Shirley Walls


Shirley J. Walls, 90, of Columbus, went to be with her Lord and Savior Saturday, October 1, 2016, at her home.

Shirley was born April 26, 1926, in Watseka, Illinois, the daughter of Carl Louis and Rowena Alice Moore Knott. She married George E. Walls Sr. on February 13, 1947.

Shirley was a member of Bible Church of Columbus. She enjoyed playing piano, travelling, bowling, and dancing. She loved listening to gospel music and attending concerts, and sang all throughout her life in many groups, including the Silver Tones, East Columbus United Methodist Church Choir, as well as Sweet Adelines. Shirley was co-owner of Walls’ Harley Davidson with her husband. She was employed as a senior nurse’s aid with Columbus Regional Hospital for over 14 years, and was a caregiver with Developmental Services for three years. She volunteered with Love Chapel, Willow Crossing, Miller’s Merry Manor and Hickory Creek at Columbus. Shirley loved life, riding her motorcycle, and loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.

The funeral will be at 11a.m. Wednesday, October 5, 2016, at Bible Church of Columbus, located at 3010 10th St., with the Rev. Dave Marvin officiating. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, October 4, 2016, at the Jewell-Rittman Family Funeral Home and one hour prior to the service Wednesday at the church. Burial will be at Garland Brook Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the Bible Church of Columbus.

Survivors include her children, Sue A. Walls of Columbus, Greg E. (Trishia) Walls of Seymour, Jayne E. (Jim) Frakes of Columbus and Jeffrey L. (Sandy) Walls of Greensburg; 11 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; a brother, Donald C. (Vee) Knott of Hattiesburg, Mississippi; and a sister, Janet D. Walls of Columbus.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, George on February 1, 1981; a son, George Walls Jr.; a brother, Charles L. Knott; and a sister, Sharon E. Cox.

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