts of friendship, God Bless you, Leigh Berry
Connie Gibson left a message on June 3, 2011:
Dearest Helen and family, There are no words to express my sorrow on the passing of Little Sonny. May beautiful memories warm your heart and all the treasured loving times with him sustain you and the family in this time of need. My prayers are for you all and of course for Little Sonny, may he rest in peace. Our deepest sympathy, Connie & Bill
Michelle left a message on June 3, 2011:
Well I didn't know Sonny very well but I used to live next door and he was always nice to me and everyone that he was around even if he didn't know them but I can say that sunny was always doing the things he liked no matter who was around WATCH OVER ALL OF US SONNY ITS NOT GOODBYE ITS ILL SEE U LATER
Kasey Stroupe-Atim left a message on June 3, 2011:
Little Sonny; its been forever since I have seen you. Last time I remember was when my dad lived with your dad a while. I won't be at your funeral but I surely will be thinking of you. I have your dad and whole family in my thoughts and my heart goes out to them. There is nothing that will ever make it better; but I hope that they can find the comfort and strength in each other to get them through these next few days at least. It's such a long road from here even. Big Sonny, Cece, Bubba.. My heart goes out to you all. Little Sonny... thank you for ALL the laughs. :
The Eyler Family left a message on June 3, 2011:
We are so sorry for your loss. Our prayers are with you. The Eyler Family
Peace of mind is a call away. We’re here when you need us most.
Connie Kaiser left a message on June 3, 2011:
Helen and Family, May God be with you and your family at this time. I cannot even imagine the sadness you must feel. Please know my prayers are with you all. Connie and Wyann Kaiser
SHARON AND BILLY CULBERTSON left a message on June 5, 2011:
HELEN, IT'S BEEN QUITE A WHILE SINCE WE SPOKE LAST, BUT ONE THING FOR SURE....YOU ARE SO PROUD OF YOUR CHILDREN AND LOVE THEM BOTH SO VERY MUCH. I CANNOT BEGIN TO IMAGINE WHAT YOU ARE GOING THROUGH, BUT KNOW THIS, OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU. IF YOU NEED ANYTHING AT ALL. CALL ON US...PLEASE.
Debbie Byrd left a message on June 5, 2011:
Helen and Family, I am so sorry to hear about Little Sonny. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. God Bless, Debbie
Debbie Chappell left a message on June 5, 2011:
Helen & Family, So sorry for your lost. Our thoughts & prayers are with you. May God bless you all!
Michelle left a message on June 6, 2011:
i just want to say that he will be very muched missed he was the one that could bring a smile on your face if you were having the most worst day ever and he would just act a fool to get you to smile if you were looking down keep watch over all of us AND IT S NOT GOODBYE ITS I WILL SEE YOU LATER
Kalena Horen left a message on June 10, 2011:
Sonny, I knew you throughout some of the easiest and most chill years of our lives. Years Nobody can give back. I know since those years we have lost contact and both been through a lot. I don't know how life has been for you between the nand now or how the end came to you so suddenly. But I know its a damn shame. You have always been the type of person who draws everyone in. Demanding Attention. The image I will always have of you is the way you never failed to make everyone laugh, even if it was about me or someone else equally deserving. It breaks my heart that this has happened and I along with so many other people just wish I would have been able to help. For any and everyone who loves Sonny, I feel your pain. He is a Beautiful person and I feel lucky to have known him if even for just briefly. Rest Peacefully Sonny. -Kelly
Sarah Weitzel Warfield left a message on August 9, 2011:
I knew Sonny in middle school. We took a few classes together and he was always a very cool person to be around. We went to different high schools and lost touch, but anytime I look at my yearbook I always remember him fondly. Hearing about a person so young passing away is never easy. My condolences to the family.
