Mrs. Shirley Elizabeth Halyard Statton, age 72, of Rome, passed away on Monday, February 26, 2024, at her residence.           

Mrs. Statton was born in Brooklyn, New York on March 20, 1951, daughter of the late Aaron Jack Halyard and the late Mary Elizabeth Kinsey Halyard. Shirley graduated from Hofstra University in 1973 with a Bachelor of Art in Sociology.

Shirley was a proud Army wife and traveled throughout the United States and to Germany twice supporting her husband Harold’s military career.

In 1986, after moving to Manhattan, Kansas, Shirley started working at Irwin Army Community Hospital as a cost accountant.  She retired from Irwin Army Hospital after 30 years of service.  Shirley then worked another seven years at Manhattan High School providing administrative support to the athletic department.  

Moving to Rome, GA in 2017, she became a member of New Hope Baptist Church, NAACP, National Association of Retired Federal Employees, and the American Legion Woman’s Auxiliary.

Survivors include four children, Utamu Lackey (Kenneth), Takama Statton-Brooks (Roger, Jr.), Sukari Statton-Bill (Peter), and Amani Statton-Wood (Patrick); a sister, Veronica Chestnut (Marion); 10 grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, and other relatives.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Harold David Statton, by a sister, Ida (Linda) Nottingham, and by a brother, Aaron Halyard.         

The family will receive friends at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, on Monday, March 4, 2024, from 10:00am-11:00am and funeral services will follow starting at 11:00 am in the Chapel at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel with the Rev. Robert Lackey officiating.  Interment will be on Tuesday, March 5, 2024, at 11:00 am at the Georgia National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, friends and family are welcome to send donations to American Legion Post 52 1205 Calhoun Rd, Rome, GA 30161 (mailing address PO Box 75, Rome, GA 30162).

Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, has charge of the arrangements.