Sybil Frances Ricketts Shirley, 82, formerly of 7985 Hwy. 20 Honea Path, SC widow of James Ray Shirley passed away Tuesday Feb. 26, 2013 at Abbeville Nursing Home.
Born June 29, 1930 she was a daughter of the late William Clarence and Ruby Leona Adams Ricketts.
She retired from Dixie High School as a Study Hall Teacher with over 25 years of service. She was a lifetime member of Keowee Baptist Church where she was very active until Alzheimer's took that away from her. She was an avid gardener with a green thumb for raising plants and beautiful flowers which she shared with her neighbors and friends.
Survivors include 2 sons Mike (Conway W.) Shirley of Due West, SC and Bob Shirley of Abbeville, SC; 2 sisters JoAnn R. (Jimmy Ray) Wilson of Belton, SC and Dot R. (Ronnie) Copelan of Simpsonville, SC; 5 brothers Clarence "Jr." (Barbara) Ricketts of Abbeville, SC, Larry (May) Ricketts of Salisbury, NC, Kenneth (Carolyn) Ricketts of Donalds, SC, Roger (Sandra) Ricketts of Donalds, SC and Tony (Vickie) Ricketts of Abbeville, SC; grandchildren Reagan S. (Matt) Cox of Donalds, SC, Lenna S. (Jesse) Kirchner of Charleston, SC, Georgia Rae S. (Corey) Richey of Honea Path, SC and Carlyle A. Shirley of Due West, SC; great-grandchildren Mati and Reed Cox, Clara Kirchner and Riley Rae Richey.
She was preceded in death by a sister Shirley R. Sanders and a son Tim Shirley.
Funeral services will be conducted Thursday Feb. 28, 2013 at 3:00 PM in Keowee Baptist Church with the Revs. Randy Taylor and Tony Lee officiating. The burial will follow in the church cemetery.
The family will receive friends at Keowee Baptist Church social hall from 1:30 until 2:30 PM Thursday afternoon prior to services. The family is at the home of her son Mr. & Mrs. Mike Shirley 144 Winona Church Rd. Due West, SC.
Memorial may be made to Keowee Baptist Church, Cemetery Fund, 4640 Keowee Rd. Honea Path, SC 29654 or to Main St. United Methodist Church PO Box 656 Abbeville, SC 29620.