Mr. John D. Shirley, 91, of Altamonte Springs, FL, and
formerly of Dyersburg, TN, passed away on December 21,
2010, in ORMC of complications from an auto accident. A
memorial service will be held at the Palm Springs Drive Church
of Christ (where he capped half-a-century of Bible teaching) on
Tuesday, Dec. 28 at 7:30pm. Visitation will be at 7. A graveside
service will be held at the Granville Cemetery in Granville, TN,
on Thursday, December 30, at 2 P.M.
He was born in Granville, TN, and was the son of the late
Berry P. and Mary Flossie Shirley. He lettered in basketball,
baseball, and track at David Lipscomb, attended Pepperdine
University and graduated from UT-Knoxville with a B.S. in
Business Administration, which began a 70-year Volunteer
obsession, in ALL of their athletic incarnations.
He served in Italy during WWII as a U.S. Army
Quartermaster. He was employed by Dyersburg Fabrics from
1948 until he retired in 1976 as Vice President and Director.
During his Dyersburg years, Mr. Shirley was also a sports
journalist, a residential and commercial real-estate developer,
and a breeder of Angus cattle.
A perpetual coach/mentor to young people, he helped
organize Dixie Youth League baseball (grade school), the Babe
Ruth League (junior high), and the Connie Mack League (high
school). For a decade, he served on the Florida College board
of directors. A lifelong stamp collector, Mr. Shirley was a past
Director (2005-2006) and past President (2006-2007) of the
Central Florida Stamp Club, from which he received an
Honorary Lifetime Membership.
He is survived by two brothers, Paul K. and Berry N.
Shirley, and one son, John Shirley, Jr.
In lieu of flowers, Mr. Shirley requested donations be made to
the Florida College Adopt-A-Student program.
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