The Huntsville Item, Huntsville, TX


February 8, 2013

Don Shelby Shirley

Don Shelby Shirley passed away on January 30, 2013 at the age of 75.  He was born in Lake Charles, Louisiana the son of Nina Gene and Ralph W. Shirley. He was preceded in death by his wife of 30 years, Sue Worley Shirley; parents and his brother, Ralph W. Shirley, Jr.  He is survived by his wife Edith Smith McBee; daughters, Lee Shuchart and husband Fred, Anne Grosz and husband Marc, and Sarah Hugar and husband Wayne; step daughter Teresa Oglesbee and husband Robert; step son Robert McBee; his dear sister-in-law Lou Shirley and family; grandchildren, Leslie and Zachary Lacy, Emily and Stephen Shuchart, L.M. "Brazos", Holly Grosz, Christopher and Christina Oglesbee, Stephen and Daniel McBee.

Don attended his beloved LSU and was a member of Sigma Chi Fraternity.  He dearly loved all sports but especially football.  His football team at Lake Charles High won The Louisiana State Championship. He worked most of his life in the restaurant equipment business and was highly involved in the development of many things that are still used in that industry today.

Don loved to sing and was gifted with many musical talents and enjoyed entertaining others. He also sang in numerous church choirs. He will be greatly missed by so many.

A Celebration Reception was held on February 1, 2013, at Shirley Acres.  A memorial service will be at 10:00 a.m., on Friday, February 8, 2013 in the Chapel of Sam Houston Memorial Funeral Home in Huntsville, Texas.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be sent to: "Christ in the Arts Performance Series", 8300 Katy Freeway, Houston, Texas  77024 or The Huntsville Choir, 1023 12th Street, Huntsville, Texas  77340.

Those wishing to leave memorial condolences for the family may do so at

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