Bobby L. Shirley, Sr. September 11, 1940 - March 19, 2020

Bobby L. Shirley, 79, of Asheville passed away on Thursday, March 19, 2020 at the Elizabeth House.  He was a son of the late Chris and Mary Boyd Shirley.  He was also preceded in death by his daughter, Donna Shirley; two brothers, C.J. and Boyd Robert Shirley; and a sister, Elaine Ratcliff.

Bobby was born and raised in Louisiana.  He was a Deacon for 19 years at Gorum Baptist Church, he loved the Lord and raised his family within the church.  Bobby was a compassionate man who loved to make others laugh. He worked as a diesel mechanic and owned Shirley Diesel Services.  He loved racing, any kind, any type.  He enjoyed hunting and fishing and helping others with all their car needs (Fords were his favorite).

Survivors include his loving wife of 60 years, Michael Jo Shirley; one son, Bobby L. Shirley, Jr. of LA; three daughters, Anita J. Dutton and husband Jimmy Don of TX, Barbarette “Barb” Westmoreland and husband Marc of TX and Mandy Shelton and husband Keith of Asheville; 15 grandchildren, Derek Coutee (Jennifer), Dustin Coutee, Dillon Martin (Kelsy), Bobby Shirley III “Rocky” (Christi), Heather Hoosier (Josh), Joey Shirley, Kim Shirley, Brandi King (Nick), Jessica Wiggins (Talon), Justin Dalme (Casi), Brooke Aarvig (Scott), Dalton Cutler (Rebecca), Wesley Shirley, Morgan Robinson (Dakota) and Brittany Penland (Josh); 17 great-grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers the family asks for memorial contributions to be made by CLICKING HERE to help his wife, Jo with future expenses.

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