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James Edwin Shirley, 92, Adair Co. KY (1922-2014)

He was a 1940 graduate of Columbia High School and 1942 graduate of Lindsey Wilson College. He was a WWII veteran, serving in the U.S. Army from 1942 until 1946. After training at Ft. Stevens, Oregon and Camp Howze, Texas, he landed in La Havre, France as a replacement soldier after the Battle of the Bulge in Belgium. He joined the 106th Infantry Division, 589th Field Artillery Battalion and remained with this division in Belgium and Germany until the war ended. James E. remained in Germany with the allied occupation, until his return to the U.S. for discharge in 1946. James was a faithful member of the Columbia Christian Church, active in the Men for Christ organization, a Kentucky Colonel, and served on the board of directors of several organizations, including: Kentucky and Adair County Cattlemen's Association, Kentucky Farm Bureau, Southeast United Dairy Industry Association, Haven Hill Cemetery and a member of VFW Post 6097. He was also an avid UK basketball fan.
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James Edwin Shirley, age 92, long-time Adair County farmer and former owner of Shirley Rock and Lime Service, died Thursday, November 6, 2014.

Funeral service will be Sunday, November 9, 2014 at 1:30pmCT, at Grissom-Martin Funeral Home, 200 Campbellsville Street, Columbia, KY, with Bro. Terry White and Bro. Raymond Martin officiating. Burial in Haven Hill Cemetery, 1276 Liberty Road, Columbia, KY, with Full Military Honors presented by VFW Post 6097. Visitation after 4pmCT, Saturday, November 8, 2014.


James Edwin Shirley, 92, Adair Co. KY (1922-2014)

James E. was born August 1, 1922, in Bliss, Adair County, KY. He was the son of the late Richard Warner & Mary Alice Pickett Shirley. He died Thursday, November 6, 2014, at the age of 92 years, three months, and five days.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 62 years, Jessie Caldwell Tupman Shirley.

He was a 1940 graduate of Columbia High School and 1942 graduate of Lindsey Wilson College. He was a WWII veteran, serving in the U.S. Army from 1942 until 1946. After training at Ft. Stevens, Oregon and Camp Howze, Texas, he landed in La Havre, France as a replacement soldier after the Battle of the Bulge in Belgium. He joined the 106th Infantry Division, 589th Field Artillery Battalion and remained with this division in Belgium and Germany until the war ended. James E. remained in Germany with the allied occupation, until his return to the U.S. for discharge in 1946.

James was a faithful member of the Columbia Christian Church, active in the Men for Christ organization, a Kentucky Colonel, and served on the board of directors of several organizations, including: Kentucky and Adair County Cattlemen's Association, Kentucky Farm Bureau, Southeast United Dairy Industry Association, Haven Hill Cemetery and a member of VFW Post 6097. He was also an avid UK basketball fan.

James is survived the following:
  • His five daughters: Mary Ann (Gary) Hext of Rockfield, KY; Betty (Don) Knifley of Columbia, KY; Jamie (Richard) Simpson of Brussels, Belgium; Margaret (Mike) O'Malley of Trumbull, CT; and Leslie (Paul) Bosse of Harrodsburg, KY

  • Six grandchildren: Chris (Julie) Tucker, Tyler and Bailey O'Malley, Isaac, Luke and Alex Bosse

  • Five step-grandchildren

  • Seven step-great-grandchildren
In lieu of flowers, donations are requested to be made to the Honor Flight Network or Sanders-Brown Center - Center for Aging - Alzheimer's Center. These may be made at the funeral home.

Send a condolence to the family of James Edwin Shirley

Grissom-Martin Funeral Home, 200 Campbellsville Street, Columbia, KY, in charge of arrangments.


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