Shirley W. Barbour

30 July, 19345 October, 2021

Shirley Woods Barbour, 87, of Martinsville, VA passed away after a brief illness on Tuesday, October 5, 2021. She was born in Richmond, VA on July 30, 1934 to John Walker Woods and Margaret Virginia Waters Woods.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, William (Bill) Barbour. She is survived by her children: Lauren Brennan (Patrick) of Glade Hill, VA, Mark Barbour (Sarah) of Kingsport, TN, Maria Hicks (Charles) of Grand Prairie, TX, and Margaret Brande (Tim) of Reidsville, NC; grandchildren: Afton Brennan, Joshua Hicks, Samantha S. Maxfield (Aaron), Jared Hicks, Shannon Sherwood, Will Barbour, Owen Barbour, and Sam Barbour; great-grandchildren: Woods, Maggie, and Clare Maxfield; sister: Pamela Rice of Abingdon, VA; brother: James W. Woods (Susan) of Crystal River, Florida; in-laws Rita and Leon Murphy and Kenneth and Judy Barbour, all of Patrick Springs, VA; and beloved uncle Patrick Woods (Ginny) of Glen Allen, VA.

She attended business school in Richmond, VA, worked several years as a secretary before becoming a homemaker. She was a longtime member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church and served on several church committees; served as a volunteer for the American Heart Association; but her greatest joy was being a mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

On Friday, October 8, 2021, visitation will be held from noon until 1 pm prior to the funeral service at 1 pm at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Martinsville. Burial will follow at Roselawn Burial Park. Due to Covid-19 regulations, social distancing and masks will be required.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Joseph’s Catholic Church building fund.

The family extends a heartfelt thank you to longtime best friends, Wally and Shelby Thompson; loving friend, Kitty Gleason; our church family, our wonderful neighbors, and the caring nurses, therapists and aides at Rocky Mount Rehabilitation Center.


  • John Walker Woods, Father (deceased)
  • Margaret Virginia Waters Woods, Mother
  • William "Bill" Barbour, Husband of 62 years (deceased)
  • Lauren Brennan, Daughter
  • Patrick Brennan, Son-in-law
  • Mark Barbour, Son
  • Sarah Barbour, Daughter-in-law
  • Maria Hicks, Daughter
  • Charles Hicks, Son-in-law
  • Margaret Brande, Daughter
  • Tim Brande, Son-in-law
  • Afton Brennan, Grandchild
  • Joshua Hicks, Grandchild
  • Samantha S. Maxfield, Grandchild
  • Aaron Maxfield, Samantha's husband
  • Jared Hicks, Grandchild
  • Shannon Sherwood, Grandchild
  • Will Barbour, Grandchild
  • Owen Barbour, Grandchild
  • Sam Barbour, Grandchild
  • Woods Maxfield, Great Grandchild
  • Maggie Maxfield, Great Grandchild
  • Clare Maxfield, Great Grandchild
  • Pamela Rice, Sister
  • James W. Woods, Brother
  • Susan Woods, Sister-in-law
  • Rita Murphy, Sister-in-law
  • Leon Murphy, Rita's husband
  • Kenneth Barbour, Brother-in-law
  • Judy Barbour, Kenneth's wife
  • Patrick Woods, Beloved Uncle
  • Ginny Woods, Patrick's wife

  • St. Joseph's Caholic Church Building Fund


  • Visitation

    Friday, 8 October , 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Friday, 8 October , 2021

  • Interment

    Friday, 8 October , 2021


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Trish Salafia (Woods)

8 October 2021

So many amazing memories especially at the beach years ago. Shirley always had the best smile and laugh and she was loved by so many. She will be very missed but her legacy will live on in her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. She loved her family and we loved her.

Linda Guilliams

7 October 2021

Ken and I want to extend our sincerest condolences on the death of Shirley. She was one of the finest women that I ever knew. She loved her family and especially loved all children. When we lived on Murphy Road and our daughter was born, she found the perfect gift for Allison - a little rag doll that she could hold and chew on as she sat in her baby swing. I was working at Fieldcrest with Bill until I left at the end of 1997 so I watched your family grow. Shirley was always there smiling with pride at her family. God bless each of you.

Linda and Ken Guilliams

Alice Simpson

6 October 2021

Margaret & family,
Thinking of you with love and sympathy during this most difficult time. alice

Carol Rodi

6 October 2021

What can I say for such a wonderful lady-my mother, Jeanne's, best friend. Bill and Shirley were both people I admired, a loving couple and true friends. They came to Richmond when my mother was dying and provided great strength and compassion. Shirley was a pleasure to have as a neighbor. Most people don't know this, but when I was a teenager, someone called my house and scared me in the middle of the night. Shirley jumped out of bed, came to my house and took me home making sure I was safe. I know that she performed many kindnesses that we know nothing about, because she did much for me and my family. We will miss her.

Susan Bazaaks Kontoleon

6 October 2021

I have many fond memories of growing up on Ridge Rd with all of you. Your mom was a big part of a very happy childhood. I'll always remember both of our moms watching the soap operas every afternoon and many happy visits at our kitchen table. I'm so glad I was able to visit both your parents a couple of summers back. My condolences to all of you. Susan Bazakas Kontoleon and Anthony Kontoleon

william cohoon

6 October 2021

I always thought of Shirley as one of the kindest persons I've ever known. She was a joy to be around. My only regret is I wish I could have spent more time with her. God is getting a great addition to Heaven.

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