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Celebrating the life of

Shirley Cowart Kelley

April 13, 1935 - April 29, 2022

Shirley Cowart Kelley

Shirley Cowart Kelley, of Savannah, GA, passed away peacefully at home with family by her side, under the care of Hospice of Savannah on April 29, 2022. Shirley was born on April 16, 1935 in Savannah, Ga, the daughter of Pearson Cowart and Marion Sharpley Cowart. She was raised in Savannah, GA. She graduated from Savannah High School and Armstrong.  

Shirley became a dedicated wife and exemplary mother.  She worked for New York Life for 35 years.  She loved to dance and was active in the Savannah Shag Club. She was a dedicated Happy Geechee, an avid boater and crabber, and loved her Georgia Bulldogs.

Shirley was predeceased by her beloved husband, Frank Kelley of Savannah, GA; her parents Pearson and Marion Cowart; her sister, Louise Whitfield and her faithful dog, Koda.

She is survived by her daughter, Sandra “Sandy” Leigh Kelley of Savannah, GA; her son, Frank Seaborn Kelley of Savannah, GA; her brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Glover and Beverly Brasfield of Gainsville, FL; her cousin, Ann Sharpley Armstrong and nieces, nephews, cousins and loving extended family and friends.

Visitation will be held at Fox & Weeks, Hodgson Memorial Chapel, on Wednesday, May 4th from 5-7p.m. Burial service at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, May 5th, 2022 at Forest Lawn Cemetery, 315 Greenwich Road, Savannah, Georgia 31404. 

In lieu of flowers or remembrances, please send donations to the Humane Society for Greater Savannah 7215 Sallie Mood Dr, Savannah, GA 31405 or the charity of your choice.



My condolences to the family. I enjoyed working with Shirley at NYL and also enjoyed seeing her at the Shag Club. She was a great lady we respected and loved. The world was a better place with Shirley.

- Rusty Holt, Savannah, GA

Condolences to the family. David B Harn

- david b harn, Savannah, GA

A candle has been lit!

Sandy so sorry for your lost your mom is at peace. May God give you and your family comfort.

- Elaine Burroughs, Savannah, Georgia

I loved Mrs. Shirley she was the kindest and most thoughtful person you could ever meet. When I would come to visit Sandy, Mrs. Shirley always greeted me as if I was one of the family and that love continued for more than 40 years. She always looked youthful! I couldn't believe she was 82 when I visited her at the hospital years back her never grayed. I will miss her and love her always!

- Ivy Evans Bucsa, Fairfax , Virginia

Seaborn, I didn’t see this until today and am saddened that your Mother passed away. She was a great lady. My thought and prayers are with you. Corny

- Corny Beatty, Savannah, GA

Services under the direction of:

Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel