David Lee Shirlin

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David Lee Shirlin, Sr., passed away quietly and peacefully at the John F. Keever Hospice Solace Center of Asheville surrounded by his loving family on January 28th, 2015. He was born February 7th, 1935 in Asheville. David was a 1954 Graduate of Lee H. Edwards High School and was a football standout. David was a veteran of the U.S. Army and was proud of serving his country. He was employed by Daniels Graphics for 38 years and he cherished the friendships formed during those years, with many still in place at the time of his passing. David coached baseball for eight years in the Erwin Youth League making a positive impact on the lives of many youth. He was a devoted father and grandfather and was always there for the family. David was preceded in death by his parents, Elizabeth Duncan Shirlin and William Harold Shirlin. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Linda Davis Shirlin of the home; his daughter, Kimberly Shirlin of Hendersonville; his son, David Shirlin Jr. and his wife Karen, also of Hendersonville; his sister, Mabel Shirlin Fletcher and her husband Tommy; his sister, Susan Shirlin Wallace and her husband Robert; and his brother, William "Billy" Shirlin and wife Kathy of Alexander. He is also survived by granddaughters, Kate Angel Cox, Lauren Reed, Rachel Reed, Emma Shirlin; and his grandsons, Kyle Shirlin and Trey Shirlin; as well as great grandchildren, Jordan Cox and Lilly Morrow. Special thanks to his pastor, Dr. Ronnie Owen for being there for David during his battle with cancer as well as to his special friends, Don and Phyllis Davis, Rev. Larry Sprinkle and his wife, Sandy, Rick Woody, Ron and Judy Rigsby, Thomas Cox and the countless others. A memorial service officiated by Dr. Ronnie Owen is planned at Mt. Carmel Baptist Church on Saturday, January 31st. The family will receive friends and family at 3:00 p.m. with the service following at 4:00 p.m. Groce Funeral Home on Patton Ave. is assisting the family.

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  1. This man was more than my Grandfather. He was my rock and support through the years. He is missed more than words can explain and I love him more than anything. I know he is happy and healthy watching us from heaven.

  2. With deepest sympathies and prayers for the family. We share in your loss, Hazel Sparks Penland family.

  3. I am sorry for your loss. He was a great friend and asset to the world . He blessed the earth with his presence and touched so many lives. He will always be remembered with his smile and the love that surrounded him.

  4. Dave Shirlin and I worked together for many years at Daniels Graphics. I was young when I joined the Daniels Sales Team and Dave was tough on me – many times – for making promises that he had to keep. I grew to love and respect him as a leader in our company and a friend. We have missed Dave at Daniels over the years since his retirement and I am sad to hear of his passing. My prayers are with the family during this time of loss – I know he will always be remembered fondly by all.

  5. David was a Godly man and a positive influence on everyone that knew him. He will be missed. Our prayers are with the family during this time of loss.

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