Amanda Fawne left a message on May 11, 2012:
LAWRENCE PATRICK SHIPP <3 My dear Sonnyboy - Three weeks from today will be a year since your tragic passing. It's been the heaviest year that I have EVER experienced, if you can only imagine. But I still feel you here. In fact, I feel your presence almost every day. I feel your radiant smile pouring in through every open window. I feel you rushing around me like a strong gale when I'm lost and depressed and completely alone. You know? Those moments of darkening despair when you're trapped yet screaming out for deliverance and you don't think a solitary existing soul genuinely cares for even half a second? Then, there you are. Ahh yes. You are that mesmerizing soul. A delightful friend in life, a beautiful friend in beyond. People tell me to "Let go." Why should I let go? People tell me to "Accept he's dead, move past it." What? Am I required by this selfish, shallow, egotistical & quite delirious society to completely forget your existance? I refuse to forget you Sonny! I keep you alive every single day. What the hell is "closure"? When pure love is ignited and has unbounded power, that Godly bond will never die. It can never leave you. Your physical vessel is no longer being kept alive but that brilliant soul that you are is still very much alive. I attest to it! You were and still are such an inspiration to me. You never wanted to escape reality with me, you wanted to be alive! You would skate to my house right down the street, we'd walk until the sun dipped down into the horizon and we'd talk of philosophies and morals and nature. You were the big brother that my little brother never had - in a father or in anything. He looked up to you back then. You were invincible, you could do ANYTHING! We'd climb trees and swing from monkey bars. We'd laugh endlessly and you'd give me advice on my twisted family. We had a pure friendship. Everytime we would reunite it was always purely to live as God's children, not escape. I treasure all of our memories. I always will. I was the very last person you reached out to before death, through a mysterious FB message. You never said goodbye, you never specified what was going to happen. When I tried to save you, it was too late.. you were gone. If I knew back then what I know now, I would have been your hero! I live with this on my heart every single day. Your death is the greatest wound I have ever experienced. Sonny, I love you always. I am one friend that could never, would never forget you <3
Amanda Fawne left a message on May 11, 2012:
LAWRENCE PATRICK SHIPP <3 My dear Sonnyboy - Three weeks from today will be a year since your tragic passing. It's been the heaviest year that I have EVER experienced, if you can only imagine. But I still feel you here. In fact, I feel your presence almost every day. I feel your radiant smile pouring in through every open window. I feel you rushing around me like a strong gale when I'm lost and depressed and completely alone. You know? Those moments of darkening despair when you're trapped yet screaming out for deliverance and you don't think a solitary existing soul genuinely cares for even half a second? Then, there you are. Ahh yes. You are that mesmerizing soul. A delightful friend in life, a beautiful friend in beyond. People tell me to "Let go." Why should I let go? People tell me to "Accept he's dead, move past it." What? Am I required by this selfish, shallow, egotistical & quite delirious society to completely forget your existance? I refuse to forget you Sonny! I keep you alive every single day. What the hell is "closure"? When pure love is ignited and has unbounded power, that Godly bond will never die. It can never leave you. Your physical vessel is no longer being kept alive but that brilliant soul that you are is still very much alive. I attest to it! You were and still are such an inspiration to me. You never wanted to escape reality with me, you wanted to be alive! You would skate to my house right down the street, we'd walk until the sun dipped down into the horizon and we'd talk of philosophies and morals and nature. You were the big brother that my little brother never had - in a father or in anything. He looked up to you back then. You were invincible, you could do ANYTHING! We'd climb trees and swing from monkey bars. We'd laugh endlessly and you'd give me advice on my twisted family. We had a pure friendship. Everytime we would reunite it was always purely to live as God's children, not escape. I treasure all of our memories. I always will. I was the very last person you reached out to before death, through a mysterious FB message. You never said goodbye, you never specified what was going to happen. When I tried to save you, it was too late.. you were gone. If I knew back then what I know now, I would have been your hero! I live with this on my heart every single day. Your death is the greatest wound I have ever experienced. Sonny, I love you always. I am one friend that could never, would never forget you <3
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