Shirley Ann Arrington

Born August 20, 1954

Shirley Ann “Giles” Arrington, 58, departed this life on Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at her home in Abilene, TX. Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, March 4, 2013, at King Solomon Baptist Church, 1050 Minda Street, with Reverend Houston McClendon officiating, directed by Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home, 5701 Hwy 277 South. Burial will follow in the Elliott-Hamil Garden of Memories Cemetery, 5701 Hwy 277 South, Abilene, TX. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday, March 3, 2013, at the funeral home.

The daughter of Bobbie Cummings and Moia Giles, Shirley was born in Fort Worth, Texas on August 20, 1954. She attended Woodson then Cooper High School. After marrying and moving to Rahway, New Jersey in 1973, she returned to Abilene in 1975 where she remained until her passing. Shirley had a passion for fashion and enjoyed finding deals at second hand stores for herself and others. She made sure she had on her makeup and was well dressed whenever she left her house. She enjoyed helping others and bringing a smile to everyone’s face.

Her parents, Bobbie and Moia Giles preceded her in death.

Survivors include sons, Brian Stokes (Idell), Geocoby Arrington and daughter Miracle “Angie” Nichols (Jayson). Grandchildren include Christian and Glorianna Nichols, Brittany and Imani Stokes and great-grandson Jayden Wilson. She is also survived by her sister, Pamela J. Giles. Shirley also leaves to mourn aunts, uncles, cousins and a host of friends and strangers who will remember her as a lady who always lit up a room with her smile and unconditionally loving spirit. She walked in beauty.

Pallbearers include Bobby Beaty, Christopher Beaty, Jayson Nichols, Juan Herrera, Michael Nichols, Robert Jacques and Ron Egly.

Please express your condolences by donating to Shirley’s favorite charity, Goodwill Industries, or to a charity of choice in her honor. One of Shirley’s greatest passions was finding ways to give to others.

2 Timothy 1:7 ~~~ "For God hath not given us the spirit of fear, but of power, and love, and of a sound mind."

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Sharon Ann Chambers

March 10, 2013


Belynda Escobar

March 5, 2013

My heart is very sadden; Shirley knew she was my favorite cousin,(she knew this because I told her this many of times)Shirley was my first cousin; I will never forget we had a great time when you came to Austin; although we did not get to see one another as often as we could our love for one another was always there...I will miss you Shirley, you was so sweet! you can rest now. I love you so!

March 4, 2013


I just heard about your sisters passing. I am so sorry to hear about that! Be strong and know that we are all praying for you and your family!!!


Charles Lewis

Leslie Jenkins

March 4, 2013

Pam - Thinking of you and your family today and sending love and prayers your way. I'm so sorry for the loss of your sister.

Leslie Jenkins

Scott Akard

March 3, 2013

Miracle........I was so saddened to hear about your Mom. I always loved to see her at Noah Sales Again and in these last years running into her at Goodwill. She was a bright, vibrant and elegant lady.
I have walked in your shoes and will tell you that although the grief is overwhelming, time will enable you to manage your loss.........she is now an Angel in Heaven who will walk with you and your family, always. May God Bless you at this time.......

Jennifer Benavides

March 3, 2013

Such a beautiful and sweet sweet lady! I'm blessed that I had the honor of knowing Ms. Shirley....Miracle I love you more than words can are my sister from another mother and I will always be here for you, anytime, night or day. I am so sorry for your you!! Jennifer Benavides

Yolanda Franklin

March 3, 2013

May God be with you and your family in your time of sorrow.Shirley will be missed down here but she is now with our family members who is in heaven looking down on us.

The Sanders Sisters & Family

March 2, 2013

We are collectively deeply saddened by the departure of cousin Shirley. To say she undoubtedly shined such a beautiful light is an understatement. She was a wonderful representative of kindness and pure love. We will daily lift family, friends, and anyone who encountered our dear cousins presence.

Jessie/Willie B. Stokes

March 2, 2013

Brian, you all have our sympathy. I am so glad you were able to find your real mother and shall time and love. Remember to cast all your cares on Jesus, He want put any more on you then you can bear.

We love you, Jessie (dad) & Willie B. Stokes

Phyllis Henry

March 2, 2013

Shirley was a very sweet lady from the first day I met her. It was like we gained a angle just as Brian did, it was like we were never strangers. Just as my sister Idell said, she made it so easy to LOVE her. I got a chance to do her hair and doing it made me smile to see her so grateful was just awesome...She came to California and became something special to our whole family.. Love you family!! And Shirley you Rest in the Peace that you wanted everyone to share!!! Phyllis Henry....