Mrs. Shirley J. Dillard, 87, was called home on her birthday March 26, 2022 in Jacksonville, FL. She was born in Jacksonville on March 26, 1935 to the late Mrs. Carrie Graves and Mr. Jennings.
She graduated from Tuskegee Institute. After moving to Pittsfield, she received her Master’s Degrees in Social Work and Dietary science. Mrs. Shirley worked at Mass General Hospital, Berkshire Hospital of Pittsfield, and retired from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. As a child, she attended Bethel Missionary Baptist Church.
Mrs. Shirley was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, David Dillard; grandparents, Clifford and Laura Kierce; uncle, LeTroy Kierce; aunts, Claudia Padgett and Elizabeth Young and nephew, Helsher Graves.
Mrs. Shirley is survived by her brother, Clifford Graves (Kineko); sister, Cynthia Johnson (Albert, Sr.); nephews, Albert Johnson Jr., Christopher Graves , Sr.(Michelle), and Edwin Graves, Sr. (Tiffany); nieces, Dr. Kelli Johnson, Erin Johnson, Bretta Byers (Antonio), and Monica Graves; cousin, Gary Padgett, Sr. (Geneva); six grandnephews; six grandnieces; two great-grandnephews, and one great-grandniece.
A funeral service will be held Saturday, April 2, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. at Aaron and Burney Bivens Funeral Home, 529 Kingsley Avenue, Orange Park, FL 32073.
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