December 17, 1939 ~ March 7, 2021

Born in: Yancey County, NC
Resided in: Mills River, NC

Shirlie Williams Ford, 81, of Mills River, passed from this earth on Sunday, March 7, 2021, at Accordius of Hendersonville.

A native of Yancey Co., Shirlie was a daughter of the late Hoy and Myrtle Fender Williams. She was preceded in death by her husband of 53 years, James “Jim” Stephenson Ford, and by her sister, Effie Williams Isaacs.

Shirlie retired from the Buncombe County Tax Department in 2000, and was a member of the Boiling Springs Baptist Church. A long-standing member of the Land of Sky Doll Club and the Mountain Memories Doll Club, she enjoyed collecting and creating porcelain dolls. A member of the Brookwood Ladies Golf Club, Shirlie was an avid golfer with many tournament wins under her belt and eight holes in one. She enjoyed music, cooking for the folks she loved, working in her yard, and caring for her many pets over the years. She was always ready with a helping hand and heart for anyone in need. She was an incredibly strong woman; in work, in faith, and in love. Her family remembers her with the utmost affection.

Shirlie is survived by her daughter, Terresa C. Stone; son, James R. Ford and his wife, Karen; granddaughter, Hannah Stone, as well as numerous nieces and nephews, and many friends.

Due to Covid concerns, no services are planned at this time but will be announced when it is safe to do so.


Funeral Home Assisting The Family:

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


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  1. Terri & Jimmy: My love and thoughts are with you during this time. Shirley was a dear friend to me for many years.

  2. I can not say how sorry we were to hear about Shirlie. She was a very nice sweet person. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Love cousin Dwight

  3. Shirlie was my friend. She invested much time in my life which I will never forget. I am looking forward to a heavenly reunion with her. She loved her family and was thrilled when her granddaughter was born. I was blessed to worked with her for 13 years. She always gave 110% to anything she did. She loved to play golf– I remember that she had 7, Holes in One, certificates on her wall. I am sorry for your loss. You all are in my prayers.


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