Earlie's Story

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Earlie Dean Morris "Sister" Shaw, 77, of Danville, Ill., formerly of Forest City Ark., transitioned from her life at 6 a.m. Saturday, February 10, 2018, at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana Ill.
Earlie was born December 31, 1940, in Forest City Ark., the daughter of the late Willie Mae Cunningham and the late Oscar Morris Sr.
She was married to the late William Walter Shaw Sr.
Earlie attended public schools in Forest City Ark., where she was a majorette. She was a faithful member of Carter Metropolitan CME Church. She served as the president of the senior usher board and was fondly called "Sheriff Shaw." What she said, she meant and everyone knew it and respected it. Her favorite usher saying is "will both sides please stand, starting from the back pew enter through the center aisle and exit through the outer aisle please."
She was a youth and young adult choir adviser. She was on the pastor's aid committee. She was a Worthy Matron of Golden Rod Chapter 55 Order of the Eastern Star.
Earlie was an outstanding member of the community, where she received the corporate seal of the city of Danville Ill. She was involved in the Martin Luther King celebration, where she was nominated to find ushers every year until her heath made her unable to perform. She received the Kennella J. Lawrence award "empowered women," Dr. Martin Luther King Humanitarian award, and she gave to the American's Disabled Veterans.
She was the head coach for the Danville Lincoln Raiders Cheerleaders and Pompettes, where she placed first on all levels each year. She taught the Lord's Prayer, in which we had to recite this prayer before we exercised and practiced. She had a couple sidelines that were her favorite. One of them was, "Here comes the mighty ones, the mighty, mighty raiders are coming through, hey check us out and you check us out." She was also the head coach Danville Area Community College Jaguars Cheerleaders.
She loved watching "Young and the Restless," Jimmy Swaggert, Western movies, game shows, doing her crossward puzzles and making greeting cards. She would say, "I am Hallmark."
She retired from Peterson Puritan-CCL.
Earlie leaves to cherish her memories Ralph Morris Sr., Carl (Carolyn) Shaw, William (Melody) Shaw Jr., Phillip (Rosiland) Shaw, Patrick Shaw, Brenda K. Shaw, Twana (Tommie) McCullough and Lisa (Samuel) Shaw Johnson, and many special friends -- they know who they are. Also surviving are 35 living grandkids, 62 great-grandkids, 15 great-great-grandkids and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins; one sister, Gloria (Luther) Cooper; two brothers, Theo Morris, Willie (Joanne) Morris; brother-in-law Charles (Wendy) Hargrove Sr.; two sisters-in-law, Marry Morris and Melvina Shaw; and an adopted son, Ricky Derrickson Sr.
Earlie was preceded in death by her husband; two sons, Steven Lee Shaw, Anthony Izell Shaw Sr.; her parents; siblings Otto Morris, Maurice Morris, Charles Morris, Octavia Muse Wright and Patricia Nash; grandkids Charles, Shannta, Lil Larry, Talia, Katia, Mason, Masiah; and a brother-in-law, Lafayette Shaw.
A Homegoing Celebration will commence at noon Friday, February 16, at New Life Church of Faith, 1419 N. Bowman Ave. Visitation will be 11 a.m. Friday until the time of the service. A public viewing be 1-5 p.m. Thursday, February 15, at Leek & Sons Funeral Home. Officiating: Pastor Michael J. Wright. Interment will be at Sandhill Memorial Park.
Condolences may be sent to leekandsonsfuneralhome.com
Published on February 13, 2018
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