Shirley Ellen McWhirter | 1938-2019

Published Wednesday, May 15, 2019

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Shirley Ellen McWhirter

Shirley Ellen McWhirter, 80, of Decatur, fell asleep in death Thursday, May 9, 2019, in Decatur.

Funeral is 10 a.m. Friday, May 17, at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery.

Family will receive friends 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Hawkins Funeral Home.

Her daughter, Elizabeth Flowers, will officiate.

Pallbearers will include Curtis Hightower, Tracy Snell, Zina Snell, William Beene, Jeremy Sellards, Marcus Pendergraft, Brandon Dull and Rick Dull.

Shirley was born June 12, 1938, to Jim Lee and Elizabeth Ellen (Dixon) Popplewell in Sherman. She was united in marriage to Danny Junior McWhirter Nov. 11, 1956, in Decatur. Shirley, a retired nurse’s aide, was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt and friend.

She was preceded in death by her parents; son Jimmy McWhirter; grandchildren Christopher Tallent and Sarah McWhirter; and brothers Fredrick Popplewell and Jimmy Popplewell.

Those left behind to cherish her memory are her husband of 62 years, Danny McWhirter of Decatur; daughters Mary Ellen Hendrix and husband, Larry, of Fort Worth and Elizabeth Flowers of Bridgeport; son Terry McWhirter and wife, Allison, of Salem, Ore.; grandchildren Charlie, Zina, Eugene, T.J. and Dawn; nine great-grandchildren; brother Vick Popplewell; sister Ruth Ann Hightower; and numerous nieces, nephews and a host of friends.

Hawkins Funeral Home Decatur

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