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Celebrating the life of

Joan Zipperer Shealey

October 25, 1935 - March 30, 2024

Joan Zipperer Shealey

Joan Agnes (Zipperer) Shealey, age 88, of Savannah, Georgia, passed away on March 30, 2024. She was born on October 25, 1935, in Savannah to the late Israel H. and Agnes C. Zipperer.

Joan attended Savannah High School, graduating in 1953. She began working at Savannah Bank and Trust, then took time off to raise her three children. She eventually went back to work at Smiley's Sewing Center.

A beloved member of the White Bluff Methodist Church, Joan enjoyed singing in the choir; she was also a member of the building committee. In her free time, she enjoyed sewing and needlecraft, sharing her creativity and talent with the gifts she gave others. She was an avid Atlanta Braves fan and supported her children in all their sports and other activities. Joan was an active member of the Bethel Burton Community Center Homemakers Club.

Joan is survived by her loving husband of 70 years, Donald Shealey, and her children: Steven Shealey (Ardith), Glenn Shealey (Sheila), and Cynthia Green; grandchildren Julie Musselman, Brenda Sinoff, Thomas Ford, Glennda Shealey-Griffiths, George Triebel, Steven Triebel, Stephanie Shealey, Dustin Green, and Hunter Green; and ten great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, Israel H., and Agnes C. Zipperer, her brothers Marion McDonald Zipperer, Robert Zipperer and John Zipperer, and her sister Frances Cole.

The Funeral Service to honor her life will be 11:00 a.m., Thursday, April 4, 2024, at Fox & Weeks, Hodgson Chapel. 

A private burial will be held following the service. 

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Hospice of Savannah in memory of Joan.

Joan will be deeply missed by all who knew her, but her legacy of love, faith, and creativity will continue to live on in the hearts of those she touched.



We are so sorry to hear about Jones passing...God Bless her.

- Brawley , Charleston , SC mm

My deepest sympathies to you and your family. Words can't describe how sorry I am for your loss.Thinking of you at this difficult time. -The Quinones Family

- Quinones Family , Winter Haven , Florida

My love & sympathy to Don &- Family. You are in my prayers.

- Sylvia Dye Padgett, Cayce,, South Carolina,29033

We were so sorry to hear of Joan’s passing. She was a wonderful lady who always made you feel welcome.

- Charles & Gail Peacock, Savannah, GA

Sending our deepest sympathy to the Shealy family. Joan was a wonderful person and Cousin.

- Richard Brawley, Bogart, GA

Don and family so sorry for your loss. Joan was such a sweet lady and I knew her for so many years. ELSIE Evans

- ELSIE Evans , Savannah, Ga. 31410

So sorry for the loss of Joan. She was a true southern belle and I know she will be truly missed.

- DuPree, Denver, Colorado

A candle has been lit!

Sending our sincere condolences to you and your family

- Michael and Christine Joyce, Winter Haven, FL

Services under the direction of:

Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel

  • A private burial will be held