Shirley Lee Buckley was born on Thursday, August 23, 1960 and died at the age of 58 on April 25, 2019 at Froedtert South Hospital in Kenosha. She was surrounded by her family. Shirley was the baby girl, the 13th child of 15 children born to the late Deacon Andrew Jackson and Ora Bell Johnson Buckley in Racine.
Shirley was a lifelong resident of Racine. She was a past member of St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church under the leadership of Bishop Lawrence L. Kirby. Shirley was a fun loving and a very out spoken person within her family and friends. She was a matter of fact, quick to tell you what she thought without any reservation. Shirley will always be remembered for her outgoing personality.
Shirley enjoyed taking care of her patients at various group homes before she became ill. She was well known in the Racine/Kenosha communities. She loved her family immensely and spoke her mind openly. Shirley was a foster daughter of Mary and Cleveland Cornelius. She was special friends with Curtis Peterson and Kenny “Boy” Simmons. Shirley had fun times with her nieces: Joy Bedford, Sherrie Tucker, Sherree Tucker, Tiffany (Jerry) Henderson, FeAunte Buckley Preyear, Nia Malone, Rekita Feagin, Mercedes Feagin, Marnicka McMillian, Marijah Williams “U.S. Army”, Masheeka Lee, Tereal (Mike) Buckley Caulfield, Paulette Stokes, Rashonda Thomas, Gwen McNeal, Janie (Darryl) Boston, Jessica Davis, Jackie Wilson and Laurie Moss. Nephews: Ivy Tucker, Anthony (Valerie) Tucker, Victor Thomas, and Tyrone (Tiffany Gray) Buckley. Also, fond special relationships with Willie Buckley, Virginia Holbrook, Alyah Buckley, Easker (Jeanette) Buckley, Minister Yusuf (Tina) Buckley, Yusuf Buckley, Jr., Dellora Buckley, Ali’Yunna Buckley, Minister Wanda Buckley Jordan and Apostle Joseph (Cynthia) Buckley.
Shirley will be missed by her siblings, Louise Tucker, Minister Deloris Brown, Eula (JW) Booker, First Lady Annie (Pastor Johnny) Thomas, Minister Della Buckley, Dr. Betty Pace, MD, Minister Wanda Buckley Jordan, Willie (Virginia Holbrook) Buckley and Apostle Joseph (First Lady Cynthia) Buckley, nieces, nephews, aunts, cousins and many friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, sisters-Lydia Mae Buckley, Mary Ann (Arnold) Martin, brothers-Andrew Jackson Buckley, Willie Mize Buckley, Anthony Terry Buckley, brother-in-law-Deacon Walter Brown & Nephews-Pastor Andrew Brown and Glen Tucker.
Funeral services will be held Friday, 11 a.m, at St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church, 1120 Grand Avenue, with Bishop L.L. Kirby officiating. Interment will follow at Graceland Cemetery. Relatives and friends may meet with the family Friday at the church from 10 a.m. until time of service at 11 a.m.
Please send condolences to Maresh-Meredith & Acklam Funeral Home.