Shirley Anne Gulley
November 13, 1938 -
May 5, 2020

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It is with regret we announce the passing of Mrs. Shirley Anne Gulley, Age 81, of Fayetteville, TN. Shirley was born on November 13, 1938, in Weymouth, MA to the late Anna and Peter Robinson. She passed away on May 5, 2020, at Donalson Hospice.

Shirley married Jimmy Parker Gulley in 1961 and the two shared 59 wonderful years of marriage. Shirley was the manager of the Highland Rim School cafeteria for 32 years where she treated each of the school children as her own while she showered them with love. She was a member of the Church of Christ at Howell. She enjoyed cooking and entertaining.

In addition to her husband, survivors include her sons, Paul (Christie) Gulley of Fayetteville and Jay Perry (Cindy) Gulley of Gulf Breeze, FL; daughter, Theresa “Terri” (Sean) Fuller of Tullahoma; grandchildren, Trevor (Renee) Gulley, Jonathan Gulley, Elizabeth Gulley (Matthew Questore), Chloe Fuller, Marylee Redmon (Cody) Newcomb, and Destiny Adams; great grandchildren, Parker and Tucker Newcomb; brother, John Robinson; sisters, Margaret DeGravio, Reta Dabralet, and Kathy Robinson. In addition to her parents, Shirley was preceded in death by her siblings, Mary Bates, Elsie Robinson, Anna D’Ambrasia, Peter “Mike” Robinson, Patricia Danadio, June Robinson, Doris Robinson, William Robinson, and Mally Parry.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic there will be no public gathering at this time. A private family service will be at Cedar Hills Memorial Gardens with Bro. Ley Jean officiating. The family invites you to share memories at higginsfh.com.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Riverside Christian Academy, 116 Riverside Lane, Fayetteville, TN 37334, or St. Jude, Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-9959.

Higgins Funeral Home is honored to be serving the family of Mrs. Shirley Anne Gulley.

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37 Comments

  1. Linda Gatlin

    Paul and family,
    I extend my heart felt sympathy to you in the loss of your dear mother. I surely know there is a lot of hurt in your heart. Losing a mother is a hard loss and somehow it seems the hurt never goes away. I send my love to you sweet friend and pray that God will give you comfort and peace.

    Reply
  2. William J Parry Jr.

    To the Gulley Family sorry to heard of your Mother’s passing she was deeply loved by all of her Brother’s and Sister’s and also the many nephew’s and niece’s as well we will keep her memories of her in ours heart of her forever. Cousin Bill

    Reply
  3. Sandie Twitty

    Paul and family , I am so sorry for your loss. Praying for your family

    Reply
  4. Van and Melissa Massey

    Jimmy, Paul, Perry, Terri and family,
    We are so sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers. She was a special lady.
    Love,
    Van and Melissa Massey

    Reply
  5. Ronnie and Eloise Hudgins

    Jimmy, Paul, Perry, Terri and family. So sorry to learn of Shirley’s passing. So many precious memories of our families while the children were growing up. Our prayers are with you all during this time. Our love to you all. The Lord will carry you thru this. Ronnie s snd Eloise Hudgins.

    Reply
  6. Gina Neece

    So many memories, good memories that I will cherish. She always called me Gina Bell or Gina Lou. Even though I had not seen her in some time, she would comment on my posts on Facebook. I sure will miss that. Love all of you and praying for you.

    Reply
  7. Melissa McCool

    Paul and Perry and family
    I am sorry for the loss of your mother. My thoughts and prayers will be with you.

    Reply
  8. Dean Slayton

    I have loved Shirley and this family for a lot of years. She has always been fun and loving. Always able to make me laugh. A gracious and beautiful lady with a smile and big heart. Our comfort is her love for God. Angels are rejoicing. She will be missed by many. Jimmy you and the children are in my prayers. Love you all.

