Vaughn Robert “Poppy” Shirley, born on September 7, 1964, to Ronald Robert Shirley and Ethel Marie Thomas Shirley went home to be with our Lord Friday, June 26, 2015. Vaughn loved life, hunting, fishing, good music and good friends, but most of all he loved his family. Vaughn married his childhood sweetheart, Karen Leigh Brown Shirley April 9, 1983, and became father to three wonderful beautiful children, Timothy Christopher Shirley, Rachel Madelyn Shirley, and Brooke Ashleigh Shirley Cole and father-in-law to Nicholas Cole, and “Poppy” to amazing grandchildren Gavin, Anna Leigh, and Maddie. Vaughn is preceded in death by his mother Ethel, his step-mother, Katie Elizabeth Dean Shirley, his paternal grandparents, Robert William Shirley and Vera Marie Ammons Shirley, his maternal grandparents, John Wesley “Daddy Red” and “Granny” Annie Thomas as well as Clifford Chelsey and Billie Joy Dean.
Vaughn is survived by his wife of 32 years, Karen, his son Timothy, his daughters Rachel and her other half Jeff Scaife, Brooke and son-in-law Nicholas, his precious grandchildren, Gavin Lyle, Anna Leigh, Madelyn Alyce, and Mikayla Rose, his father Ronald Robert and step-mother Odene Shirley, brothers Darius Dean Shirley and wife Nicke, Richard Ryan Shirley and wife Jamie, Jonathan Tate and his wife Katherine, Benjamin Tate and wife Larah, his sisters, Virginia Richmon and husband Kerby, Brandy Williams and husband Rick, and Victoria Schleben and husband Jon. He is also survived by his in-laws, Garland and Sybil Brown, sisters- & brothers-in-law, Donna Brown, Cheryl and Jackie Guin, Robin and Leman “Boogie” Wadkins along with children by love T J Mitcham and Chase Williams and a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.
Those honored to serve as pallbearers include: Anthony Shirley, Reed Stephens, Ron Jones, Nicholas Cole, Jeff Scaife, and Greg Moran.