1958  ~  The Tribute of Life  ~  2020


Mr. Curtis Eugene “Gene” Shirley, 62, of Walstonburg, passed away at his son’s home in Deep Run on June 28, 2020 surrounded by his family. 


Born on March 2, 1958, he was the son of Maylon and Kayron Shirley. Gene enjoyed reading and studying his Bible. He had a passion for passing on his knowledge to those around him. Joke telling was his specialty, bringing a smile to everyone’s face around him. Spending time with his children, grandchildren and his friend Kim brought him so much joy. Sunday morning breakfast trips to Waffle House with Brandon, many hunting trips with Tony, and visits with his sister Pam were always some of his fondest memories.  He enjoyed spending his free time with Kim and sharing memories of their children and grandchildren together. 


He is preceded in death by his father Maylon Shirley. He is survived by mother Kayron Shirley of Walstonburg, NC; son Brandon and wife Ashleigh and grandchildren Wyatt, Jacob Levi, Gracie and Emma of Dover, NC; son Tony and wife Brittany and grandchild Noah of Deep Run, NC; his sister Pam and husband Jamin Simmons of Hyde County, and many nieces and nephews; and life-long partner Kim Whitley of Kinston, NC. 


Gene will be missed by his loving family and friends. 


In lieu of flowers, please make a contribution to Saint Jude’s Children’s Hospital.