Shirley J Kelly

April 9, 1933February 10, 2021

Shirley Elkins Kelly, 87, passed away peacefully on February 10, 2021. Shirley was the last of her generation in the Kelly and Elkins families. She was predeceased by her husband of 59 years, Carl David Kelly (1930-2012). Shirley Kelly was the daughter of the late Roy K. and Bess Elkins, of Bristol, VA. She was preceded in death by her loving brother, Robert (Bobby) Elkins of Kentucky, and sister, Dorothy Strouth, of Ohio. Shirley is survived by her four children: Debra (Debbie) Squire and her husband, John Squire; Donald (Don) Kelly; Carol Kelly; Robert (Rob) Kelly and his wife, Charlene Kelly. Shirley had one grandchild, Kristin Squire (Snyder) Alfano (husband, Sam Alfano), and three great grandchildren: Jordan Snyder, Hannah Snyder, and Isabella Alfano, along with many nieces and nephews. She also had four step grandchildren: Jonathan, Christopher, and Matthew Barbour and Oren Almond.

During her career, Shirley had been a Chiropractic Assistant and provided soothing, healing therapy for many, many patients. Shirley and her husband were members of Happy Home Baptist Church in Nakina, NC. She loved crocheting and made hundreds of afghans over the years, giving them to many family, friend, and neighbors. Additionally, she made doilies, dish cloths, and tribbles (dish scrubbies), and also shared those among many loved ones as well.

Because of the Covid-19 Pandemic, a small gathering of immediate family only will be held. In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to the Lower Cape Fear Life Care HOSPICE in Whiteville, NC or Condolences may be offered to the family at


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Karen Sharrett/Dawson

February 10, 2021

I am so sorry for your loss. Hard to loose your mom even though we know in a better place. Praying for all of you during this time. May you be giving comfort and peace. You know they all having a great time together. God bless you all. Love and hugs to your entire family

Michael Sharrett

February 10, 2021

Hey cousins of Dayton, Ohio and then NC...memories of our visit when we were all kids and even that is cloudy! Many Sunday drives to meet for lunch at that park in NC. We did that quiet a few times. And then the big family reunion of Sharretts and Kelly's was the best when your dad Carl and Aunt Dad and Mom were all there 2009 I think.

Best thoughts to you all at this time, Cousin Mike