Shirley was born in Marvell, Arkansas on September 14, 1956, to her parents, James Milton and Erma Lee Nelson. Shirley accepted Christ as her personal Savior at an early age.
Shirley grew up in Marvell, Arkansas and completed her formal education in the Marvell Public School District. After completion of high school, Shirley married John Sylvester and moved to Little Rock, Arkansas and then relocated to Houston, Texas where she worked at Sears for many years before retiring.
Her interest included reading, watching airplanes, trying new recipes and spending time with her grandchildren and family.
Our beloved Shirley (Shul) entered eternal rest with her Lord and Savior on Monday, February 20, 2023, in Houston, Texas.
She is preceded in death by her beloved parents, James M. Nelson and Erma Lee Moore Nelson; one daughter, Arnessia L. Sylvester and one brother, Dennis L. Nelson Sr.
Shirley leaves to cherish her in loving memories two daughters: Latrina C. Sylvester and Danielle Lezama (Antonio); nine grandchildren, Traci Y. Bell, Arianna M. Bell, Alyssa M. Bell, Jaden L. Lezama, Anthony M. Lezama, Malik J. Lezama, Antonio P. Lezama lV, Raven M. Lezama, Stormi R. Lezama; two great grandchildren, Abrielle A. Strachan and Phoenix J. Strachan all of
Houston, TX; eight brothers, John W. Nelson of Detroit, MI, James M. Nelson Jr. of Minneapolis, MN, Alvin Nelson (Jeanette) of N. Chicago, lL, Aaron L. Nelson and Willie E. Nelson of Marvell, AR, Kenneth L. Nelson of Little Rock, AR, Ricky L. Nelson of Houston, TX, and Myron D. Nelson (Corrie) of Redfield, AR; five sisters, Patricia A. Peer (Wilbur), Arlean Lane (Kelvin), Diane Nelson of Little Rock, AR, Marilyn M. Sims (Tracy) of Round Lake, IL and Sharonda L. Henry (Stephen) of Pine Bluff, AR; her best friends, Tina Banks (John) of Postelle, AR, and Louise Mixon (Paul) of Houston, TX. Shirley also leaves behind a host of nieces, nephews, family and friends.
Services will be held on Friday, March 3, 2023, at Pleasant Green Baptist Church with the Visitation taking place from 9am to 10:45am, and the Funeral Service starting at 11am. The Graveside Service will follow at Pleasant Green Cemetery.
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