    Reply
  9. Karen M Russ

    So sorry to hear about Shirley passing. She was a great Lady. Prayers for the family. Jeff and Karen Russ

    Reply
  10. susan hudson

    Jimmy, also Paul, Perry, and Terri,
    Shirley was a very special person and many of us have a lot of memories of shared good times. I can still hear her joyous laugh and see her great smile. She had such great energy and did so many wonderful things for so many people and could liven up any gathering. There are just too many good memories to remotely begin to tell them or pick a certain special one. I know her passing will leave a big hole in your lives, so just know that my thoughts are with you and my prayers include you.

    Reply
  11. JaNeen Vance

    Mr Gulley, the nurses LOVED eating all the goodies Mrs Gulley sent to the hospital.

    Reply
  12. JaNeen Vance

    Paul and Mr. Gulley, we love you and we loved Mrs Gulley too. We are praying for yall.
    Janeen and Jan

    Reply
  13. Tina Towry Osgood

    Paul, so sorry to hear about the passing of your sweet mother. Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family

    Reply
  14. Mary Milstead Clay

    My sympathies to the family and friends. Ms. Gulley was a very sweet part of my childhood. She will be missed by all of her Highland Rim students. We loved her as much as she loved us.

    Reply
  15. Terry Lewter

    I’m sadden to hear the passing of Mrs Gulley I had the pleasure of going to school with Paul, Perry and Terri! Mrs Gulley was a very sweet lady and I never forgotten her during my school years; to the family I’m so sorry and my deepest condolences! May God Bless this family during this difficult time! I know you all have fond memories of ur sweet mother! God Bless Y’all

    Reply
  16. Gwen Williams Foxx

    My condolences to you all. Truly remember your mom kindness and care for all the children when I was in school. Prayers for you all.

    Reply
  17. Norma Bolander, Andrew, and Katera

    Dear Jimmy and Family,
    You are all in my prayers during this very sad time as you are facing life without Shirley. She was always a good friend and so loved all the Highland Rim kids. Andrew and Katera join me in prayers for your comfort. May God bless you and your wonderful family!

    Reply
  18. Paula Posey

    Dear Jimmy and Family,
    We are saddened to hear about Shirley’s passing. She was a great lady and she will truly be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the family.

    Reply
  19. Keith and Stacy

    Paul, Perry, Theresa, Mr. Gulley and families, You are in our thoughts and prayers. Ms. Shirley was a sweet lady.

    Reply
  20. Melissa Vickery

    Mr. Jimmy and family,
    I am saddened to learn of the passing of Mrs. Shirley. She was a wonderful lady as well as an awesome cook. May God bless you during this difficult time and in the days that follow. We all know we will see her again some sweet day.

    Reply
  21. Lucy Williams

    My deepest sympathies to the family. Ms. Shirley was a wonderful lady.

    Reply
  22. Janice Harwell

    So very sorry for your loss. Shirley was such a sweet person and a good neighbor to my Sister. She was a sweetheart.

    Reply
  23. tracy endsley

    Perry,
    Sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. My sympathies to you and all the family.

    Reply
  24. Debbie & Jimmy Jacks

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time. Shirley was a very special lady and we always enjoyed being around her.

    Reply
  25. Brenda Thomas Wiser Diestelow

    Mr. Jimmy, Paul,Perry,Terri and families, I am so sorry to hear of Mrs. Shirley’s passing. She was a wonderful lady and I loved her dearly.

    Reply
  26. Rev. Tommy Howell

    Sorry to hear about Mrs. Shirley. my prayers and thoughts are with each of you

    Reply
  27. Tommy, Barbara Seals

    Paul, Christie and Family; We are so sorry for your loss. You and your family is in our thoughts and prayers.

    Reply
  28. Tommy and Barbara Seals

    Paul, Christie and family, so to hear of your mother’s passing. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.

    Reply
  29. Martha Wolf

    Dear Jimmy and family,
    I am so sad to hear about Shirley! She was a great lady. Please know that you and your family are in my prayers at this sad time.
    Love, Martha Wolf

    Reply
  30. Peggy Towry

    Jimmy and family. Sorry to learn about Shirley’s passing. Thoughts and prayers!

