GASTONIA - Ralph Shirley Jr., affectionately known as Rocky, was born Dec. 14, 1929, in Akron, Ohio, and passed at his home,
Gaston Place, on Jan. 26, 2014.
He is survived by his children, Pam Wilson (Eddie), Steve Shirley (Pam), Ginger Smith (Jeff), Joe Shirley (Linda), Jill McGee (Bob) and Jeff Shirley (Teresa); 12 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren.
Ralph was preceded in death by his wife of 62 years Patricia Brandon Shirley.
He was a loving father and husband and a US Army
veteran of the Korean War
He retired from New South Athletic Co. Ralph was an avid sports fan, particularly the White Sox. He loved playing golf and had fond
memories of coaching football and baseball in Mt. Holly with his boys.
A memorial service to celebrate his life will be held 6:30 p.m. Thursday at West Cramerton Baptist Church 5006 Wilkinson Blvd Gastonia NC 28056.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 6:30 p.m. prior to the service.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Gaston Hospice 258 E. Garrison Blvd Gastonia NC 28054.
A Simple Service, burial and cremation, is serving the family 704-884-0150.