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Ellen Robinson Shirley

November 2, 1935March 28, 2021
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Ellen Robinson Shirley, 85, of Memphis, TN, passed away from cancer on March 28, 2021, at Baptist Reynolds Hospice House-Collierville, TN.

She was born in Shaw, MS on November 2, 1935. She grew up in both Shaw and Indianola and attended Delta State University. Ellen worked as a bookkeeper in Shaw and Greenville, MS, before moving to North Carolina to begin a life-long adventure of raising her family and moving around the world. Her husband’s career took her to North Carolina, Georgia, New York, South Korea, Panama, and retirement in Arkansas, Olive Branch, MS, and finally Memphis.

Ellen was an active volunteer in every place she lived. She was a Girl Scout troop leader, school volunteer, served at various food and clothing pantries, and was the Volunteer Director for Army Community Service, while living in South Korea. She was an avid golfer and an active member of Kirby Woods Baptist Church. Ellen was a very warm-hearted and caring woman who loved being around people and always put others before herself.

She is survived by her daughter, Lisa Shirley Turman, of Piperton, TN, and grandson, William Darby Turman of Nashville; sister, Barbara Robinson Foster of Fairhope, AL; sister Beverly Robinson Palmer of Leland, MS; sister Brenda Robinson Parker of Winnfield, LA; and brother, Gary Wilson Robinson of Shaw, MS; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Hugh Leroy “Lee” Shirley; mother, Hazel Oneta Robinson Hood; father, Woodrow Wilson Robinson; brother, Wilson Daniel “Dan” Robinson; brother, Alan Wayne Robinson; brother, Jesse Jackson “Jack” Hale, Jr.; sister, Linda Hood Baxter; and brother, Lawrence Wesley “Bo” Hood.

Her Celebration of Life service will be held on Wednesday, March 31, 2021 at Memphis Funeral Home, 5599 Poplar Ave, Memphis, TN. Visitation will be from 12:00-2:00pm with the service to follow at 2:00 pm.

Ellen will be laid to rest in a private ceremony at the West Tennessee Veterans Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Ellen’s memory can be made to The Kemmons Wilson Family Center for Good Grief, American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, or another charity of your choice. Per the families request Please No Standing Sprays.

  • FAMILY

  • Lisa Shirley Turman, Daughter
  • William Darby Turman, Grandson
  • Barbara Robinson Foster, Sister
  • Beverly Robinson Palmer, Sister
  • Brenda Robinson Parker, Sister
  • Gary Wilson Robinson, Brother
  • Gary Wilson Robinson, Brother
  • Hugh Leroy “Lee” Shirley, Husband (deceased)
  • Hazel Oneta Robinson Hood, Mother (deceased)
  • Woodrow Wilson Robinson, Father (deceased)
  • Wilson Daniel “Dan” Robinson, Brother (deceased)
  • Alan Wayne Robinson, Brother (deceased)
  • Jesse Jackson “Jack” Hale, Jr., Brother (deceased)
  • Linda Hood Baxter, Sister (deceased)
  • Lawrence Wesley “Bo” Hood, Brother (deceased)
  • She leaves several nieces and nephews to cherish her memory.
  • DONATIONS

  • The Kemmons Wilson Family Center for Good Grief
  • American Cancer Society
  • American Heart Association

Services

12 April

Committal Service

2:00 pm - 2:30 pm

West Tennessee Veterans Cemetery

4000 Forest Hill Irene Road
Memphis, TN 38125

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  • Visitation

    Wednesday, March 31, 2021

  • Celebration of Life

    Wednesday, March 31, 2021

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Libby Self

March 31, 2021

There are many memories but one of my favorites is when she and my mom came to North Carolina after we had John Thomas and she taught me how to make potato pancakes. I ate so many while she was there. Mine never taste quite as good as hers but I think about her every time I make them. She was always such a strong, caring and elegant lady. She could do anything. Loved her very much. We love you guys and will be praying for you!

Irene Robinson

March 31, 2021

I was an in-law cousin to Ellen, I was married to her cousin, Curtis Robinson; however, Ellen was so precious and wonderful to her entire family, as we were to her. <3 Ellen fought a good fight and kept the Faith, and God says there is a Crown of Righteousness Laid up for His Name Sake. We will miss our Sweetheart, Ellen here in this life but we have our lives all ready to be with her when God calls Us Home! Loved you so so much, Ellen! <3

Susan McDonald

March 30, 2021

During my time of heading the kitchen at Kirby Woods Baptist Church, Ellen was frequently a willing volunteer. She was quick to offer help and I was always encouraged by her sweet and cheerful spirit. May God bless your family in this time of her home going.

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Biography

Ellen Robinson Shirley, 85, of Memphis, TN, passed away from cancer on March 28, 2021, at Baptist Reynolds Hospice House-Collierville, TN.

She was born in Shaw, MS on November 2, 1935. She grew up in both Shaw and Indianola and attended Delta State University. Ellen worked as a bookkeeper in Shaw and Greenville, MS, before moving to North Carolina to begin a life-long adventure of raising her family and moving around the world. Her husband’s career took her to North Carolina, Georgia, New York, South Korea, Panama, and retirement in Arkansas, Olive Branch, MS, and finally Memphis.

Ellen was an active volunteer in every place she lived. She was a Girl Scout troop leader, school volunteer, served at various food and clothing pantries, and was the Volunteer Director for Army Community Service, while living in South Korea. She was an avid golfer and an active member of Kirby Woods Baptist Church. Ellen was a very warm-hearted and caring woman who loved being around people and always put others before herself.

She is survived by her daughter, Lisa Shirley Turman, of Piperton, TN, and grandson, William Darby Turman of Nashville; sister, Barbara Robinson Foster of Fairhope, AL; sister Beverly Robinson Palmer of Leland, MS; sister Brenda Robinson Parker of Winnfield, LA; and brother, Gary Wilson Robinson of Shaw, MS; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Hugh Leroy “Lee” Shirley; mother, Hazel Oneta Robinson Hood; father, Woodrow Wilson Robinson; brother, Wilson Daniel “Dan” Robinson; brother, Alan Wayne Robinson; brother, Jesse Jackson “Jack” Hale, Jr.; sister, Linda Hood Baxter; and brother, Lawrence Wesley “Bo” Hood.

Her Celebration of Life service will be held on Wednesday, March 31, 2021 at Memphis Funeral Home, 5599 Poplar Ave, Memphis, TN. Visitation will be from 12:00-2:00pm with the service to follow at 2:00 pm.
Ellen will be laid to rest in a private ceremony at the West Tennessee Veterans Cemetery at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in Ellen’s memory can be made to The Kemmons Wilson Family Center for Good Grief, American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, or another charity of your choice.
Per the families request Please No Standing Sprays.