Shirley Joann McNeilly of Newcastle, received a lifelong wish and was able to see her Savior face to face along with many, many cherished loved ones. Shirley passed from this earthly life to her heavenly home on Saturday, January 27th 2018, surrounded by those she loved. She was born May 21, 1934, to Lena (Addington) Monroe and Paul Monroe. Shirley was blessed to be married to her high school sweetheart and lifelong love, Dean C. McNeilly for 53 years. They built and operated Cedar Creek Golf Course and McNeilly Oil and Gas Trucking Company side by side. Together they raised three daughters, with strong faith; a great love for God and a tremendous amount of laughter.
Shirley’s greatest joy was sharing her faith with others. She taught Sunday school for 45 years; Training Union classes, Girls in Action, Vacation Bible School, Backyard Bible Club, Women’s Missions, the church nursery and was heavily involved with the Church Youth Group. She had a gift that helped her to be able to reach out and touch the lives of total strangers who would pour their heart out to her in the grocery store, gas stations, sporting events, etc. Her family has been blessed to see her counsel, pray for and love hundreds if not thousands of people in this way over the years. She just somehow made them and everyone she came in contact with know that they were loved and that she cared about them.
If there was anything her children or grandchildren were involved with Shirley would be there front and center; from home room mother; music programs and competitions, 4-H leader, Share the Fun, cheer leading events, to countless football, basketball and baseball games. She loved making costumes or backdrops for plays and programs or chaperoning class field trips. Shirley was also involved in many community civic organizations and could often be found organizing charity drives.
Shirley was preceded in death by: her parents, Lena and Paul Monroe; her in laws, Opal and Lester McNeilly; her husband, Dean McNeilly; daughter, Debra Dean McNeilly; sister and brother in law, Beverlee and Dallas Morgan; sister, Pal Myra Booth; sister and brother in law, Paulena and Grant Grady; brother, Roger Monroe; nephew, Rocky Staats; niece, Ricky Staats; niece, Dallas Gail Dilly and great nephew, Zane Peery.
She is survived by: her three daughters, Toni McNeilly, Amy Brooks and husband Randy, Andrea Tucker and husband Danny. Her grandchildren, Lacey and Matt Reikowsky, Tyler Dean Tucker, Katie and Greg Pallone, Nick and Rachel Brooks, Andrew and Lacy Brooks, Landrey Brooks, Baylee Biggerstaff and Alexis McNeillly. Shirley’s great grandchildren are Addison Reikowsky, Kinsley Brooks, Lilly Jo Brooks and Benjamin Brooks.
It was the greatest joy of her life knowing that all of her children and grandchildren came to know and love the lord dearly and because of her legacy, her grandchildren will ensure that their babies are raised to know and love God as much as she did.
We will gather to honor her life at the First Baptist Church of Newcastle, Saturday February 3rd, 2018 at 1 pm, with the Rev. Brent Parsons officiating. Interment will be at the Blanchard Cemetery following the ceremony. Arrangements are being handled through the Wilson-Little Funeral Home in Newcastle. Send online condolences @www.wilsonlittle.com. The family would dearly love if you could be there with us for this special time. In lieu of flowers it was Shirley’s greatest wish that anyone reading this would please share the love of Christ with someone today. If you do not know Christ, Shirley would dearly love for you to visit this link to find out how to have eternal life http://www.sbc.net/knowjesus/theplan.asp. “I have fought the good fight, I have stayed the course, I have kept the faith.” 2nd Timothy 4:7.