OBITUARY

Shirley Starnes English

September 1, 1935November 22, 2021
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Shirley Starnes English, age 86, passed away on November 22, 2021 at Kelly’s Family Home Care in Wake Forest. Born on September 1, 1935 in Asheville, NC; she was the daughter of the late James and Allie Mae Starnes.

At 5 foot 9 inches Shirley was a talented basketball player at Sand Hill High School and a lifelong basketball fan. While in high school, through friends, she met a boy named Hal, who played football at neighboring Mars Hill High School. Shirley and Hal began dating in 1953 and the rest is history. Shirley and Hal were married on February 5th, 1955. They attended Mars Hill College together.

In January 1959 Shirley and Hal moved to Raleigh and joined First Baptist Church in downtown Raleigh. Shirley was active in the Church community where she volunteered teaching Sunday School, working in the Church library and the nursery. They remain members of First Baptist today.

Shirley was an avid reader and kept a log of the thousands of books she read throughout the years. Shirley also loved to play bridge and was a member of a Raleigh bridge club. One of Shirley’s favorite pastimes was antiquing and shopping for bargains with her best friends.

Being a Wife, Mom, Mimi and a friend were the most important things in her life and she excelled in all of these roles. Shirley made every day special in the lives of her family and her close circle of friends. She always had a smile, a kind word and a warm embrace for those that needed it.

Shirley is lovingly remembered by her husband of 66 years: Hal Lester English; by her three sons: Mark English and wife Cathy, of Raleigh NC; Matt English, of Raleigh, NC; Todd English of Raleigh NC; grandchildren: Robby English and Laura English; and many extended family and friends.

Family will receive friends on Thursday afternoon, December 2nd, 2021 from 12:30 to 2:00 PM at Mitchell Funeral Home, with a Funeral Service to begin at 2 PM in the funeral home chapel. Interment will follow at Raleigh Memorial Park. Flowers will be graciously accepted or contributions to a charity or church of your choice.

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  • PALLBEARERS

  • Laura English
  • Robby English

Services

  • Visitation

    Thursday, December 2, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Thursday, December 2, 2021

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Lauren Church

December 6, 2021

Mark and Cathy,

I am deeply sorry to hear of your loss. Please know that I am thinking of you and your family during this extremely difficult time. We are all here to support you however possible.

Love,
Lauren Church (GSK)

Lorine and Albert Calloway

December 1, 2021

It was a privilege to know Shirley through First Baptist Church and as Brentwood neighbors. She was always so happy and always smiling. To her family, we are saddened, but her memories will last forever.

Dale Whitesitt

November 27, 2021

I first met Shirley in 1958 when I visited her sister, Helen, in Charlotte. In September 1959, Shirley became my sister-in-law when Helen became my life’s partner.
Helen and our girls relocated to Raleigh when I had to do a year in Viet Nam. I am forever grateful to Shirley being there for Helen, Melody, Melinda, and Angela (born 3 months into the year). I also remember the many months when Shirley and Helen unselfishly alternated 2 weeks at a time to care of their mother, Allie, in Augusta.
I remember Shirley and her family as great, gracious, caring, fun family and hosts whenever Helen, my girls, and I visited. Our visits were frequently in conjunction with a move to, or from, another overseas assignment for our family. We offered to return the host favors whenever they came to visit us overseas, Shirley always declined the invitation! She and family would, however, visit when we were in the USA.
Helen always enjoyed the long phone calls with Shirley, keeping our families connected, though we were many miles apart. I give thanks for the many happy times my family shared with Shirley and family. We, with many others, will miss her.

Wayne and Dacquin Washington

November 27, 2021

To the English family, you have our deepest sympathies. We were saddened to hear of the loss of Mrs. English, may you find comfort in the memories she made with you all. Praying for your strength and comfort.

Wayne and Dacquin Washington

Bob and Virginia Dempsey

November 27, 2021

Our condolences to the Family of Ms. Shirley and Mr. Hal , whom both are and were very Delightful to know. It is with deep Sympathy that she has left a void among Friends and Family that shall never be forgotten.
Bob and Virginia Dempsey

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