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Connally/Compton Funeral Directors

4400 West Waco Drive, Waco, TX

OBITUARY

Shirley Diane Chatham

April 5, 1933September 4, 2020
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Shirley Diane Chatham, 87, of Speegleville, passed away Friday, September 4, 2020 at home. Visitation will be Monday, September 7 from 5:00-7:00pm at Connally/Compton Funeral Chapel. Services will be held at 10:00am, Tuesday, September 8 with Rev. Pat Cummings officiating. Interment will follow at Rosemond cemetery.

Shirley was born on April 5, 1933 to Euwell and Rosa Mae Simmons in Waco. She was one of four children. She worked at the diner at Goldstein Miguel's in downtown Waco. It was there she met the milk route salesman, Sonny Chatham. Together, they rode out the Waco tornado while on the job. On December 26 of that year, they married. If ever there was a pair, Sonny and Shirley were it. "Two peas in a pod," this marriage was meant to be. They were married for 49 years before his passing. Shirley served as her husband's "hot shot" helper for 50 years on the milk route. Among her other interest, she served as room mother in the Robinson school district, lead PTO fundraising activities, supported the school band working in the concession stand, hosted countless tea/coffee drinking sessions in the neighborhood, served fried chicken from Bubba's on Friday nights, organized Bingo and birthday parties at the Regis, and held countless family events in her home. Shirley was very active during her life, doing what came natural-taking care of others. If you ever had the opportunity to meet her, you became a friend for life. She was compassionate and caring-and here actions did speak louder than words. Shirley loved her family, spoiled her grandchildren, and delighted in her great-grandchildren. Shirley was preceded in death by her parents; husband Sonny; sister Patricia Bryan, and brother, Dillard Simmons. She is survived by daughters Dee Teakell and husband, Joe, of Round Rock, Shelly James and husband, Carlton, and Kitty Puryear and husband, Terry, all of Speegleville; grandchildren Heather and husband, John Hague, Jamie and Katie Puryear and fiancée, Hayden Kirkby, Jake Teakell and wife Michelle, and Jared, Cody and wife Jelly, and Dalton James; 5 great-grandchildren; sister Maxine Simmons of California, many nieces and nephews, and friends beyond compare.

Pallbearers will be Shirley's grandsons and sons-in-laws. Memorials can be made to Meals-on-Wheels of Waco or a favorite charity in her honor.

No man or woman of the humblest sort can really be strong, gentle, pure, and good without the world being better for it, without somebody being helped and comforted by the existence of that goodness. “Well done, my good and faithful servant."

  • PALLBEARERS

  • Jared James
  • Cody James
  • Dalton James
  • Jake Teakell
  • Joe Teakell
  • Carlton James
  • Terry Puryear

Services

  • Visitation

    Monday, September 7, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Memories

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Bobbie York

September 8, 2020

Shirley was such a treasured friend and comfort to my Aunt Til and cousin Marla, and I remember her as warm, caring and a delightful spirit to be around . Rest in Peace and may her memory be a blessing. Condolences to her loving family and many friends.

Patti Rouske Cox Paschall

September 7, 2020

So many great memories with Shirley and the Chatham Girls!
Growing up together and being neighbors was a beautiful gift us Cox Girls will always cherish! Shirley was like another Mom to us! She was so gracious; always giving and serving! She was like a Sister to our Mom! She had a laugh that would light up a room!
Dee, Shelly, Kitty and family, out thoughts and prayers are with you! She will be missed but will be in our hearts forever!

The Puryear’s Eddy TX

September 6, 2020

Kitty our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Cyndi Gerik

September 6, 2020

How the Cox girls loved Shirley and her family. So many precious memories. Loved seeing all the pictures. Hugs to all, Cyndi.

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