Alberta Joan Shirk, 74, of Hixson, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014, at a local health care facility. Joan was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. Joan was always there to help out her friends and family any time. She was the caregiver to her mother and brother-in-law. She enjoyed arts and crafts for many years. She was retired from the state of Tennessee as the inspector of Beauty and Barber Shops. She was a devout Christian and a member for many years at Delashmitt Road Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert M. Shirk; her parents, Lillian Francisco and John Bullock; sisters, Margie Shirk and Wanda Rochester; brother, Lindsey Bullock; and one infant brother. She is survived by her sons, Michael Doche and Steve (Susan) Shirk; three grandchildren, Samantha (Ryan) Hart, Alex Shirk and Ashley (Ryan) Combest; one great-grandson, Connor Hart; and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014, in the Advantage Chapel with Rev. Donald Ferguson officiating. Burial will follow in Chattanooga National Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be held from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. today and Wednesday from 10:30 a.m. until service time at the funeral home. Family would like to thank Life Care of Hixson for all their support and care. Arrangements have been entrusted to Advantage Funeral Cremation Services Franklin-Strickland-Pinkard-Bryan-Smith Funeral Directors 1724 McCallie Ave., 423-265-4414.