Shirley McCue Knox

November 19, 1937January 10, 2021

COLUMBIA - Shirley Sims McCue Knox, 83, won her Victory on Sunday, January, 10, 2021. Shirley was born in Barnesville, Georgia to the late Rob Lamar Sims and Francis Ward Sims. Upon graduating from Gordon Military College (HS) in 1956, she trained as an X-Ray technician in Atlanta and then worked in radiology at Georgia Baptist Hospital.

She married the first love of her life, the late Lt. Col. James A. McCue, Sr., happily started their family, and traveled the country and Europe during his military career. She loved the U.S. military and cherished the life-long friendships she made at bases around the world. She married the second love of her life, the late Thomas Presley Knox, Jr., with whom she shared a love of faith, family and travel. She was a loving and devoted wife and caregiver to both.

Mrs. Knox was a dedicated member of Shandon United Methodist church for over fifty years. She was always happy to serve in any capacity needed - from rocking babies in the nursery to serving on the Administrative Board. She was an active member of the Wesley Fellowship Sunday School Class and the Betty Bruner Circle. Shirley was a member of the Social Survey Club, the Garden Club, Mid-Carolina Camellia Club and served on the board of the Killingsworth House.

Shirley’s life was one of service to God, country and others. All who knew her were aware of her passion for her family. She was a loving wife, a devoted mother and a joyful Grandmother! She loved crafting, music, reading and traveling with her family. She especially delighted in being at the beach with a house full of family and friends.

She was predeceased by her son, James Albert McCue Jr. and her brother, John Anderson Sims. Surviving are her children, son, Joseph McCue (Julie); daughter, Anne Marie McCue; son, Rob McCue (Heather), all of Columbia; stepchildren, Charlotte Canida (Bob) of Madison, Indiana; Irene Brock (Tom) of Roanoke, Virginia; grandchildren, Ryan McCue (Lauren), Cory McCue; Ellerslie and Julian McCue, Tom Brock III (Meg), Susan Brock Creekmore, Christy Canida (Eric Wilhelm), Ben Canida (Becky); great-grandchildren, Aiden Brock, Kaitlyn and Ashley Creekmore, Lilly, Ava and Kate Canida, Corvidae and Procyon Canida-Wilhelm, Amelia McCue; and nieces and nephews.

The family wishes to express thanks for the caregivers from Homecare Solutions and Lighthouse Hospice.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: Shandon United Methodist Church, the Shirley McCue Knox scholarship at the University of South Carolina School of Music, or the Thomas P. Knox, Jr. Music and Arts Fund at Shandon UMC.

A private graveside service will be held. Dunbar Funeral Home, Devine Street Chapel, is assisting the family.


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Peggy Camp

January 16, 2021

The members of the Mid Carolina Camellia Society are so sad to hear of your loss, and would like to express our sincere sympathy. Shirley had been a very supportive & active member of our organization. We will keep your family in our prayers.
Your friends in the Mid Carolina Camellia Society

Tom Miranda

January 12, 2021

I only knew her as Mrs. McCue and how much she loved Mr. McCue and her children Jamie, Joey, Anne, and Rob. I worked with Joey and Anne back in the late ‘70s and got to know Jamie and a very young Rob by frequent visits to the house. Nothing but one fantastic family with loving and caring parents.
A great loss for such a wonderful family. A great victory for Mrs. McCue Knox and even one greater for those welcoming her in eternal peace.
God Bless The Entire Family!!

Tom and Donna Miranda

Debbie Edens

January 12, 2021

Deepest sympathy to the McCue's. Shirley was kind, fun and full of grace. Peace to you.