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Shirley Phillips Edwards
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Shirley P. Edwards
November 22, 1937 - May 30, 2017
Kinston-Shirley Phillips Edwards, 79, of Kinston, peacefully passed away on Tuesday, May 30, 2017. Shirley was born November 22, 1937 in Lenoir County to the late Ralph and Ruby Howard Phillips. Shirley worked many years as a bank teller. She began her career with BB&T and later retired from the State Employees` Credit Union. One who possessed a strong work ethic, Shirley took great pride in her work and had a way of connecting with her bank customers. She was excellent with numbers and was instrumental in the training of numerous bank tellers. Shirley took great pride in her appearance and was always impeccably dressed. Family and friends have sweet memories of her pig-picking and Japanese fruit cakes. Shirleys grandchildren fondly remember the little candy bars she placed in the refrigerator and her famous pancakes and sausage. Nothing was better to her family than sitting around her kitchen table. Sweet and gentle by nature, a good game of checkers always brought out her competitive side. A woman of strong faith and a believer in the power of prayer, Shirley worshiped at Liberty Baptist Church.
A service to honor and celebrate Shirleys life will be held Friday, June 2, 2017 at 2 p.m. from Liberty Baptist Church, Snow Hill. Burial will follow at Pinelawn Memorial Park, Kinston.
Shirley is survived by her best friend and husband of 60 years, Marvin Wayne Edwards, Sr.; daughter, Sandy Smith and husband, Greg; son, Marvin Wayne Edwards, Jr. and wife, Dianne; two grandchildren, Hillary Smith and Troy Smith; great-grandchild, Caidan Smith; sister, Sybil Carol Styles and husband, Fred; and two sisters-in-law, Geneva Phillips and Shelby Jean Phillips. In addition to her parents, Shirley was preceded in death by two brothers, Jesse Earl Phillips and Robert Dalton Phillips; and an infant sister.
Shirleys family will receive friends Thursday from 6-8 p.m. at Rouse Funeral Home. Flowers are welcome or memorials may be made to Liberty Baptist Church, 705 SE 2nd Street, Snow Hill, NC 28580 or Vidant Inpatient Hospice, c/o PCMH Foundation, P.O. Box 8489, Greenville, NC 27835. Online condolences may be expressed at Arrangements are with Rouse Funeral Home, La Grange.

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6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Rouse Funeral Home

108 North Caswell Street
La Grange, NC 28551-1725

Service Of Remembrance




2:00 PM
Liberty Baptist Church

705 SE 2nd Street
Snow Hill, NC 28580


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