Edwards Funeral Home


Shirlie Moody Romans Fears

June 18, 1942September 17, 2021

Shirlie Moody Romans Fears

June 18, 1942 to September 17, 2021.

Preceded by her remarkable parents Cleo and Juanita Moody, survived by two beloved sons, Earl W Fears Jr and Antony D Fears, three beloved grandchildren, Tarrah Fears, Antony Fears II and Ava Crossno. She had four stepchildren and their families she cared for deeply; David Wayne and Shelly Romans, Brenda Chauvin, John Michael and Dana Romans, Kristen and Randy Bullard. She loved them and their children as if they were her own. She treasured her family, children and grandchildren above all else.

Shirlie was a well known and respected businesswoman in Fort Smith Real Estate and Residential Home Building, along with a number of other enterprises. Her father, Cleo, and she were involved in building the first phases of the Fianna Hills and Village Harbor residential areas. She was the first female member of the Fort Smith Homebuilders Association.

Shirlie was a 24 year breast cancer survivor and a founding member of her cancer support group at the Reynolds Cancer Support Center. She dedicated much of her time to providing support and encouragement for cancer patients.

She was a member of Midland Heights United Methodist Church and cherished her church family. Her delight in being able to participate in virtual services helped her through recent difficult times.

Shirlie’s smile, style and sassy spirit were her trademarks. She will be greatly missed. Knowing she is watching over us from above is great comfort.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations to “Kristen’s Fight”, a nonprofit cancer support group. Donations may be made via their Facebook page or by calling 479-573-9885.

Fly high Sweet Shirlie. You earned your wings.

As always, Thanks G!

Memorial Service will be 2:00 PM Saturday, September 25, 2021 at Edwards Funeral Home Chapel. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service on Saturday.


  • "Kristen's Fight"


  • Visitation

    Saturday, September 25, 2021

  • Memorial Service

    Saturday, September 25, 2021


Shirlie Moody Romans Fears

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John Davis

October 6, 2021

I went to grade school with Earl and Tony. Shirlie was involved with scouting and little league baseball early on. She was always supportive and encouraging to all of us in the Troop or on the ball team as well. She was a strong mother and influence in her personal as w ell as her professional life. My deepest sympathies to her family and her many friends.

Denise Messamore

September 25, 2021

Shirley was a wonderful woman and human being. She opened her home and heart to me in one of my darkest hours. I will cherish her always and hope to be half as much a woman as she was. I'll share one personal story of when I had been diagnosed with cancer, she came to me the night of me getting the news and just talked with me. She loved deep. She loved hard. Peace and prayers for the family as you navigate this time.

Dianna Kelly

September 25, 2021

My prayers go out to all of the family.I was sad to learn of the loss of Shirley.She was a wonderful person a friend to all.She was a very caring an loving person .Her children an family meant everything to her.Shirley always had a big smile an hug for everyone .
She will always be in our hearts forever.🌹

Yolie Edwards

September 25, 2021

To all the family, I am so very sorry for the loss of one of the strongest ladies I know. The day she came into our lives was the BEST day of my life, there was just something about her that I needed to meet her. She took both me & Whitt under her wing and showed me what a “ Mother’s Love” feels like. And because of her selfless love she showed me, I will forever carry her in my heart. I Love You Mama.

Kevin Hayes

September 21, 2021

I’m so sorry for your loss. I am so glad we got to spend time with her when we visited. That was a blessing from God.

One thing I could count on with Shirlie no matter what- she always made me smile and laugh. She was always kind. I’m sure she could get riled up but I never saw that side of her. We will miss Shirlie so much. I’m so thankful she is a child of God and look forward to meeting up with her in the future. I’m sure she has them smiling up there.

We love you Shirlie and family,

Kevin and Julie Hayes

Denise Fuchs

September 21, 2021

Shirley’s stepdaughter Brenda married my brother Dwayne
“Nappy” Chauvin. The minute I met her she became family. She was a beautiful lady inside and out. So sorry to hear of her passing. Prayers to her family

Rebecca Ameis

September 20, 2021

Miss Sweet and Sassy Shirley,

You were the bright spot in the room at our Breast Cancer Support Group. That's where I first met you. You would bring in lots and lots of purses at Christmas Time. You were like Santa Claus!
You were also a friend to my late husband, Dennis. He loved you as much as I did. Now, you will get to see him in Heaven. Dance with him for me!
And know that if there was a way to bring you back, we would, but - I think you will be much happier up there as our bright and shining star and an angel with the biggest wings! Fly high, sweet lady. You will be missed.

Jackie and Frank Wozniak

September 20, 2021

I was blessed beyond belief to have met Shirlie through our cancer support group. I cannot count the number of times she accompanied me to doctor's appointments. She would listen attentively, ask good questions, and following the visit, make jokes and lift my spirits. There were times when I would go to the hospital for a test, and there she would be, sitting in the waiting room, smiling. Shirlie was not only an advocate, but a good friend.
She had compassion and love and joy to share and she shared it generously. You could not go to a restaurant, or store without her stopping to chat with every child in the place, as well as anyone she thought could use cheering up.
Her compassion and love and joy extended to animals, including even a chicken that had fallen off a truck, which she took home to nurse back to health.
She was a beautiful woman, inside and out. We will all miss her, greatly.