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Udell Thomas Shirley, Adair County, KY (1951-2014)

Adair County has lost one of its best. He was a native of Adair County, and a resident of the county at the time of his death. He was a member of a highly respected northwest Adair County, KY family, the son of Maerene Brock Shirley, who survives, and the late Evan Thomas Shirley. His wife, Norma Jean Bledsoe Shirley, also survives. He leaves 4 direct living descendants. He was a business leader, an entrepreneur, and an innovative merchandiser. He was a generous proprietor, who conducted his business with a deep sense of traditional Adair County values. He was dedicated to economic advancement of the community, and was key figure of a small band of young men who led a wave of economic development, progress, and political change in Columbia/Adair County in the 70s and 80s, self-named "The Boys." He and his wife were the founders, owners, and operators of Udell’s Fruit Market, which, from its inception, attracted a large and loyal following. He was also a farmer and had worked at Oshkosh B’Gosh and was a school bus driver for the Adair County Board of Education. He attended the Sparksville Church of the Nazarene. Udell Thomas Shirley had special gift for making everyone he met feel better about themselves, a trait for which he will be long remembered. - CM
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Udell Thomas Shirley, age 63 years of Columbia, KY, died Friday March 21, 2014 at 8:08am, at Norton Audubon Hospital in Louisville, KY

Funeral services will be Tuesday, March 25, 2014 at 11amCT, at Stotts-Phelps-McQueary Funeral Home, 210 Greensburg Street, Columbia, KY, with Bro. Lonnie Karnes the officiating clergy. Interment in Haven Hill Cemetery, 1276 Liberty Road, Columbia, KY. Visitation will be after 4pmCT, Monday, March 24, 2014, at the funeral home.


Udell Thomas Shirley, Adair County, KY (1951-2014)


He was born on Tuesday, March 6, 1951 in Adair County, KY. He was the son of the late Evan Thomas Shirley & Maerene Brock Shirley, Columbia, KY, who survives. He died Friday, March 21, 2014, in Louisville, Jefferson County, KY, at the age of 63 years, 15 days.

Besides his mother, Maerene Brock Shirley, he is survived by his wife, Norma Jean Bledsoe Shirley, of Columbia, KY, and the following:
  • One daughter: Michelle Larimore & husband Byron of Columbia, KY

  • One son: Shawn Shirley & his friend Debbie Booher of Columbia, KY

  • One brother: Donnie Shirley of Columbia, KY

  • Two grandchildren: Evan Shirley & Brett Larimore

  • Several other relatives and friends
He attended the Sparksville Church of the Nazarene. He and his wife were the owners of Udell’s Fruit Market. He was a farmer and had worked at Oshkosh B’Gosh and was a school bus driver for the Adair County Board of Education. Expressions of sympathy may take the form of Gideon Bibles.

Send a condolence to the family of Udell Thomas Shirley

Stotts-Phelps-McQueary Funeral Home , 210 Greensburg Street, Columbia, KY in charge of funeral arrangements.



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Udell Thomas Shirley, Adair County, KY (1951-2014)



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