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Shirley Burch

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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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I first met Shirley about thirty years ago when she was in my SS class at Florence Baptist Temple. She became such a dear, sweet friend and I will miss her terribly. I could easily call her Miss Vogue because she always dressed so beautifully! Even after her strokes as soon as possible, she was wearing high heels again. These last three years she has suffered so much with the dialysis and other problems. She was a fighter though and kept coming back to us. Attending your 50th Anniversary Party last year, Willie, was such a treat and I'll remember it always. Please know how very sorry we are. I loved her. We'll keep you and the family in our prayers. Sincerely, Gloria Reynolds

Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

Memories of Shirley are always precious! I remember when we taught Sunday School together many years ago, she loved those 3 year olds! I always will think of her with her sweet smiles. One other memory was she would always ask us when would our children have children. She loved those grandkids! When I finally got to tell her we were going to be grandparents - she was thrilled! She will be sorely missed. She was such a wonderful example of what a Christian was! Our prayers are with all the family and especially Willie. We would be at the funeral but since we can't please know Willie that our thoughts are with you! Love in Christ, Rodney & Margot Freeze

Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

Shirley, thank you for your friendship all these years and for introducing me to FBT. We've had some great heart to heart chats. I will surely miss you, but I know you are with the Lord now. Your were always so supportive of me. Remember, I love you girl. Dr. Vicki Dixon

Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

May God comfort you during this time of sorrow. Love you Adrienne Bostick.

Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

My Condolences to the Burch Family. May God comfort you during this time of sorrow.

Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

To a beautiful soul Aunt Shirley you will be greatly be missed. I hold my childhood memories coming down south for Summers and staying with you and stay with Thellanda playing in the yard jumping on the trampoline getting up on Sundays to go to church are some of my best memories. We love you and we will miss you!! From your loving niece Tyesha and Family

Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

Charlene and the family we is sorry for your loss we keep you and our prayers .God bless you and your family. Love the Bostick family,

Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

When I would come down from Ct. Every Summer Auntie I would leave until I would stay with you and Uncle Frank. You would take me to Church. I Thank God for the light and Salt that God you to be in My Lift. And Thank to Leading Me to the Cross. I'm know an Woman of God. Missed but Never Never forgotten. And Thank you for Teaching me to bake those delicious cakes.

Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

I send my deepest condolences to the family of Ms. Shirley. She was a long time shopper at Hobby Lobby and one of my favorites. I always hugged her when she came through the door. That smile of hers would make my day. I sure did love her and I told her that I did quite often. She will surely be missed. I will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers and may the LORD give you strength and guide you in this time of need. Pat from Hobby Lobby in Florence SC

Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

To the Burch family my cousin a beautiful person inside and out we love you and will miss you God bless:your family in WINSTON-SALEM AUNT MARY,ARCHIE,VERNA LEE,ROGER

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