Glen Elwood Shirkey

August 31, 1929April 14, 2018

Glen Elwood Shirkey “Nick”, age 88, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family.

He was born on August 31, 1929 in Rockingham Co., VA to the late Ervin E. Shirkey and Velma Saufley Shirkey.

He graduated from Robert E Lee High School in Staunton VA. He excelled in football, basketball, and especially baseball. He signed a Major League contract with the St. Louis Browns. He then served four years in the Air Force. After graduating from Bridgewater College he was in the insurance industry.

He was a kind and humble gentleman who enjoyed his sports, woodworking and travel. Most of all, he enjoyed time spent with family.

Mr. Shirkey is survived by his wife of 63 years, Kathryn Shirkey; daughter, Carol Shirkey; son, Eric T. Shirkey and his wife Debra; grandchildren, Kyle Elwood Shirkey and his wife Taylor, Lauren Elizabeth Shirkey, and Michelle Suzanne Shirkey; great granddaughter, Parker Thompson Shirkey and sister, Helen Miller.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his brother, Stanley Shirkey; sisters, Rosalee Campbell and Kathleen Rossetti.

A private family graveside service will be held. The graveside service will be conducted by the Reverend Amanda Robertson of The Episcopal Church of the Holy Comforter.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be sent to Metrolina Association for the Blind, 704 Louise Avenue, Charlotte, NC 28204, The Episcopal Church of the Holy Comforter, 2701 Park Road, Charlotte, NC 28209 or to a memorial of your choice. Condolences may be offered at


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Karen Callahan

May 2, 2018

Kathy and Debbie,
I was so sorry to read of Nick's death. Although I never met him, I greatly enjoyed seeing his picture and knowing him through you two. I will never forget the phone call he made to me in the early nineties when I worked at Child Care Resources. It was just before Christmas and I was sitting in my little cubicle pretending to work, when to my utter surprise, I received a call from Santa Claus! We had a conversation all about me. He knew so many details of my life - that I was from Winchester, that I attended UVA, etc. Since this was long before Facebook, I was completely mistifyed about how this man could know so much about me! We talked and laughed and I was completely at ease with him. I was ready to believe there was a real Santa!

Kathy, old friend, I send much love and support to you in this time of sorrow. I lost my husband in 2005 at the age of 57. I know what it is like to be suddenly alone. Here is hoping you are in good health and good spirits. It's the way I always remember you.
Much fondness, Karen