Charlie passed away in his home in Wickenburg, on Jan. 10, 2019. He was born in Scott County, Ky., on Dec. 5, 1932, the first of two sons to Roy Delmer Shirley and Vivian (Bonnie) Esther Jones Shirley.
At the age of 5, Charlie and family moved to Oregon and the family traveled the West Coast till age 13. Just after WWII they returned to Kentucky where he finished high school.
Charlie enjoyed his five years in the Navy with duty in both the seventh and sixth fleet, including an 18-month tour in Guam and various assignments in the Far East, a prestigious cruise around South America where he was converted from a “pollywog” to a “shellback” as USS Franklin D. Roosevelt (CVA-42) crossed the Equator and rounded South America to join the sixth fleet in the Atlantic for a tour to Europe and around the Caribbean Sea.
Civilian life started with a six-year look at Kansas City after which Charlie came to Arizona and worked for Motorola for 29.5 years as an electronic tech and an equipment engineer. While there he met and married Martila Inez Makula and truly enjoyed a very happy life with her. This happiness was complimented by two daughters, two sons-in-law and three granddaughters.
Charlie and Martila retired to Wickenburg in 1996 and enjoyed busy lives of Appalachian music, projects, lots of travels and his very dear family and friends.
He is survived by his wife, Martila Inez (Makula) Shirley; daughter Isabel Maria Hochhaus (Martin Dean); granddaughters Natalie Inez, Erika Marie of Tempe; daughter Sonja Natalie Bochart (Bradley David); granddaughter Lyla Inez also of Tempe; daughter Robin Holmes of Camden, Mo.; Previous marriage; daughter Shelley Jet of Linn Creek, Mo.; Previous marriage; brother William Joe Shirley and wife Elouise of Cantonment, Fla.
He is preceded in death by his parents Roy and Vivian (Jones) Shirley and son Scott E. Shirley.
Charlie was a member of The Masonic Lodge 33 of Blue Springs Mo. and affiliated in Lodge 31 of Peoria.
Services will be held on Feb. 4, at 11 a.m. at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona, at 23029 N. Cave Creek Rd., Phoenix. In lieu of flowers, consider a donation to your favorite charity.
Friends may offer online condolences at www.wickenburgfuneralhome.com. Arrangements under the direction of Wickenburg Funeral Home & Crematory.