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Sybil Ricketts Shirley

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.


Keowee Baptist Church
4640 Keowee Rd
Honea Path, SC  29654
Thursday, February 28, 2013
1:30-2:30 PM


Keowee Baptist Church
4640 Keowee Rd
Honea Path, SC  29654
Thursday, February 28, 2013
3:00 PM


Keowee Baptist Church Cemetery
4640 Keowee Rd
Honea Path ,  SC  29654

Memorial Contributions

Keowee Baptist Church Cemetery Fund
4640 Keowee Rd
Honea Path, SC 29654 Main St United Methodist Church
PO Box 656
Abbeville, SC 29620

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House of RepresentativesState of South CarolinaMike Gambrell District No. 7 - Abbeville- Anderson Counties 400 Filter Plant Road Honea Path, SC 29654 Committee: Labor, Commerce and Industry 436-B Blatt BuildingColumbia, SC 29201mikegambrell@schouse.govTel. (803) 734-2947Cell (864) 844-3614March 12, 2013The Family of Ms. Sybil ShirleyDear Shirley Family: We would like to express deepest condolences for the loss of your mother and family member, Ms. Sybil Shirley. Losing a loved one is a very difficult time and a burden of grief that we have to let the Lord carry for us. May you find peace and comfort in Him over the coming days. We know that Ms. Shirley touched many lives and that she will be missed by all that knew and loved her. We will remember your family in our thoughts and prayers over the coming days. If there is anything we can do at this time, please feel free to contact us. In Deepest Sympathy, Representative Michael and Reene' Gambrell SC House

Mike Gambrell Mar 12 2013 12:00 AM

My thoughts and prayers are with you. Mrs. Shirley was blessed with wonderful, loving care by a devoted family. Thankfully, she and all of you have now been released from this terrible disease.

Rose-Marie Williams Mar 4 2013 12:00 AM

WE are sorry to hear of your loved one's passing but she passed from earth into heaven where there is no more sorrow or pain. She is rejoicing as she sees loved ones that have gone on before but those of you that are her family and friends will miss her. May God be close and in your hearts and minds in the days ahead. With Our Love, Langdon and Sandra Erwin

Langdon and Sandra Erwin Mar 2 2013 12:00 AM

Tony, Vicky and Family,My thoughts and prayers are with you during this sad time.

Dwayne Little Feb 28 2013 12:00 AM

To Sybil's brothers and sisters. We just heard about her death today. I know we have not seen each other in a long time but do remember our "younger" years in school and reunions. May each of you have the peace that passeth all understanding and cherish her memory.

Don and Sarah McClain Feb 28 2013 12:00 AM

Mike, Bob and family, So sad for you, but so happy for Sybil as she is in the presence of her Lord and Savior. A very sweet lady with a beautiful smile for everyone she met. I wonder if she has met with Larry and Dad yet. Our families have such good memories when we were at Keowee. May God bless each of you today and in the days ahead. God is good all the time. Love and prayers to all of you. Peg Howell and Mary Doris Craig

Peggy Howell Feb 28 2013 12:00 AM

Mike, Conway and Family,We are so sorry to hear of your Mom's death. You are in our thoughts and prayers. I am not going to come to the service today, but will be thinking of ya'll.

Ricky & Nancy Dunn Feb 28 2013 12:00 AM

We are so sorry for you loss. We have you in our prayers and in our thoughts. I enjoyed taking care of you mom. She had a beautiful smile.

Angie & Todd Pickens Feb 27 2013 12:00 AM

Our deepest sympathy to the Shirley family. May God be with you during this difficult time.

Jim and Becky Rich Feb 27 2013 12:00 AM

Mike, Bob & Family Members,I am thinking of you during your time of sorrow. My heart over flows w ith fond memories of Sybil. I recall how our families shared so many good times. Mama sends her love and hopes to be able to attend the funeral. We love ya'll dearly!

Gail Johnson Feb 27 2013 12:00 AM

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