A native of Avery County, NC he was a son of the late George & Bertha Blalock Shirley. He had lived most of his life in Elizabethton. Mr. Shirley served in the United States Navy during the Korean Conflict. He served on the USS Wisconsin. He was selected in 2013 to represent Carter County in the Honor Flight Program. Mr. Shirley was an over the road truck driver for 37 years. He was a member and Deacon of Calvary Baptist Church and the Men’s 1 Sunday school Class. He was also a member of Dashiell Masonic Lodge # 238 and the American Legion Post 49. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a Granddaughter: Rachael Whaley.
Survivors include his wife of 65 years: Betty Lou Hicks Shirley. Four Children: Debra Sanders & husband David, Johnson City, Eddie Martin Shirley II & wife Jane, Knoxville, Keith Shirley & wife Barbara, Kingsport and Diane Whaley & husband Mike, Gray. Six Grandchildren: Jamie Singer, Aaron McGhee, Andrea Hamilton, John Shirley, Josh Lane and Andrew Whaley. Seven Great Grandchildren: Caroline, Ellie, Max, Kaelynn, Carsen, Henry and Lena. Two Sisters: Georgia McClain and Betty Jean Shirley, both of Newland, NC. His special Care Giver: Patty Moody.
Funeral Services will be conducted at 7 p.m. Thursday in Memorial Funeral Chapel with Pastor Jacob Guinn and Pastor Steve Pate officiating. Graveside Service and Interment will be at 11 a.m. Friday, January 19, 2018 in Happy Valley Memorial Park. Active Pallbearers will be Grandsons. Honorary Pallbearers will be Calvary Baptist Church Family. The family would like to express a special “Thank You” to the Doctors and Staff of the Community Living Center Mountain Home. Military Honors will be provided by the Carter County Honor Guard. The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday in the funeral home. Family and friends will assemble at the funeral home at 10:20 a.m. Friday to go to the cemetery. Condolences may be sent to the family at our web-site www.memorialfcelizabethton.com.
Memorial Funeral Chapel, 212 N. Main Street, Elizabethton is serving the Shirley family