Edith Shirley

Honea Path – Mary Edith Fleming Shirley, widow of William Bruce Shirley, formerly of Sauer Farm Road, passed away January 3, 2018 at The Maples Retirement Community, at age 89. Born in Due West on July 19, 1928, she was a daughter of the late Roy and Ethel Simpson Fleming. She grew up part of a sharecropper family, graduated 11th grade high school in Due West and enjoyed being a Due West telephone operator in early adulthood. On May 8, 1948, she married William Bruce Shirley, a farmer, became a homemaker, and is remembered by farmhands and family for many great meals. She was a life long fan of Clemson Tigers, attending many football games, and the New York Yankees. She was a member of Keowee Baptist Church, and attended The Joy Sunday school class at Barker’s Creek Baptist Church.


Mrs. Shirley is survived by one son: Bill Shirley of Honea Path; three sisters: Muriel McCoy, Carolyn McCoy (Leonard) and Eula Phillips (David) of Honea Path; two grandchildren: Aaron Elaine Smith and Kathryn Reece Harris; four great-grandchildren; Shannon Joseph, Sarah Grace, Zayden Reece, and Emma Rose: a son-in-law: Kenneth R. Stanley, Jr; a sister-in-law: Ann Gambrell Fleming and numerous nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews.

In addition to her husband, she is preceded in death by one daughter: Mary Shirley Stanley; two brothers: Charles Fleming and William “Buddy” Fleming; a sister: Kathryn Fleming; two infant twin sisters; her mother and father-in-law: Aaron and Winnie Ashley Shirley; a sister-in-law: Lucille Baay Fleming; a brother-in-law: L. C. McCoy, and four brother-in-laws and sister-in-laws: Furman and Betty Shirley McClain, Luther and Ruth Shirley Fields, Ray and Sybil Ricketts Shirley, and Evans and Kathleen Shirley Ragsdale.

Funeral services will be at 11:00 AM Saturday, January 6, 2018 at Pruitt Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Billy Slatten officiating. Burial will follow at Keowee Baptist Church Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 10-11 PM Saturday, prior to the service at the funeral home. Prayers and flowers are appreciated. Messages of condolence may be left for the family at www.ParkerWhitePruitt.com.

Service Details

  • Date: Saturday, January 6, 2018
  • Time: 11:00 AM
  • Place: Pruitt Funeral Home Chapel
  • Cemetery: Keowee Baptist Church Cemetery
  • Visitation: 10-11 AM Saturday
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