Shirley Temple Jolly Fox, 84, of Taylorsville, went to her eternal home on Tuesday, September 4, 2018 at her residence, surrounded by her family, to forever be with her Lord and Savior.
She was born on May 5, 1934, in Alexander County, the daughter of the late Hartsell L. and Lona Bell Jolly. During her career, Shirley worked for Carolina Glove and the Alexander County School System at Hiddenite Elementary and Alexander Central High School.
She alongside her husband, Rev. Ruel Fox, served in the ministry for 43 years at Yadkin and Fairview Baptist Churches. After her husband retired from the ministry, they went back home to Millersville Baptist Church where their walk with Christ began.
She loved spending time with her family and church family. Shirley had a special love for everyone, especially her husband, and considered it a privilege and honor to be a pastor’s wife. She also enjoyed working with flowers, decorating, and shopping with her children. Shirley was a special jewel that will be greatly missed but forever be in our hearts.
Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by her siblings, infant sister Louann Jolly and Joan Robinette; half-brothers and sister, Dane, Zane, Steve and Gary Isenhour; along with two infants, Phil and Joy Isenhour.
Those remaining to cherish her memory include the love of her life for 64 years, Rev. Ruel Fox, Sr. of the home; daughter, Ruelene Deal and husband Hal of Moravian Falls; sons, Rev. Jamie Fox and wife Kim of Statesville, and Todd Fox and wife Lisa of Taylorsville; grandchildren, April Sigmon and husband Darian, Justin Deal and wife Carla, Hayley Pennell and Jason Absher, Jamison Presnell and husband Jon, Rev. Jayson Fox and wife Brandy, Jakin Fox and wife Whitney, Kayla Barr and husband Rev. Durant Barr, and Lauren Mull and husband Seth; great-grandchildren, Madison and Seth Sigmon, Justin Teague and wife Terri, Jason Teague, Jaycey Deal, Kenley and Kreed Pennell, Evan, Averie and Ruby Grace Presnell, Saylem Fox, James Ruel Fox, III, and Reid Fox, Paxton and Palmer Fox, and Ila Kate Barr; sister, Jelene Fox; half-sisters, Mazelle Bowman, Thresa Setzer, and Melba Carrigan, all of Taylorsville; along with a host of nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends on Thursday, September 6, 2018 beginning at 5:00 p.m. at Millersville Baptist Church. The funeral service will be held on Friday, September 7, 2018, at 4:00 p.m., at Millersville Baptist Church with Rev. Bill Orren, Rev. Rick Safriet, and Rev. Steve Dagenhart officiating. The body will lie-in-state 30 minutes prior to the service. Burial will follow at Fairview Baptist Church Cemetery.
In addition to flowers, memorials may be sent to Hospice of Alexander at 50 Lucy Echerd Lane, Taylorsville, NC 28681; Millersville Christian Academy at 130 Millersville Church Rd, Taylorsville, NC 28681; or to Gideons International at PO Box 517, Taylorsville, NC 28681.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Alexander Funeral and Cremation Service.
Condolences may be sent to www.alexfuneralservice.com.