Allen Blake Shirley, 32, passed away October 5, 2018. He was born
January 7, 1986 the son of Rex Allen Shirley Jr. and the late, Belinda Gray Todd Shirley. Blake was born with cerebral palsy and had a love for music and singing. He loved his family and was an avid NASCAR and Duke Basketball fan. Blake was a graduate of Greene Central High School.
His surviving family includes his father, Rex Allen Shirley Jr. and wife, Lisa of Hookerton; paternal grandmother, Mary Alice Shirley of Hookerton; maternal grandmother, Brenda Riley of Ormondsville; a sister, Rachel Cox and husband, Bobby of Grifton; brothers, Tyler Steven Shirley and friend, Megan Ham and Colby Shirley and fiancé Hannah Smith all of Hookerton; step-sisters, Brandi Holland and husband Josh, Brianna Jones and fiancé Ricky Shefka, and Briley Jones; special uncle, Randell “Randy” Shirley of Hookerton; a special aunt, Gina Grant of Ormondsville; and a special niece, Jordan Cox. In addition to his mother he was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, Rex Allen Shirley Sr.
Funeral services will be held 2 PM Wednesday, October 10, at the chapel of Taylor-Tyson Funeral Service with the Reverend Roger Tripp and Brandon Johnson officiating. Interment will follow in the Forest Hills Cemetery in Farmville.
The Family will receive friends on Tuesday from 6 – 8 PM at the funeral home and other times at the family residence. Flowers are welcome or memorials may be sent to Easterseals UCP, 5171 Glenwood Avenue Suite 211, Raleigh, NC 27612. Online condolences may be sent to www.taylor-tyson.com.
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I’m so very sorry for your loss. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.
Submitted by Deborah Johnson on Oct 15 2018 08:06:36 AM
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Gina, so sorry for your loss. I know he meant a lot to you and you will miss him. But he is whole again and with his mother. Praise God.
Submitted by Katie Rayner on Oct 9 2018 02:50:41 PM
Condolences to the family for your loss and praying for comfort...Blake was a joy to work with i can see his smile and hear his laughter even though its been many years ago since i worked with him through Coordinated Health Services.He was truly a sweetheart
Submitted by Iva Williams-Taylor on Oct 9 2018 01:56:30 PM
The world will miss your smile and your laugh. Everyday in high school you would stop me in the hall for a hug and a piece of gum. I always had a pack just for you. You will always be a brother to me and I will miss you dearly! Although In a little jealous of the reunion you had upstairs! No more wheelchairs, just running and skipping the streets of gold! Until we meet again rest easy Blake and keep watch over your family! Give my mom and dad a big hig for me! Love you buddy 💔
Submitted by Amanda Shirley on Oct 9 2018 01:43:33 PM
We're sorry for your lost. May God continue to bless and strengthen you during your time of bereavement.
Submitted by Shemeka Reid on Oct 9 2018 11:29:07 AM
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Shemeka Reid lit a candle on Oct 9 2018 11:28:33 AM
My deepest sympathy to all of you. My prayer is that God will comfort you and give you peace.
Submitted by Margo S. Albritton on Oct 9 2018 10:40:24 AM
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