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Shirley Jackson Dean was born in Robeson County, NC on July 21, 937 to the late Duncan James and Leon Elizabeth Jackson. She spent the majority of her life in the St. Pauls area, graduating from St. Pauls High School in 1955. Her life revolved around her family, caring for her parents and brothers was always her driving force. She and her husband of 42 years, Carl W. Dean, spent 15 years at the Lake Waccamaw Boys and Girls Home caring for children prior to returning to their home in Holden Beach. Shirley loved her home at Holden Beach, along with the neighbors around that home. She often spoke of each as if she had spent a lifetime with them. She missed her home and friends as rheumatoid arthritis stole her ability to enjoy life because of pain and immobility. Watching Cardinals became a passion. Shirley was preceded in death by her parents, Duncan and Leon Jackson; brothers, Buddy, Bobby, David, Doug, Jimmy and Ronnie Jackson. She is survived by her husband, Carl W. Dean; daughters, Melody F. Torrey and her husband Billy, Beverly Davis and her husband Al, and Cathy Walters; grandson, Seth Torrey; sister, Juanita Beck and niece, Sandra Beck; and nieces, nephews and beloved cousins and their families.
Shirley loved her church and spent many active years working with the youth. St. Pauls United Methodist Church was always “her” church regardless of their home at the time. She was always a character, small in stature but large in personality!
A visitation will be held Saturday July 24, 2021 from 2:00 pm until 3:00pm at McNeill Mackie Funeral Home of St. Pauls, with a memorial service scheduled for 3:00 pm, with Pastor Kelly Barr officiating. The family suggests memorial contributions be made to St. Pauls United Methodist Church, 519 N. Wilkinson Drive, St. Pauls, NC 28384 or a charity of one’s choice. The family is being served by McNeill Mackie Funeral Home of St. Pauls.
Melody! I'm so very sorry for your loss. Shirley, Ron, and I shared so many great memories. She was always there when she was needed the most through Ron sickness. I don't know what I would have done without her presents in our midst. So sorry,prayers for Strength and Healing. I Love y'all.
Janice Jackson Oct 9 2021 12:00 AM
A candle was lit in memory of Shirley Dean
Beth Wasson Porreco Sep 23 2021 12:00 AM
I pray that Gods caring and comforting presence will surround the family of Ms. Shirley Dean during this most difficult time and may he give you the comfort you need to ease the pain of your loss.
Sheriff Burnis Wilkins Jul 27 2021 12:00 AM
What a beautiful slide show and music to share precious memories of a special, loving lady. You will be missed my Shirley, sweet, sweet cousin See you in heaven, all my love, Kathleen
Kathleen Jordan Jul 25 2021 12:00 AM
Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. There was no one like Shirley and it was a pleasure to "live" across the street at Holden Beach from Carl and Shirley for so many years. She will be missed by all of her family and all those who had the chance to know her.
Henry and Gayle Lewis Jul 24 2021 12:00 AM
I remember Miss Shirley when she was a dental asst. to a dentist on McClean Street. She worked for Dr. Murphy at the time. She was an awesome lady that anyone had to care for. Our deepest sympathy to all that are left behind that loved her.Helen Jackson Villarta"Shine's the fish markets" youngest daughter.
Helen Jackson Villarta Jul 23 2021 12:00 AM
Shirley welcomed me to St. Pauls United Methodist Church with open arms and was always my champion. I always felt that she loved me as much as I did her. To the family, I am so sad for the loss of this precious lady.
Shirley Pait Jul 22 2021 12:00 AM
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