    Reply
  31. Lawanna

    Paul, I am so sorry for your loss. Your family is in my prayers!

    Reply
  32. Wyanne E King

    So very sorry. Mrs. Shirley was a very special lady and I always enjoyed talking with her when we were at Mimosa. Love and sympathy to you all.

    Reply
  33. Jimmy Steelman

    s0rry to hear about your mother, will be thinking about you and Christie, love

    Reply
  34. Christie Mitchell Atkins

    Paul – I’m very sorry to hear about your mom’s passing.

    Reply
  35. Wanda Shelton

    Dear Paul and Perry,
    I am so so sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. May God bless you during this time and throughout your lives. She was loved by her work family too!

    Reply
    • Jay (Perry) Gulley

      Ms. Tucker

      Thank you for the kind thoughts and prayers – Dad really appreciated them.

      Jay (Perry)

      Reply
  36. Allison Edwards Greene

    Dear family. I loved your mom. She was such a sweet lady. My sympathies to you all during this time.

    Reply

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37 Comments

  1. Linda Gatlin

    Paul and family,
    I extend my heart felt sympathy to you in the loss of your dear mother. I surely know there is a lot of hurt in your heart. Losing a mother is a hard loss and somehow it seems the hurt never goes away. I send my love to you sweet friend and pray that God will give you comfort and peace.

    Reply
  2. William J Parry Jr.

    To the Gulley Family sorry to heard of your Mother’s passing she was deeply loved by all of her Brother’s and Sister’s and also the many nephew’s and niece’s as well we will keep her memories of her in ours heart of her forever. Cousin Bill

    Reply
  3. Sandie Twitty

    Paul and family , I am so sorry for your loss. Praying for your family

    Reply
  4. Van and Melissa Massey

    Jimmy, Paul, Perry, Terri and family,
    We are so sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers. She was a special lady.
    Love,
    Van and Melissa Massey

    Reply
  5. Ronnie and Eloise Hudgins

    Jimmy, Paul, Perry, Terri and family. So sorry to learn of Shirley’s passing. So many precious memories of our families while the children were growing up. Our prayers are with you all during this time. Our love to you all. The Lord will carry you thru this. Ronnie s snd Eloise Hudgins.

    Reply
  6. Gina Neece

    So many memories, good memories that I will cherish. She always called me Gina Bell or Gina Lou. Even though I had not seen her in some time, she would comment on my posts on Facebook. I sure will miss that. Love all of you and praying for you.

    Reply
  7. Melissa McCool

    Paul and Perry and family
    I am sorry for the loss of your mother. My thoughts and prayers will be with you.

    Reply
  8. Dean Slayton

    I have loved Shirley and this family for a lot of years. She has always been fun and loving. Always able to make me laugh. A gracious and beautiful lady with a smile and big heart. Our comfort is her love for God. Angels are rejoicing. She will be missed by many. Jimmy you and the children are in my prayers. Love you all.

    Reply
  9. Karen M Russ

    So sorry to hear about Shirley passing. She was a great Lady. Prayers for the family. Jeff and Karen Russ

    Reply
  10. susan hudson

    Jimmy, also Paul, Perry, and Terri,
    Shirley was a very special person and many of us have a lot of memories of shared good times. I can still hear her joyous laugh and see her great smile. She had such great energy and did so many wonderful things for so many people and could liven up any gathering. There are just too many good memories to remotely begin to tell them or pick a certain special one. I know her passing will leave a big hole in your lives, so just know that my thoughts are with you and my prayers include you.

    Reply
  11. JaNeen Vance

    Mr Gulley, the nurses LOVED eating all the goodies Mrs Gulley sent to the hospital.

    Reply
  12. JaNeen Vance

    Paul and Mr. Gulley, we love you and we loved Mrs Gulley too. We are praying for yall.
    Janeen and Jan

    Reply
  13. Tina Towry Osgood

    Paul, so sorry to hear about the passing of your sweet mother. Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family

    Reply
  14. Mary Milstead Clay

    My sympathies to the family and friends. Ms. Gulley was a very sweet part of my childhood. She will be missed by all of her Highland Rim students. We loved her as much as she loved us.

