On February 27, 2015 after a long battle with declining health our beloved Shirley, 82, longtime resident of Pittsboro, NC, with family by her side passed away peacefully at UNC Chapel Hill Hospital. Shirley was born in Wilmington, NC April 13, 1932 to Haywood Morris (1903-53) and Victoria Watkins Morris (1909-78).
Growing up in Rhamkatte, NC (near Raleigh) Shirley was active in her community and always concerned with the nurturing of her family and helping with the needs of others , She attended Inwood Baptist Church beginning as a little girl up until she married Frank Edwards and began her worldly travels, she graduated from the old Cary High School (class of 13) and went on to Bowman Gray School of nursing. Shirley was president and founding owner of the worldwide company International Safety Certification Corporation, Los Altos,Ca and director of research and development with Packway Industries, LTD, Guangdong, China.
In 1954 she married Frank Edwards (1932-2002). Frank's adventuresome career kept the family on the constant move, Shirley's little family passed through every state in the USA and landed in many countries overseas. Shirley was always packing and unpacking, moving from here to there. With every move she always created a loving and nurturing home for her family, and no matter how distant the miles Shirley never forgot where she came from and was always there for family and folks back home. Through thick and thin she never let anyone down, and most of all Shirley never let herself down. Following an extensive time of living overseas, in 1999 Shirley retired from the business world and returned from mainland China to Pittsboro, North Carolina. After a short time back home she was widowed, being very independent and wanting to stay active she went back to work for a good number of years for the Kerr Drug store pharmacy in Pittsboro until declining health slowed her down and she retired once more.
Shirley is survived by her loving son Lloyd Edwards and wife Gail, grandchildren Rachel and Seth Edwards of Siler City and her loving son Lyric Edwards and wife Michelle of Rogers, Arkansas, . Shirley was the oldest daughter of 11 Morris siblings. Listed in order of birth: Earnest (1930-91), Shirley (1932-2015), James (1933-34), Jean (1937-93), Auleen (1940), Buck (1941-69), Jeanette (1943), Becky (1944), Carnell (1946-95), Julia (1948), and Calvin (1949).
Shirley's truthful, loving, just and feisty spirit touched all who knew her. We can cry and close our eyes, feel empty inside and bow our heads, instead we will do what Shirley would want. Smile, open our eyes, and let her loving truthful spirit touch our souls. Forever embracing cherished memories of the love we shared, and knowing her spirit will forever walk beside us, we gather courage and go on. The memorial service to celebrate the life of Shirley Morris Edwards will be March 28, 2015, at Inwood Baptist Church, 3700 Lake Wheeler Rd. Raleigh NC 27603.Starting at 4:00 pm followed by the placing of her urn in the Morris family cemetery plot at the church.