Shirley Mae Smedley Lewis of Jewell Lane, Morehead, more lovingly known by most as Nanan, made heaven her home Thursday morning, January 7, 2021. She is now reunited with her beloved husband, Philip “PR” Lewis, whom she has missed immensely since his passing in 2007.
Born December 8, 1939, on Dry Creek, Shirley was the daughter of the late Andy and Ina Dehart Smedley. Besides her parents she was preceded in death by her three brothers, Ray, Richard, and Paul Smedley; her sister, Vera Marie Miller; an infant sister, Mildred Smedley and sister-in-law, Jean Smedley.
Together, Philip and Shirley had two devoted daughters, Kimberly Lewis Allen and husband Dwayne, and Susan Roxanne Lewis and companion Larry Hickerson, all of Morehead; four favorite grandchildren, Kenna Marie Allen Gauche and husband Randy, Dwayne Edward Allen II, Kenneth Randolph Lewis and Austin James Alderson; and three adored great grandsons, Jace Brayden, Michael Colton, and D3. Shirley is also survived by two brothers, Harold Smedley and wife Loretta and Larry Neal Smedley and wife Vicki, as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins who each held a special place in her heart.
Shirley and Philip’s love story began while she was working at the Dairy Mart. Philip returned home from his service in the Marine Corps and walked in the front door wearing his long white leather coat. At the first sight of Shirley, he turned to his friends and said “Boys, I’m going to marry that woman!” Five years later they were married at the First Church of God by Rev. John W. Conley. They built quite a life together over the years. They founded Big 4 Lumber Company, among other business ventures that have served Rowan County and surrounding communities for over 40 years. The success of their businesses provided them many opportunities to share adventures with their daughters and their families, all of whom are still involved in the family businesses. Even after Philip’s passing, Shirley continued to assist in the office at the lumber company.
As a dedicated and loving wife, mother, and grandmother, Nanan was a phenomenal cook and took great pride in keeping an immaculate house. She enjoyed raising and spending time with her children, grandchildren and great-grandsons. Rarely did she miss their school trips, ballgames and events. Shirley and PR loved traveling together—and with their family. Some of their most memorable trips were to England, Idaho, Colorado and their many Disney, Gatlinburg, beach and ski vacations! Shirley’s door was always open for friends and family to gather. She always looked forward to hosting the annual Smedley Family Fourth of July and Christmas events. Throughout all her years, she instilled strong values and many life lessons in her family.
Shirley was a devout Christian and a longtime member of the Morehead First Church of God. During her countless years of service, she was involved in many facets of the church. She served as the Sunday School Superintendent, sang in the choir, served on the Benevolence Committee and the Church Council. She was also very active with the Women’s Church of God group. She never missed an opportunity to coordinate a church dinner, deliver a bereavement meal, or host an event for the choir. In addition, Shirley was a member of the Morehead Woman’s Club and the Morehead Garden Club.
Nanan will be dearly missed and forever in our hearts.
Visitation will be held at 12:00 noon on Sunday, January 10, 2021, at Northcutt & Son Home for Funerals in Morehead, followed by a Celebration of Life service at 3 p.m. with the Rev. Mitchell Burch officiating. Burial will follow in Lee Cemetery. Family will serve as pallbearers.
In lieu of flowers, contributions are suggested to the Alzheimer’s Association or to St. Claire HealthCare Hospice.
COVID-19 mandates will be observed.
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