Shirley was united in marriage to Mary Lee Dennis on May 22, 1951. Three children were born to this union: Wally, Glenda, and Linda. Mary preceded him in death on May 29, 1992. On June 11, 1993, Shirley married Fern Smith.
Shirley worked for the Wright County Road and Bridge Crew for several years. He was a mechanic, farmer, and a blacksmith. He made fishing gigs for many people all over the area and as far away as Alaska. His greatest pastime was fishing, hunting, and working in the hay fields.
Besides his parents, and first wife Mary, Shirley was preceded in death by his son, Wally; three brothers, Vernon, Herbert, and Shelby; and three sisters, Irene Wood, Oleta Belle Renfro, and Della Dugger.
Shirley is survived by his wife, Fern of Mountain Grove, Missouri; two daughters, Glenda Moore of Hartville, Missouri, and Linda Moore of Norwood; a stepson, Brad Smith and wife Lisa of Aurora, Missouri; a daughter-in-law, Lisa Moore of Huggins, Missouri; three sisters, Sharon Renfro, Freeda Renfro, and Helen Dixon; eleven grandchildren, Ben and wife Debra of Cabool, Missouri, Brian and wife Bridget of Hartville, Dana and husband Charles of Nixa, Missouri, Darcy and husband Jared, of Mountain Grove, Shayla and husband Jed of Marcus, Iowa, Kristin and husband Dylan of Fayetteville, Tennessee, Tessa and Dawn Fisher of Springfield, Missouri, Le-Ann Mings of Lebanon, Missouri, and Bryce and Rachel of Aurora, Missouri; 26 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held on Tuesday, September 8, 2015, at 2:00 p.m. at Rock Chapel Free Will Baptist Church in Norwood, with Rev. Stanley Jones officiating. Burial was in Rock Chapel Cemetery under the direction of Craig-Hurtt Funeral Home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association c/o the funeral home.