March 4, 2021, 79, Goldsboro –
Shirley Ann Taylor Koonce passed away March 4, 2021. She was born in Lenoir County to the late Omega Rom Taylor and Linnie Pittman Taylor on June 10, 1941. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sisters, Thelma Colie, Anna Colie, Louise Lee, and Pauline Taylor, and her husband of 53 years, Herbert Stephenson Koonce, Jr.
Shirley’s world revolved around her family. With over 53 years of marriage to her husband, she was a devoted and caring wife. Their children made their home complete, and their grandchildren were her pride and greatest joy.
Christmas was Shirley’s favorite time of year. For her, it was more than a holiday or a season, but a feeling of the heart. She enjoyed decorating and going caroling on Christmas Eve with her family.
Shirley found pleasure in the small things in life. There were few things she delighted in more than a good book.
A service to honor and remember Shirley’s life will be held by the graveside at 1 p.m. on Monday, March 8, 2021, at Pinelawn Memorial Park in Kinston.
Shirley is survived by her children, JoAnne W. Shannon, Joe Allen Wiggins, Jr., and Steven Koonce; five grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in Shirley’s memory may be made to her memorial fund, in the care of Rouse Funeral Home, 108 N. Caswell Street, La Grange, NC 28551. Online condolences may be expressed at www.rousefh.com. Arrangements are entrusted to Rouse Funeral Home, La Grange.