Tom Shirley

December 9, 1932 - March 13, 2021

Tom Shirley, of Nome, died Saturday March 13, 2021, at Christus Southeast Texas, St. Elizabeth, Beaumont. He was born December 9, 1932, in Cleveland, Texas, to Tom Shirley and Lida Hines Shirley.

Tom served his country in the U.S. Air Force and was stationed in San Antonio and Korea. While in San Antonio, he married Melba McFerrin, who was also in the Air Force, in 1953.  He was a long-time member of First Baptist Church of Nome and retired from Goodyear Chemical in Beaumont after thirty years. Tom enjoyed working on old cars and was always willing to help neighbors in their time of need.

Tom was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Donald Shirley; and a sister, Dana Manuel.

Survivors include his wife, Melba, of Nome; three children, Lloyd Shirley and wife, Kristin, of Nome; Thomas Shirley and wife, Kay, of Wake Village; and Melinda Shirley of Spring; three grandchildren, Amy Abshier, Megan Griffin, and Macy Shirley; and sisters, Virginia Perry and Mary Brodie.

A graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, March 19, 2021, at China Cemetery, China, under the direction of Broussard’s, 1605 North Major Drive, Beaumont.

Memorial contributions may be made to First Baptist Church P.O. Box 113, Nome, Texas 77629.

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  • 461 Benoit Avenue, China, Texas 77713
  • 03/19/2021
  • 11:00 am

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Jillian and Garrett Waggoner

So sorry to hear of Mr. Tom Shirley's passing. He was a very sweet man. Praying for your Family.

Carl Henderson

Dear Shirley Family, Mr. Tom was a great man with a heart of gold. . He was a faithful member of our church and community and will forever be missed. Cindy and I thought a great deal of him and we want you to know that you will all be in our prayers. Carl Lane & Cindy

Carolyn Daniels

My condolence to the whole Shirley family. Such a nice man , Always willing to help others. And faith y too the church. He will be missed by the community.

Ben and Janet Sanders

Prayers for peace and restoration for the family. Our deepest condolences.

Charlotte and Howard Arceneaux

I knew and have worked with Tom for many years; you would have to look hard and long to find a nicer fella. We are gonna miss you Tom. Prayers to his family. Howard and Charlotte Arceneaux

Etta Stelly

My condolences to you and your sorry for the lose of you love one.

Tracey Whitaker

Melinda and family, So sorry to hear of your father’s and husband’s passing! Always looked for him driving his cars around town! May you find peace and comfort in him being with the Lord!