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Shirley Ferrell Rigsbee

March 16, 1937 June 6, 2018
Shirley Ferrell Rigsbee
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Obituary for Shirley Ferrell Rigsbee

HURDLE MILLS: Shirley Ferrell Rigsbee, 81, was called home to be with her Lord and Savior at Person Memorial Hospital on Wednesday, June 6, 2018. Shirley was born in Durham County on March 16, 1937 to the late Eustis Ferrell and Elsie Langley Ferrell. She was a graduate of Lowes Grove High School and the NC Early Childhood Program at UNC. She was retired from Nortel and Pearsontown Elementary School as a Certified Teacher’s Assistant. She was a member of Walnut Grove United Methodist Church and Broad Creek United Methodist Church where she attended while living in New Port, NC for 12 years. Shirley was best known for her card ministry to the sick, those who were grieving and shut-ins that she did not personally know. Shirley was predeceased by her parents, her husband and father of her children, Orus Lee Freeman.

She is survived by her husband of 27 years, Tony L. Rigsbee, Sr.; son, Michael Freeman (Ruth), Craig Freeman (Mary); daughter, Robin Spell (Gary); grandchildren, Katie Hambrick (Matt), Lauren Spell, Matt Freeman (Sara), Sara Cobb (Steven), Andrew Freeman (Julie), Megan Freeman, Kate Freeman; great grandchildren, Sullivan Frazier Hambrick, Cannon James Cobb; brothers, Larry Ferrell (Jenny) of Charleston, SC, Gary Ferrell (Tina) of Durham; sister, Glenda McDuffie of Greer, SC; step-children, Larry Rigsbee (Nychole), Cathy Rigsbee and partner (Donna); and step grandchildren, Karsyn Rigsbee and Nick Cheek.

Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m., Friday, June 8 at Clements Funeral Home in Durham. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, June 9 at Clements Funeral Chapel with Rev. Preston Hunter and Chaplin Phil Wiggins presiding. Burial will follow at Maplewood Cemetery.

Flowers are acceptable or memorial donations can be made to Amedysis Hospice, 3320 US 1 Highway Suite B, Franklinton, NC 27525.

The family is being assisted by Clements Funeral and Cremation Services, Inc. in Durham. Online condolences may be made at

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6:00 PM 6/8/2018 6:00:00 PM - 8:00 PM 6/8/2018 8:00:00 PM
Clements Funeral Home

1105 Broad St.
Durham, NC 27705

Clements Funeral Home
1105 Broad St. Durham 27705 NC
United States

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11:00 AM 6/9/2018 11:00:00 AM
Clements Funeral Chapel in Durham

1105 Broad Street
Durham, NC 27705

Clements Funeral Chapel in Durham
1105 Broad Street Durham 27705 NC
United States

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Maplewood Cemetery Final Resting Place

1621 Duke University Road
Durham, NC 27701

1621 Duke University Road Durham 27701 NC
United States

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