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Shirley Wade Killette

August 8, 1935 October 24, 2018
Shirley Wade Killette
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Shirley W. Killette
August 8, 1935 - October 24, 2018

La Grange-Shirley Wade Killette, 83, was promoted to her Heavenly reward and a reunion with her beloved husband, Wayne, on Wednesday, October 24, 2018. Shirley was born August 8, 1935, in Greene County to the late Vander Wade and Nora Ham Wade. Her husband, Wayne Killette, preceded her in death on March 27, 2008.

At the age of sixteen, Shirley married the love of her life. She and Wayne loved the life they built together on the farm with their family. The epitome of a Southern lady, she was great at cooking classic dishes like chicken pastry, turkey and dressing, giblet gravy, chicken salad, chicken casserole, fish stew, and her famous blueberry delight. Her family enjoyed many a good meal and fellowship around her table. When she wasn’t cooking in her own kitchen, Shirley might be found dining at Bojangles, Little J’s, or The Sandpiper, where she always ordered the fried shrimp.

Her loving and caring spirit endeared Shirley to everyone she met. She always maintained her humble attitude and sweet personality. Shirley never uttered an ugly word about anyone and was always supportive of friends and family. In the words of her family, Shirley was just a good woman. Her Christian faith was evident in all she did. Shirley worshiped her Lord at Bethel United Methodist Church.

Shirley and Wayne along with their good friends, Gordon and Louise Parks, shared many fond memories of surf fishing at the coast. The tug of a sea mullet on the fishing line always brought a smile. An avid gardener, Shirley always look forward to spring when her hard work would blossom. She took great pride in her yard and flowers.

As the matriarch of her family, Shirley was a godly example of what a mother should be. Everything she did revolved around the care and well being of those she loved. In a family full of singers, she was always the voice critic. She was quick to let you know when you were a little off pitch. Some of her best times were spent with her family as they played on Saturday nights at The New South. Shirley was always there for her family when she was needed, despite whatever may be going on around her. Her gentleness and patience allowed her children and grandchildren the confidence to give her their utmost trust and respect. Mrs. Shirley’s children rise up, and call her blessed.

A service to remember and celebrate Shirley’s life will be held Sunday, October 28, 2018 at 3 p.m. at Rouse Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Fairview Cemetery.

Shirley is survived by four children, Deborah Rouse and husband, Wayne, Joy Hill and husband, Doug, Jeff Killette and wife, Donna, and Wade Killette and wife, Lisa; nine grandchildren, Meredith Karcher and husband, Kyle, Jaime Wiggins and husband, Scott, Jordan Rouse and wife, Emily, Lindsay Herrera and husband, Joey, Mindy Rouse and husband, Jamie, Garrett Hill, Kayla Hill, Joshua Killette and Madison Killette; sixteen great-grandchildren, Payton, Pearson, Perkins, Paitley, Jackson, Channing, Mason, Tucker, Jackson, Fisher, Kenzleigh, Adler, Gavyn, Kaiden, Brookelyn, and Nolyn; and her caregivers, Barbara Sturm, Shelby Clark, and Cindy Rouse. In addition to her parents and husband, Shirley was preceded in death by four brothers, Melvin Wade, Carlos Wade, Vander Wade Jr. and Elwood Wade.

Family and friends will be received Saturday from 5-7 p.m. at Rouse Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at Memorials may be made to Bethel United Methodist Church, c/o Jackie Overbee, 111 Cassedale Drive, Goldsboro, NC 27534. Arrangements are entrusted to Rouse Funeral Home, La Grange.

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5:00 PM 10/27/2018 5:00:00 PM - 7:00 PM 10/27/2018 7:00:00 PM
Rouse Funeral Home

108 North Caswell Street
La Grange, NC 28551-1725

Rouse Funeral Home
108 North Caswell Street La Grange 28551-1725 NC
United States

Service Of Remembrance




3:00 PM 10/28/2018 3:00:00 PM
Rouse Funeral Home

108 North Caswell Street
La Grange, NC 28551-1725

Rouse Funeral Home
108 North Caswell Street La Grange 28551-1725 NC
United States

Cemetery Details


Fairview Cemetery Final Resting Place

107 North Forbes Street
La Grange, NC 28551

107 North Forbes Street La Grange 28551 NC
United States

Memorial Contribution

Bethel United Methodist Church

c/o Jackie Overbee, 111 Cassedale Drive
Goldsboro, NC 27534

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