    Reply
  15. Terry Lewter

    I’m sadden to hear the passing of Mrs Gulley I had the pleasure of going to school with Paul, Perry and Terri! Mrs Gulley was a very sweet lady and I never forgotten her during my school years; to the family I’m so sorry and my deepest condolences! May God Bless this family during this difficult time! I know you all have fond memories of ur sweet mother! God Bless Y’all

    Reply
  16. Gwen Williams Foxx

    My condolences to you all. Truly remember your mom kindness and care for all the children when I was in school. Prayers for you all.

    Reply
  17. Norma Bolander, Andrew, and Katera

    Dear Jimmy and Family,
    You are all in my prayers during this very sad time as you are facing life without Shirley. She was always a good friend and so loved all the Highland Rim kids. Andrew and Katera join me in prayers for your comfort. May God bless you and your wonderful family!

    Reply
  18. Paula Posey

    Dear Jimmy and Family,
    We are saddened to hear about Shirley’s passing. She was a great lady and she will truly be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the family.

    Reply
  19. Keith and Stacy

    Paul, Perry, Theresa, Mr. Gulley and families, You are in our thoughts and prayers. Ms. Shirley was a sweet lady.

    Reply
  20. Melissa Vickery

    Mr. Jimmy and family,
    I am saddened to learn of the passing of Mrs. Shirley. She was a wonderful lady as well as an awesome cook. May God bless you during this difficult time and in the days that follow. We all know we will see her again some sweet day.

    Reply
  21. Lucy Williams

    My deepest sympathies to the family. Ms. Shirley was a wonderful lady.

    Reply
  22. Janice Harwell

    So very sorry for your loss. Shirley was such a sweet person and a good neighbor to my Sister. She was a sweetheart.

    Reply
  23. tracy endsley

    Perry,
    Sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. My sympathies to you and all the family.

    Reply
  24. Debbie & Jimmy Jacks

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time. Shirley was a very special lady and we always enjoyed being around her.

    Reply
  25. Brenda Thomas Wiser Diestelow

    Mr. Jimmy, Paul,Perry,Terri and families, I am so sorry to hear of Mrs. Shirley’s passing. She was a wonderful lady and I loved her dearly.

    Reply
  26. Rev. Tommy Howell

    Sorry to hear about Mrs. Shirley. my prayers and thoughts are with each of you

    Reply
  27. Tommy, Barbara Seals

    Paul, Christie and Family; We are so sorry for your loss. You and your family is in our thoughts and prayers.

    Reply
  28. Tommy and Barbara Seals

    Paul, Christie and family, so to hear of your mother’s passing. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.

    Reply
  29. Martha Wolf

    Dear Jimmy and family,
    I am so sad to hear about Shirley! She was a great lady. Please know that you and your family are in my prayers at this sad time.
    Love, Martha Wolf

    Reply
  30. Peggy Towry

    Jimmy and family. Sorry to learn about Shirley’s passing. Thoughts and prayers!

    Reply
  31. Lawanna

    Paul, I am so sorry for your loss. Your family is in my prayers!

    Reply
  32. Wyanne E King

    So very sorry. Mrs. Shirley was a very special lady and I always enjoyed talking with her when we were at Mimosa. Love and sympathy to you all.

    Reply
  33. Jimmy Steelman

    s0rry to hear about your mother, will be thinking about you and Christie, love

    Reply
  34. Christie Mitchell Atkins

    Paul – I’m very sorry to hear about your mom’s passing.

    Reply
  35. Wanda Shelton

    Dear Paul and Perry,
    I am so so sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. May God bless you during this time and throughout your lives. She was loved by her work family too!

    Reply
    • Jay (Perry) Gulley

      Ms. Tucker

      Thank you for the kind thoughts and prayers – Dad really appreciated them.

      Jay (Perry)

      Reply
  36. Allison Edwards Greene

    Dear family. I loved your mom. She was such a sweet lady. My sympathies to you all during this time.

    Reply

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