Shirley Fairbanks

Shirley A. Allen West Fairbanks, 71, departed this life on Saturday, April 19, 2014. She was born on March, 10, 1943 to the late Henrietta Douglas and Percy Allen Jr. After the death of her mother, she was raised by her aunt, the late Ruby (Paul) Dorsey. Shirley was a member of Greater Friendship M.B. Church where she served on the Trustee Board as secretary, a member of the Senior Choir and served on the kitchen committee for several years. Shirley retired from the Chattanooga Human Services Department as a social worker after 19 years of service. She was also employed with the Chattanooga School system as a substitute teacher, Rubys Drive Inn as a cook and server and Girls Preparatory School. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by husbands, Lee Andrew West and Price Fairbanks; sisters, Willie Ruth Douglas, Marion Douglas, Sandra Powell; brothers, Jerry Allen, Percy Allen III and Sonny Ashley. She leaves to cherish her sweet and loving memories a daughter, Drusilla Cameron; sons, Richard (Melvina) West and Stephen (Yvonna) West; six sisters, Loretta Nash, Barbara Allen, Brenda (Herbert) Dallas, Linda Bonner, Paula Leath, all of Chattanooga and Joyce McClain, of Detroit, Mich.; seven brothers, Percy Stoudemire, Charles Stoudemire, Calvin (Patricia) Stoudemire, Raulston Allen, Carlton (Delores) Allen, Maynard Beck, all of Chattanooga and Harold (Mary) Phillips, of Decatur, Ga.; sisters-in-law, May Lizzie Allen and Irene Allen; stepmother, Bertha Stoudemire; stepchildren, Marsha (James) Hayes, Sandra Fairbanks and David Fairbanks; uncle, Jimmie (Linda) Allen; aunt, Willena Samples, of Nashville; nine grandchildren, Terrill (Loretta) Appleberry, Cornelius and Jermaine Norman, Keyia and Gabrielle West, Donovan and DToria West, Kanara and DeAnna West; eight great-grandchildren, Tatyanna, Emmanuel, DeAsia, Timothy, Tamya, Jermaine, Ava and Mya; godmother, Carrie Harden; devoted relatives, Alice (Richard) Goins, Gloria (Lee) Lacy, Norma Williams, Alpha "Sudie" Collier, Betty (Gale) Chambers, Dorothy Sanders, Mildred (Robert) Freeman and Joselean Ingram; very special friends, Brenda Lowe, Bernice Franklin; many other cousins, relatives and friends. Service will be 1 p.m. Sunday at Greater Friendship M.B. Church, the Rev. Jimmy Ingram officiating. Interment: Forest Hills Cemetery. The body will lie in state after noon today and the family will receive friends from 67 p.m. at John P. Franklin Funeral Home, 1101 Dodds Ave., 622-9995.

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