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Obituaries > SHIRLEY, LESTER E.

Lester E. Shirley, aged 89 was called home to his Lord to join his beloved wife of 67 years, Lillian on Sunday December 11, 2011. He was preceded in death by Lillian, his parents Jack and Leona Shirley and his sister Juanita Carter. He was a Marine who proudly served his country in the Pacific front as a member of Roosevelt’s Raiders. He was a charter member of VFW Post 4149 in Midland. He was a faithful, active member of St. Mark’s United Methodist Church since 1954. He worked as a refrigeration and microwave repair technician at Merriman Appliance for 20 years. He and Lillian loved to fish and camp out in their R.V. and wintered in Arizona for many years. He was a loving, exceptional father and wonderful granddad and great-grandfather called “Pa-Pa” much loved by all. He is survived by his daughters Linda James and husband Gary of Adrian Texas, daughter Evelyn and Charlie Corbett of Big Spring, Texas; four grandchildren, Mike James of Sydney Australia, Thomas James and wife Charla of Amarillo, Texas, Buddy Chancellor of Bemidji, Minnesota, Dawn Blashill of Minnesota; 4 great-grandchildren David, Kendra and Derrick Vigil of Minnesota, Kolby Chancellor of Colorado; and four great-great-grandchildren Elizabeth, Serinity and Jeremia Vigil of Minnesota and Chloe James of Amarillo, Texas. The family request memorials be made to Hospice of Midland (P.O. Box 2621, Midland, Texas 79702) or to the charity of your choice in his name. Graveside service will be held on Thursday, December 15, 2011 at 2:00pm at Resthaven Memorial Park. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, December 14, 2011 from 6-8 p.m. at Ellis Funeral Home.