Dennis Wayne Shirley


Mr. Dennis Wayne Shirley, 66, of Greenbackville, passed away May 23, 2021, at his residence.

He was born in Chesapeake, Feb. 14, 1955, a son to the late Albert “Jack” Shirley and Ruth (Price) Shirley.

Dennis is survived by his loving spouse, Christine Caton Murphy, of Accomack County; three sons, Nathan Shirley and his wife, Kate, of Omaha, Neb., Joshua Graham, of Virginia Beach, and Hunter Shirley, of Chesapeake; four grandchildren, Ella, Haddon, Ava, and Brayden; ex-wife, Debbie Felmey, and her husband, Bob, of Chesapeake; sister, Peggy Leonard, and partner, Ed, of Houston, Texas; sister-in-law, Karen Hyman, and her husband, Douglas Hyman, of Machipongo; niece, Denise Joyner Geissinger, and her husband, Steve, of Poquoson, Va.; great-niece, Hope Geissinger; great-nephew, Kyle Geissinger; and family friends, Wendy Bergbower, Jesica Jester, Rick Davis, and Andrew Richards.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Linda Shirley Criswell.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Emmanuel Episcopal Church in care of Mr. Benny Mason, Treasurer, P.O. Box 186, Oak Hall, VA 23416.

Arrangements are being handled by Salyer Funeral Home Inc., on Chincoteague Island.

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