Shirley Gibbs Vignetti

shirley vignetti

March 6, 1923 ~ March 2, 2020

Born in: Leicester, NC
Resided in: Greenville, NC

Shirley Gibbs Vignetti, 96, of Greenville, NC, passed away peacefully on Monday, March 2, 2020. Shirley had been a resident of the Fountains of Albemarle in Tarboro for the past three years.

A native of Leicester, NC, Shirley was born at home on March 6, 1923. She was the youngest of three daughters of the late Thomas Carl Gibbs and Ollie Martin Gibbs. She was also preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, Col. John L. Vignetti, her son, Mark Gibbs Vignetti, and great grandchild, Bailey Collier Lasecki.

Surviving are her daughters, Karen Collier (William) of Greenville, NC, and Lynn McQuay (Mike) of Hilton Head, SC; sons, John Carl Vignetti (Linda) of Peachtree City, GA and Bruce Martin Vignetti of Orlando, FLA; grandchildren, Katherine Collier Lasecki, Laura Collier Willis (Ryan), Jake Thomas (Liz), and Ryan Vignetti; and great-grandchildren, John, Bella and Will Lasecki, and Addison and Jack Fratino-Thomas. Shirley is also survived by a sister, Helen Gibbs Higdon, of Alabama.

Shirley attended Biltmore High School and earned a double major in Business and Music Education from Western Carolina University. After graduation, she moved to Washington DC where she worked as a cryptographer to help break the Japanese Code during WW II and later with US News and World Report. While working in D.C., Shirley met and married John Vignetti, a returning WW II pilot, and they began a marriage that spanned 50 years until John passed away in 1997.

Shirley and John raised five children and traveled extensively during his 30-year military career. Shirley was deeply religious, a devoted parent, and a supportive military wife, often teaching school, and quickly joining the local Baptist church wherever they were stationed.

John eventually retired and the family moved to Orlando, FL, where Shirley particularly enjoyed bridge, bowling, and bingo. Shirley was outgoing, loved children and music, and will be remembered for often entertaining the family by playing the piano.

Funeral services for Mrs. Vignetti will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 7, at Turkey Creek Baptist Church in Leicester, NC, with Rev. Ray Hipps officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery.

The family will receive friends 30 minutes prior to the service, starting at 1:30 p.m.

Donations may be made to Turkey Creek Baptist Church, 2206 Bear Creek Rd., Leicester, NC 28748.

Groce Funeral Home on Patton Avenue is assisting the family.


Visitation: March 7, 2020 1:30 pm

Turkey Creek Baptist Church
Bear Creek Road
Leicester, NC 28748


Funeral Service: March 7, 2020 2:00 pm

Turkey Creek Baptist Church
Bear Creek Road
Leicester, NC 28748


Burial: March 7, 2020 2:45 pm

Turkey Creek Baptist Church Cemetery
Bear Creek Road
Leicester, NC 28748


Funeral Home Assisting The Family:

Groce Funeral Home - Patton Ave.
1401 Patton Ave.
Asheville, NC 28806


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