William Shirley

William Shirley
November 25, 1946 – January 28, 2018

William Shirley, 71, of Bryan, passed away on Sunday, January 28, 2018, in Bryan. The family will hold a memorial service at a later date. Cremation services are in the care of Callaway-Jones Funeral and Cremation Centers Bryan-College Station.

William was born in Peach Orchard, Arkansas to his parents Jack and Hazel Eddings Shirley. William went to work in his teenage years helping his family. He was employed with Twin City Fans factory for a number of years but would also follow the harvest seasons for extra money. He met his wife Brenda during one of the trips to Michigan. They married in 1964 in his hometown of Peach Orchard; raising four children, three of which were born in Illinois and the last in Minnesota. William enjoyed bass and catfish fishing; his favorite river was the Brazos River to fish. In his earlier days he was a true hunter in South Dakota. He shared his love of the great outdoor with his seven grandchildren. He was blessed to see his family grow with the nine great-grandchildren.

His parents both preceded him in death.

He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Brenda Shirley; sons Kevin Shirley, Allen and his wife Charlotte Shirley, of Sioux Falls, SD; his daughters, Pam and her husband Billy Bria, of Caldwell, Rhonda and her husband Terry Burkhalter, of Bryan; his sisters, Charlotte and husband Gary Chamnes, of Arizona, Monarae and her husband Dewayne Whipple, of Arco, Id; his seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

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  1. Condolences. It’s never easy to bury those closest to us. The distance only enhance all the memories, but take comfort from the scriptures. Isaiah 33:2 comes to mind . There Isaiah asks that Jehovah show us favor in times of distress even asking that he become our arm or strength. Always know that we might not understand how hard this is for you, but Jehovah does.

  2. There are no words to tell you how sorry I am. Please know that y’all are in my thoughts and prayers. My heart aches for you all and knowing the sadness and pain you are going through.
    Praying for Gods comfort, friends and family to help during this difficult time. I wish I was closer,
    but know that I am always a phone call away.
    I love you all!

    Joanna –


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