Friday, October 01, 2010


Shirley's obituary from the Charlotte Observer

Shirley McClanahan Maynor

Shirley McClanahan Maynor, 74, of Charlotte, passed away on Sunday, September 26, 2010 after a long illness.
Shirley was raised in Charlotte and graduated from Central High School in 1954. She was a longtime dental receptionist later earning her real estate broker license. Shirley was a realtor in the greater Charlotte area for 30 years spending most of that time with the Allen Tate Company in East Charlotte. She loved spending time with friends and family and will be missed by those who knew her. Shirley is preceded in death by her parents, Robmiller Bryant McClanahan, Reaves McClanahan, and daughter Penny Kay Maynor.

She is survived by her sons, Ray (Debbie), Robert (Dana) and Glenn, and grandchildren Colby, McKenzie, BreAnna, and Justin Maynor.

A memorial service will be held 1:00 p.m., Wednesday, September 29 in the chapel at Wilson Funeral and Cremation Service, 5301 Albemarle Rd. with the Rev. David Wyant officiating. Interment will follow in Sharon Memorial Park. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service on Wednesday at the funeral home
In lieu of flowers, memorials should be made to the Charlotte Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure , P.O. Box 601597, Charlotte, NC 28260-1597, or to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, 5950 Fairview Rd., Suite 250, Charlotte, NC 28210.
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Published in Charlotte Observer on September 28, 2010

Shirley's Funeral

By Mitzi Minor Roper

I went to Shirley's Funeral today. It was SO sweet!!!!! She would have been "proud". LOTS of people attended the "Family Greeting Time" that did not stay for the Funeral--- I got there at 12:30 and had to wait in a LONG line to speak to her boys. Parking lot was full.

They gave out little pamphlets with her picture on the front. Inside under same picture was a poem. Her date of birth and death were on the other side with Pastor's name---- David Wyatt from Memorial United Methodist.

Very well attended by our class as well as other friends. The Chapel was FULL. MOST of our class sat together.

Flowers were lovely----she was cremated as you know and they had her urn at the front of the Chapel. She apparently had a lot of extended family who sat behind her boys.
Her minister did an excellent job--

Glen, her youngest boy who lived with her, got up with a "pink" baseball cap on his head and spoke first----he told everyone that he was wearing the pink hat because it was what Shirley put on her head when she got cold. (She NEVER wore her 2 new wigs because she said that they were too uncomfortable) He was REALLY a comedian and told some of the FUNNIEST stories about Shirley and the boys when they were growing up! 

Then Ray, her oldest who is from Huntsville, Ala., got up and said that he had done something the night before that he had NEVER done before----he had written a poem about Shirley. It was really quiet nice and he chatted a little about his Mother and some of the "trials" she had gone through---nothing "out of order", but very touching and sweet.

Robert, her middle child from Columbia did not speak---you may remember that it was Robert who was so attentive and sort of took over when she wasn't able to "think and do for herself". Then the minister read the I Cor. 4 passage and said a prayer. A lot of people went to the Grave Yard too. 

Her boys (particularly Robert and Ray) are REALLY nice boys and ALL of them thanked and thanked everyone for coming. Don't think that they expected such a crowd. They reflected her hard work at being a good Mother!!!!!!

Don't know "who" planned everything, whether Shirley did, or the boys, but it was VERY well done.
While it is difficult to lose Shirley, God's timing was perfect as it ALWAYS is! I went to see her for the last time in the nursing home on Thursday----I prayed for the Lord to take her----she had been through a lot----I don't "believe" that her life had been an easy one either. 

She set a GREAT example of "perseverance" for her boys and friends. Betty Rose told me that she was going to be buried in the same grave with her infant daughter, Penny.

Hopefully many of us will see her again in the future-----but God willing----not in the "too near" future.

Tomorrow is another day and life goes on!