She attended Philadelphia United Methodist Church, where she held many positions in the church. She was employed by Trail Blazer, Gilliam, and Thomasville Furniture before retiring. She was married to Ted Stokes Sr. June 20, 1959.
She leaves to cherish the memory of her life two sons: Ted W. Stokes Jr. of Statesville, and Kenneth L. Stokes (Pastor Darlene Stokes) of Stony Point; two daughters: Wanda S. Martin (Dwight), and Sheril S. Summers (David) of Statesville; two grandsons: Ted W. Stokes III, Craig A. Blackwell Jr. both of Statesville; two granddaughters: Stephanie L. Burch of Augusta, GA, and Latasha S. Stokes of the home; great grandsons: Azontae P. Stevenson of the home, Kyre Keiger, Ki Antae Heard, both of Statesville Allie M. Johnson of Stony Point; great granddaughters: Azaria and Azaiah Stokes both of the home, Za’Mya Johnson of Stony Point; a special friend, Melvin Trusdale of Stony Point; brothers in law: David L. Stokes (Christine), Sylvester Stokes, and Vehester (Bonnie) Dalton both of Statesville, special nieces: Melissa, Jennifer, Tina, and Fonda Stokes, The Philadelphia United Methodist Church family; and a host of nieces, nephews, and other friends.
The visitation will be 1:00 pm Friday, June 21, 2019 with the funeral service being conducted at 2:00 pm at Philadelphia United Methodist Church, with the burial following in the church cemetery. Memorials can be made to Philadelphia United Church: 4165 Old Mtn. Rd., Stony Point, NC 28678.
Thank you for always being so good to my sister's and myself you made us proud to be Stokes' from just letting us come and play out in the yard or me on the Piano. It's just the little things that added up to be so much... thank you so very much. I love you my Gemini Aunt. You are one in a million.... RIP
Shontia Stokes - Statesville, NC
We send our deepest sympathy to the Stokes Family. Shirley will surely be missed. You are in our prayers. Memories of her will always remain in your hearts.
Michelle Walker - Statesville, NC
I still use some of the lessons you taught me at Thomasville Uph. I carried and used them throughout my twenty years in the Air Force. You was giving gems of wisdom while still sewing. I wish I could have seen you one more time. Rest on my Sister, your work down here is done...
James Rankin - Hampton, VA
We were so sorry to hear of the passing of Shirley. She was in the Morningside Class of 1959. We saw her at a Morningside Reunion. She was still so pretty with that beautiful smile. She was a wonderful person.
You have our deepest sympathy.
Morningside Alumni Association
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