Fallen Hero: Retired Chief Warrant Officer 4 William (Billy) H. Shimp


Funeral Home

Moore Funeral Home

805 Hardy Street Hattiesburg, MS


11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Friday, May 3, 2024, Hattiesburg Chapel, Moore Funeral Home.


Celebration of Life following the committal at the Carnes Community Center.


Military Service Tribute, Honors, and Obituary:

Recognizing and Honoring a Fallen Hero, Who Served Within the Mississippi National Guard. “Fallen, Yet Not Forgotten”.

In recognition of our proud American tradition of honorable service which our military men and women have given to their country and our State, we honor a Fallen Hero. Our nation, our state, and the National Guard Association of MS (NGAMS) regard the memorializing of its retired military deceased as an honorable and sacred obligation.

Another great Soldier and Fallen Hero has been released from duty, passed from our ranks on April 27, 2024, and has moved on to his heavenly home. Retired Chief Warrant Officer 4 William (Billy) H. Shimp, age 92, who had served within the MSARNG in the 3656th Maintenance Company and has departed and gone to a better place with our good Lord.  Billy worked at the Shelby CSMS for forty-two years.

It takes a special person to serve within the military for their country, giving up their family time, comfort, and safety for their country, ultimately for all Americans to enjoy their freedoms, safety, and way of life. We now applaud you for your service to our country.  A special message from General Douglas McArthur remains applicable today for our servicemen that have passed: “Old Soldiers never die; they just fade away”.

Rest in Peace Soldier.  We applaud your patriotism, sacrifices, and brave efforts in serving our country and your family for their support of your service. We thank you for your service. Without your efforts and your families’ support, our country would not stand so boldly, shine so bright, and live so free.

You now have earned a rest, so go fly with the Angels, go rest high on that mountain; your work on earth is done. Go to heaven a-shoutin’ Love for the Father and the Son.

Another great Soldier has gone home, “Fallen, Yet Not Forgotten, Soldier for Life”.

Obituary, Visitation, and Service details:

William (Billy) H. Shimp, 92, of Brooklyn, MS passed away peacefully at his home on Saturday, April 27, 2024. Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, May 3, 2024 at the Hattiesburg Chapel of Moore Funeral Home with interment in Shattles Cemetery with Military Honors to follow. There will be a Celebration of Life following the committal at the Carnes Community Center.

Billy retired after serving 42 years at CSMS Camp Shelby, MS after serving two years active duty in the Korean Conflict. He retired Chief Warrant Officer 4. After retiring, Billy’s zest for life kept him busy. Anyone who knew Billy Shimp knows there was nothing he could not do. He was a mechanic, a carpenter, a brick mason. He enjoyed woodworking and sawmilling with his buddies, as well as his antique Model A car and car club. Some of our best times were spent with daddy on his houseboat, fishing the bayous, running lines and catching catfish. Billy was preceded in death by his father, Loyd Shimp; his mother Alma Shattles Shimp Myers; his stepfather Harvey Myers; his half-brother Ed Shimp; his sister Carolyn McCardle; his son Bill Shimp, Jr; grandson Brian Horne; and his sons-in-law Chuck Cadena and Steve Dietrich.

Billy is survived by his three daughters Debbie Cadena, Billye (Bebe) Dietrich, Selita Shimp; his sister Virginia Rigby; four grandchildren, Kim (Steven) Cadena Smith, Kandise Courtney, Douglas Courtney, Jennifer (Ezer) Gasmi; six great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Daddy was 92 years old but to hear him talk about any subject at all you would think you were talking with a very intelligent 50-year-old man.

Visitation for Billy will be from 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. on Friday, May 3, 2024 at the Hattiesburg Chapel of Moore Funeral Home.

Rest in Peace Daddy. You will be missed.