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Thomas Edwin "Ed" Shirley, Jr.

November 16, 1942 ~ March 24, 2018 (age 75)

Thomas Edwin Shirley, Jr. (Ed) passed away at St. Thomas West in Nashville on March 24, 2018 from a short illness.  He was born on November 16, 1942 to his parents who preceded him in death, Thomas Edwin Shirley, Sr. and Amy Nell Harris Shirley.  He is also preceded in death by his first wife, Elaine Shirley.

He is survived by his wife, Joan Banks Shirley, Sister, Faye (John) Naylor of Woodbury; Other family, Dr. Melanie Banks of Woodbury, Justin, Kelly, Gracie and Banks Nichols of Ivy Bluff, Joe, Lana, Easton, Allie and Avery Geren of Monroe, GA., Herb Satterfield of Birmingham, AL and special friends, Shane and Pat Nichols, Ashley, Carson and Cooper Henderson.

Ed was a graduate of Woodbury Central High and Middle Tennessee State University.  He was an education specialist holding a B.A., Masters, and Masters +45 Education degrees.

Ed was a member of the Smith Grove Church of Christ, a member of the Cannon County Audit Committee and was the leader of the Monday Woodbury Church of Christ Bible Class.

He was retired from the Rutherford County School System where he served as assistant superintendent of schools.  He previously worked in the Wilson County School System.

Ed had a love of music enjoyed playing the piano,  He enjoyed traveling, including two trips to the Holy Land.  His pride and joy were Gracie and Banks Nichols and Easton, Allie and Avery Geren, Carson and Cooper Henderson. 

Funeral services will be 3 pm Tuesday in the Chapel of Woodbury Funeral Home with Bro. Dan Sweet and Bro. Al Bugg officiating.  Interment will follow in the Ivy Bluff Cemetery.  Vistation with the family will be from 430 pm until 9 pm Monday and Tuesday from 10 am until time of service.

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