Robert "Bob" Morton Shirley

February 19, 1948 - April 28, 2022

Robert “Bob” Morton Shirley of Tyler, Texas passed away April 28, 2022 at the age of 74.  He was born on February 19, 1948 to LTCR Jack M. Shirley and Versie Virginia (Cassetty) Shirley in Los Angeles, California.

Bob spent his childhood years in California, Hawaii and McKinney, Texas.  He was a 1966 graduate of McKinney High School.  Bob attended East Texas State University and was a member of Pi Kappa Phi, serving as secretary, then moved and graduated from Florida State University.  He worked for the Florida Department of Environmental Water Quality, then the Texas Department of Environmental Water Quality until his retirement. 

Bob had a lifelong love and appreciation for the earth and nature, spending time hiking, canoeing, camping and gathering with friends in Colorado.  His favorite events were Sebring Car racing and college football.  A man of open-hearted generosity, Bob faithfully supported veteran and police charities as well as organizations for those in need.  He also had a special interest in the National Forest and Wildlife Preservation.

Bob is survived by his nephew, Brent N. Shirley and wife, Erin; great-nephew, Lucas Jack; and sister-in-law, Nan Shirley.  He will be greatly missed by them and his many longtime friends.  A close neighbor of his said fondly that “He was the definition of a good neighbor”.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents and elder brother, Jack W. Shirley.

A memorial service will be held at Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow in early June. Details to be updated shortly.

Memorial contributions may be made in Bob’s honor to the Arbor Day Foundation or The Wounded Warrior Project.

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He has always been in my thoughts. Alway kind and giving. I made sugar cookies always for him. He was a true friend. You will be missed by many, I’m sure.
Vicki Curtis Waits, May 16, 2022 I have lost a wonderful friend. Bob has always been so thoughtful, kind, and generous to me, and my family. He will be missed so much, my prayers are with his family.
Janice Russell, May 12, 2022 Bob was a great guy, good friend and wonderful classmate. The good die young. Take it easy, brother. Ronnie D Foster, May 12, 2022