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Shirley Burch

d. April 19, 2020

The Governor of South Carolina advises to limit public gatherings to 50 guests or less to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Smith Funeral Home of Florence, LLC carefully considered this recommendation and ask that additional guest please participate via live-streaming if it is authorized by the family.

Private Funeral service Mrs. Shirley Mae Burch will be conducted 12 Noon Thursday, April 23, 2020 at J. O. & Annette Smith Memorial Chapel, 307 S. Johns St., Florence. Interment will follow in Florence National Cemetery, directed by Smith Funeral Home of Florence, LLC.

Mrs. Shirley Mae Burch, the daughter of the late William Dicker and Edna Mae Dicker, was born January 6, 1951 in Williamsburg County. God called her home on April 19, 2020.

Shirley attended Stuckey Elementary School and was a proud graduate of Wilson High School in Florence, South Carolina.

Shirley was joined in marital bliss to Willie Frank Burch on June 27, 1969 and recently celebrated their 50th anniversary. To this union five children were born.

Shirley was employed with General Electric in Florence, South Carolina, where she retired after several years of service.

After accepting Christ as her Lord and Savior, Shirley became a member of Florence Baptist Temple of Florence, South Carolina in 1977 and later served as a Sunday School Teacher.

Shirley’s love for God showed in the life she lived. She exemplified her faith in God, shared her testimony and witnessed with everyone she met.

Shirley was preceded in death by her parents, William Dicker and Edna Mae Dicker; and three brothers, William Dicker, Jr., Harry Lee Dicker, and Willie Ray Dicker.

Shirley leaves to cherish her precious memories: her committed husband, Willie Frank Burch, Sr. of Florence, South Carolina; five children, Shirlvena Brown of Florence, South Carolina, Willie F. Burch, Jr. and wife, Beatrice Burch of Suffolk, Virginia, Darren Lee Burch of Florence, South Carolina, Thellanda Burch of Florence, South Carolina , and Joshua Lee Burch of Florence, South Carolina; thirteen grandchildren, Angel Brown, Traquel Burch (Kel), Tyquan Crawford (Quan), Daija Burch, Ahnesha Burch, Maurice Brown, Tashira Burch, Ariel Burch, Darren Burch, Jr. (DJ), Amani Burch, Tahja Burch, Aaliyha Burch, and Jakayla Davis; two great grandchildren, Timothy Howe, Jr. (TJ) and Trenton Howe; seven siblings, Marjorie Cooper of Passaic, New Jersey, Alfred Dicker and wife, Rosa Dicker of East Orange, New Jersey, Mary Ellen Cunningham of Middletown, Connecticut, Linda Dicker of Passaic, New Jersey, Judy Daniels and husband, Leroy Daniels of Pamplico, South Carolina, Levern Dicker of Florence, South Carolina and Morris Earl Dicker of Lodi, New Jersey; five sisters-in-law, Georgia Belin of Florence, South Carolina, Dianne Barr and husband, Ernie Joe Barr of Florence, South Carolina, Donette McCaskill and husband, Michael McCaskill of Florence, South Carolina, Donna Marie Richardson of Florence, South Carolina and Rosa Lee Bostick of Middletown, Connecticut; and a host nephews; nieces; other relatives; and friends.

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