Shirley Ann Knight Gasaway, 89, of Gould, passed away December 26, 2020 in Dumas.
She was born December 19, 1931 in Wilmar to the late John Clarence and Jennie Mae Holland Knight. She was also preceded in death by a great grandson, Conner McMahan; brother, Roland Knight; and sister, Myra Nell Jones.
Shirley was a member of Landmark Missionary Baptist Church for 73 years. After it disbanded, she attended Smyrna Baptist Church.
She grew up in Mississippi and Louisiana before moving to Gould for six months when she was a teenager. She then moved back to Louisiana to graduate at Natchitoches, Louisiana High School in 1948.
She returned to Gould and married her loving husband of 72 years, Gaylon, on August 25, 1948 in Star City.
Shirley retired from Delta Memorial Hospital in Dumas where she was the director of Environmental Services and Safety for many years.
She is survived by two daughters, Gayle (Larry) McMahan of Arkansas City and Mona (Jim) Dixon of Greenbrier; a son, Kenny (Ester) Gasaway of Wildwood, Florida; six grandchildren, Kimberly (Steve) Grammar of Dewitt, Jamie Smith of McGehee, Keith Dixon of El Dorado, Leanne Gasaway of Wildwood, Florida, Michelle (David) Sarra of Poinciana, Florida and Patrick Dixon of Greenbrier; 10 great grandchildren, Julia Beatty, C.J. Beatty, Cassidy Burns, Sydney Smith, Brayden Mosby, Cayden Smith, Penelope, Astrid, Gwendolyn and Ash Sarra; four great- great grandchildren, Mason Beatty, Madox Beatty, Cooper Hill and Conner Joe Beatty.
Due to Covid, the graveside service at Dark Corner Cemetery will be private. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Rev. Dubs Byers and Rev. Jim Smith will officiate.
Memorials may be made to Remote Island Ministries, Glen Knight, c/o Cheryl Clem, 8108 Thames Ave., Texarkana, TX 75503 or Arkansas Children’s Hospital, P.O. Box 2222, Little Rock, AR 72203.
Arrangements by Griffin Funeral Home of Dumas.