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Colonel F. Roy Shirley, Jr., U.S. Army (Ret.)

Colonel F. Roy Shirley, Jr., U.S. Army (Ret.)
  • February 27, 1933 - February 12, 2017
  • Mount Pleasant, South Carolina

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“We lift you and your family up during this time. It's an honor to have met Roy. What a legacy of a beautiful family he has left us. ”
1 of 6 | Posted by: Tim & Lisa Phillips - SC - friend

“Shirley and Family, I was very saddened to learn of Roy's passing. I will always have such fond memories of Roy and his kindness. Please accept my...Read More »
2 of 6 | Posted by: Joe Wilson - Seneca, SC

“Our deepest sympathy to the Shirley family in the loss of Mr. Roy Shirley. We are close to Karen McAvoy and family through our church and we are...Read More »
3 of 6 | Posted by: Kevin Dailey - CAMDEN, SC

“R I P Roy Shirley , you will be greatly missed Dian Reagan ”
4 of 6 | Posted by: Dian Reagan - Gaston, SC

“Our deepest sympathy to Shirley and family in the loss of Roy. He was a gentleman loved by all and will be truly missed by many. Praying for comfort...Read More »
5 of 6 | Posted by: Imadene and Dellis Brinson - KY

“Randy and Liz,I send you deep love and continuing prayers.Barry and Kathryn Cox ”
6 of 6 | Posted by: Barry Cox - Edgewood, MD - Friend


Colonel F. Roy Shirley, Jr., U.S. Army (Ret.) passed into the arms of his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on Sunday morning, February 12, 2017, at the age of 83. His funeral service will be held Wednesday, February 15, 2017, in J. Henry Stuhr, Inc. Downtown Chapel at 11:00 a.m., where the family will receive friends one hour prior to service. Burial following with Military Honors in Live Oak Memorial Gardens.

Born in Anderson, SC, on February 27, 1933, to the late Frank Roy Shirley, Sr., and Eula Gertrude Bleckley Shirley, Roy graduated from Columbia High School and The Citadel. After graduating from The Citadel in 1955, he was commissioned into the United States Army as a Second Lieutenant. Roy served his country faithfully in leadership positions in Panama as Company Commander; at Fort Bliss, TX, as Battalion Commander; and, at Fort Jackson, SC, as Brigade Commander. Decorated with the Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm, he was selected for joint operations successfully completing the Armed Forces Staff College and National War College. Roy retired from the army, his last position at Fort Jackson as the Fort's Chief of Staff, in 1983. His awards include the National Legion of Merit with Oak Leaf Cluster, Defense Service Medal, Bronze Star Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal with 2 Bronze Service Stars, and the Meritorious Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster.

After 28 years of dedicated service, Roy became co-owner and Chief Executive Officer of the Somerset Oil Refinery in Somerset, KY for over 8 years. A true patriot, soldier and businessman, he returned to Charleston, SC, where he delighted in spending time with his family and extended Church Family, especially his Monday nights' Bible studies at First United Methodist, Isle of Palms.

Roy is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Shirley Mae Shirley; daughter, Terri Lynn Shirley; son, Randall Roy Shirley (Elizabeth); and daughter, Karen Marie McAvoy (Dennis). He was the beloved Pop-Pop to five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Roy was preceded in death by his grandson, Russell Roy Shirley.