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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