A very selfless woman, she lived her life for the Lord. Loved by so many, she left a lasting impression on all that she met. She was born in Blacksburg on Feb. 18, 1938, to the late Evans and Ella Linkous. She was the youngest of four children. Shirley was married to the love of her life for 53 years and had five children. She was preceded in death by her infant daughter, Penny; her husband, Windell Wade Linkous; and a sister Betty Jo Dowdy.
She is survived by her sons and daughters-in-law: Donnie and Belle Linkous, Danny and Patricia Linkous, and David and Tammie Linkous; a daughter and son-in-law, Drema and Chris Gibson; grandchildren Xyline Browne (Ric), Donnie Linkous, Jr. (Michelle), Tabatha Porter (Rick), Darrell Waugh, Jr., Dylan Price, Brittany Linkous, J.D. Linkous (Morgan), Ashley Linkous, Wayne Linkous (Sabrina); Tori, Nathan, Brooke, and Logan Slate, and Hunter Lang; a sister, Marie Woolwine; a brother, Basil Linkous; and numerous great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Shirley will be most remembered for her love of the Lord our father.
A funeral service was held on Friday, Oct. 8, 2021, in the McCoy Funeral Home chapel with the Rev. Buford Linkous officiating. Interment followed at Roselawn Memorial Gardens, Christiansburg. The family received friends prior to the service at McCoy Funeral Home, Blacksburg.