Shirley Thompson Sidbury

Published 6:00 pm Monday, December 31, 2018

On Dec. 30, 2018, surrounded by friends and family, Shirley Thompson Sidbury left her earthly home and entered into the loving arms of her savior Jesus Christ, and was reunited with her husband of 62 years, Charles Franklin Sidbury.

Shirley was born July 8, 1936, to parents of B.E. Thompson and Toy Lee Thompson of Dothan, Alabama. She was born and raised in Alabama and had a great fondness of Alabama in her heart even after living in North Carolina all of her adult life.

She met and married her husband of 62 years, Charles Franklin Sidbury, in Rocky Point, North Carolina. Besides being a wife and mother, she worked with the law firm of Biberstein & Moore. She was one of the first two employees of the Pender County Senior Center, back when it was established in 1992, which is now known as Pender Adult Services Inc. and served as the Assistant to the Executive Director until she retired in 2001. Shirley loved flowers, gardening and anything that allowed her to be outside in her yard. Even more than her love of the outside was her love of family and her faith in Jesus that sustained her. Charles and Shirley had three kids, seven grandkids, and two great-grandkids that were their pride and joy. Shirley was a charter member of ROCK Church in Wilmington, where she faithfully attended for over 28 years.

She is survived by her brother, Billy Thompson, son Forest Franklin Sidbury and wife Julie, of Washington; two daughters, Susan Sidbury Blake and husband Chris, of Scotts Hill, and Helen Sidbury Fuller and husband John, of Rocky Point; six grandchildren, Crystal Richartz (David), Christopher Blake, Allison Sidbury, Caleb Fuller, Kennedy Fuller, and Courtney Fuller; two great-grandchildren, Dylan and Isabella Richartz; a special niece, Sandra Buehler (Art) and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Franklin Sidbury; siblings, Burns Thompson, Hartford Thompson, Bennie Thompson, Pauline Wright, Doris Roberts, Joyce Thompson; and grandson, Forest Walker Sidbury.

The family will receive friends Wednesday, 6-7:30 p.m., at the funeral home.

A funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019, at Harrell’s Funeral Home Chapel, with Reverend Ron McGee and Reverend Bryan McGee officiating. Burial will follow in Pike Creek Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Pender Adult Services 901 South Walker Street, PO Box 1251, Burgaw, NC. 28425 or a charity of one’s choice.

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A service of Harrell’s Funeral Home and Cremation Service.