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Shirley C. McKneely
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Obituary for Shirley C. McKneely

Durham: Shirley C. McKneely, 85, died Tuesday, June 20, 2017, at Hock Family Pavilion. She was born in Durham, the daughter of the late Clyde Fleming Crain and Nellie Crain.

Mrs. McKneely is survived by her daughter, Melisa Bryant; son, Michael Thomas McKneely; and grandchildren, Morgan Anderson Lee, Currie Nelson Bryant, Caroline Haynes Bryant, Travis Jones and Tyler Jones, and numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.

Mrs. McKneely was a beloved mother, grandmother, mentor and friend. She was a brilliant and creative business woman. She received many awards including the Peggy Mann Award for Women in Communications. She was a partner with Carmichael & Company, Carmichael, McKneely, Dusenbury and Alban, and owner of McKneely Communications. Over the years, she mentored numerous women in the advertising, marketing and public relations industries. Mrs. McKneely resided in Durham, North Carolina for 77 years and in Holden Beach, North Carolina for 8 years. She will be missed by all who knew her and loved her.

A graveside service will be held 1 p.m., Wednesday, June 28 at Woodlawn Memorial Park with Danny Green officiating. The family will receive friends prior to the service from 11 to 12:30 p.m. at Clements Funeral Home in Durham. Following the service family will receive friends at the McKneely Family Home, 4009 West Cornwallis Road, Durham, NC 27705.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Hock Family Pavilion, 4321 Medical Park Dr, Ste 101, Durham, NC 27704.

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11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Clements Funeral Home

1105 Broad St.
Durham, NC 27705

Graveside Service




1:00 PM
Woodlawn Memorial Park

2107 Liberty St.
Durham, NC 27703

Cemetery Details


Woodlawn Memorial Park

2107 Liberty St.
Durham, NC 27703

Memorial Contribution

Hock Family Pavilion

4321 Medical Park Drive Suite 101 Durham, NC 27704

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