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Tupelo-Sylvia Ann Dunn Shirley, 80, realized the promises of her faith and met her Creator from her residence near Bissell on Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2021. Sylvia had been in declining health for some time. Born in Tupelo on Jan. 4, 1941 to the late John Tyson Dunn and Clydie Pearl Campbell Dunn, she grew up here and attended the public schools. She married Lawrence Gamble Shirley on Dec. 2, 1961, a marriage of 38 years until his death on July 15, 2000. She kept the Nursery at Calvary Baptist Church for 43 years. She and Lawrence fostered over 100 children in their lifetimes and were the parents of 5. Her love for children is legendary and her legacy of caring for them will live on in the hearts and minds of those she nurtured-and beyond.
A service celebrating her life will be held at 11 AM Monday, August 9, 20201 at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with burial to follow in Tupelo Memorial Park. Visitation will be from 4PM-6PM Sunday and from 10 AM-service time on Monday-all at Holland Funeral Directors, which is honored to be serving their friends.
Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tn. 38105. A full obituary will be forthcoming with survivors.
We are deeply sorry for your loss – the staff at Tupelo Chapel