Ms. Betty A. Shirley

Published 3:52 pm Friday, March 6, 2020

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Ms. Betty A. Shirley, age 81, of Valley passed away peacefully on Thursday, March 5, 2020. She was surrounded by her family at her residence in Valley.

Ms. Shirley was born in Welch on July 25, 1938, to the late Robert Richard Lyons and Jewell Chase Lyons.

Ms. Shirley is survived by her children, Chris (Wanda) Oliver of Valley and Cathy (Russell) Henry of Fredonia; grandchildren Raven (Watson) Nichols of Lawrenceville, Georgia, Cassie (Jeremy) Gordon of Lanett, Randalyn Henry of Auburn; great-grandchildren, Sailor Nichols, Jack Nichols and Jacob Gordon; and step-children, Tyre (Sandra) Turner, Carol (Rusty) Ross, Jack (Allyson) Shirley, Sean (Crystal) Shirley, and numerous step-grandchildren. She is also survived by her sister, Sue (Ray) Watson, Valley.

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Ms. Shirley was a retired dental hygienist, and she was a former employee of West Point Stephens, where she was the supervisor of the cloth room at Langdale Mill and Shawmut Mill. She was also employed at Hood’s Pharmacy after her retirement, where she met and made many friends.

Ms. Shirley was an active member of the Lanett United Methodist Church, The Huguley Lions Club, and the Active Life Senior Center in West Point, Georgia. She enjoyed playing card games with her friends and traveling at every opportunity. Ms. Shirley’s greatest joy in life was her family.

She loved her children and grandchildren, and she spent time with them at every possible opportunity. She enjoyed taking care of others, and she will be remembered as a good friend, an excellent cook, and a loving and funny mother and grandmother.

A memorial service will be held Sunday, March 8 at Johnson Brown Services Funeral Home in Valley at 2 p.m. with visitation at 1:30 p.m.

Flowers are accepted, or donations can be made to the American Cancer Society in Ms. Shirley’s memory.

Please visit her Memorial Tribute page at to leave a kind word for her family, share a memory of Mrs. Shirley, or to light a Remembrance Candle in her memory.

Johnson Brown-Service Funeral Home of Valley is directing.