Shirley Bennett Pressley
A Godly Woman
Canton- During the quiet peaceful evening hours of Sunday, April 7, 2019, a beloved lady that shall never be forgotten, Shirley Ann Bennett Pressley, age 81, was carried home by the angels.
Mrs. Pressley was born September 13, 1937 in Jackson County, to the late Rev. Lloyd Bennett and the late Hurble Holland Bennett. Shirley was blessed to grow up in a Christian and loving home and the wonderful memories that she shared growing up with her with brothers and sisters are treasured moments that they each hold close to their hearts. She had resided in South Carolina during her younger years and had later made her home in Haywood County most of her adult life. Everyone that had the opportunity of knowing Mrs. Pressley loved her dearly. Her heart was filled with immeasurable pride and joy for all of her children and grandchildren and it always seemed that Shirley looked to find the best in everyone. She was a devoted homemaker and she enjoyed spending time working in her lawn, often mowing her grass, gardening and tending to her beautiful flowers. Her untiring work ethic was indeed an example to everyone. Shirley Bennett Pressley, was a lady full of grace, a lady who loved her Lord and Saviour and a lady that touched all of us with her kindness, her caring spirit, and her beautiful smile.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her loving husband, Billy Pressley who passed away in 2011 and an infant sister, Darcie May Bennett.
Surviving are her children, Kathy Pressley (Stan) of Canton, Betty Moore (Johnny) of Lexington, SC ; Phyllis Burchfield (Steve) of Canton and Billy Ray Pressley (Lisa) of Canton; grandchildren, Amber Reece-Young (Chris), Matthew Moore ( Kim), Molly Reece , Zach Moore (Jeannie), Stephanie Webb (Dustin), Holly Kinsland (Luke) and Emily Pressley; nine great-grandchildren ; sisters, Brenda Lanning (Ronnie) and Diana Bennett; brothers, Kenneth Bennett (Jean), Winfred Bennett (Carolyn), Winston “H.A.” Bennett (Barbara), Ronnie Bennett (Shirley) and Ross Bennett (Johnnie) and many nieces and nephews.
A celebration of life service to honor Mrs. Pressley will be held at 3:00 pm Wednesday, April 10, 2019 at Crawford / Ray Funeral Home and Cremation Service. Rev. Dr. Roy Kilby and Rev. Winfred Bennett will be officiating. The family will be receiving friends at the funeral home from 1:00 until 3:00 pm prior to the funeral service. Interment will be in Center Pigeon Cemetery. At other times the family will be at the home of her son, Billy Ray Pressley.
Memorials may be made to The Hope Chest for Women, Breast Cancer Awareness, PO Box 5294, Asheville, NC 28813.
Crawford / Ray Funeral Home is honored to be caring for the Pressley family.