Shirley Whitehead

shirley whitehead

December 29, 1938 ~ September 10, 2013

Born in: Lawrenceville, GA
Resided in: Lawrenceville, GA

A true proverbial woman, Shirley Chadwick Whitehead joined her heavenly family on September 10, 2013. Virtuous, strong, and loving, Shirley always put the needs of others before her own. Shirley leaves behind her husband of more than 51 years, Charles Whitehead; two daughters, Charlene K. Whitehead of Lawrenceville and Carla Whitehead Youmans and her husband Christopher Youmans of Dacula; as well as one very special grandson, Charles Guerry Youmans. She is also survived by two sisters, Barbara Williams of Dacula and Violet Bentley of Snellville, as well as several nieces, nephews and close friends. Shirley will be deeply missed by all who know her, but we take comfort knowing that she is walking Heaven's streets of gold. The funeral service will be held Saturday September 14, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel with Dr. Lamar Holley officiating. The family will receive friends Friday, September 13th from 4 until 8 at Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel 1031 Lawrenceville Hwy. Lawrenceville, GA 30046 770-277-4550 Online condolences may be expressed at

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  1. Carla, Chris and Charlie,
    My thoughts and prayers are with you especially during this time.
    John 10:27-29 “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand.”

    Your sister in Christ,
    Mary Friday

  2. To The Family,

    Mrs. Shirley Whitehead was a very kind person and her presence will be missed. May the God of all comfort be with you all during this time. 2nd Corinthians 1:3,4.

    Sharon Whiting
    Gwinnett County DOT

  3. Carla and family,

    My heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with you as you travel this new path in life. Praying for peace and understanding.

    Much love,


  4. Carla
    So sorry to hear about your mother!! We were just talking about her last week. My heart goes out to you and know we are here to help do what ever you need!


  5. Charlene and family, my deepest sympathy in the loss of Shirley. I hope you can take comfort in her memory and know that she is in a better place now and will see you soon.

    Hugs to all!

    Sandi Barber

  6. Charlene,

    I’m very sorry for the loss of your mother. I just wanted you to know that I will keep you and your family in prayer. While I didn’t know your mother, I know that she raised a wonderful daughter so she must have been very special. May God comfort you and your family during this time.


    Danyel Mitchell Gwinnett County Recorder’s Court

  7. My heartfelt sympathy goes out to my former co-worker, Charlene Whitehead, in the death of her mother, and to all her family. May God bring you comfort and peace.

  8. Charlene,
    I am so sorry to hear about your mother’s passing. I know you were close. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. May God bless you all.

    Lorraine Stafford
    Gwinnett County Probate Court

  9. Dear Charles, Charlene, Carla, Chris and Charlie,
    My heart breaks for you all. Sending many prayers, hugs and much love your way during this time of heartbreak and sorrow. So glad I got to visit with Shirley in August. Love you all.

  10. Carla and Family,

    I pray that you feel God’s loving arms wrapped around you comforting and strengthening you as walk through this time of loss. May you remember the wonderful times with your mother and how she has influenced who you are today.

    Love in Christ,

  11. Charlene, Charles, Carla, I’m so sorry for the loss of Shirley, a wonderful mother, grandmother and wife. Just keeping that wonderful pretty smile she always, had will always be with you all. Just think of all the wonderful memories, you will have to talk about and share with your friends, and family. I enjoyed so much working with Shirley at the county, working with her in the elections and just being her friend. Their going to be a lost in all of our hearts and my heart and prays, go out to all of you during time you will have to say good-bye. She in a wonderful place of peace with no suffering and no more pain. May God be with all of you and when you feel a pain in your heart, its Shirley sending her love down to all of you from the wonderful home of heaven. May God bless you.

  12. Any passing is difficult, unexpected ones especially so. The peace comes from knowing that Mrs. Whitehead is in Heaven, and that she passed on the most precious knowledge to her children – that of God and Christ and the Spirit in us. I have the fortune of knowing Carla, and it is clear that God moves in her life. My condolences to the family.

  13. Dear Carla and family,

    I am saddened to hear of your loss; please accept my condolences. I will be sure to keep you and your family in my prayers.

    Romans 8:14-23

    In Christ’s Love,
    Anna K.

  14. Dear Charles, Charlene and Carla,
    I was saddened to learn of Miss Shirley’s passing. She was always so sweet to me growing up. While she will be missed, I know she, Miss Sara Thompson, Miss Trellis and Mom are together singing praises and listenting to Bro. Jerry’s corny jokes!. Hugs and love to you all.

  15. My sincere condolences Carla. Let me know if there is anything I can do to help ease your mind or your workload.



  16. Dearest Carla and family:

    I’m so sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts. Amelia and I sang a Jesus song for you. Love to you and your family. Leslie

  17. Sarah and I know the families faith can be tested at these times and we are holding you up in our prayers. The knowledge of our Saviour and your mother’s presence in heaven with Him will carry you through.

  18. Charles, Charlene & Carla: So sorry for your precious loss. I remember all the fun we had when we won the State Recreation girls basketball tournment. Remember me & Ray Ezell coaching? Your Mom was a big fan and we loved her so much. Such a wonderful lady. Just know I have always loved each of you & always will. My prayers of comfort are with you.

  19. My thoughts and prayers go out to the entire family — may God grant each of you strength, courage and hope as you deal with this loss. God bless . . .

  20. Charles,

    I am so very sorry to hear of your wife’s passing. When I remember you in Sr Leadership Gwinnett I think of your great laugh and know Shirley enjoyed it as well. Prayers and thoughts are with you.

  21. Carla, so sorry for the loss of your mother. Sending thoughts and prayers to you and your family during this difficult time.

  22. Carla- All of us at South Forsyth High School are heartbroken by your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  23. Carla, Chris & Charlie, I am so sorry for your loss. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. May God bring you peace at this very difficult time.

  24. Charles, I am so sorry to hear of your loss of Shirley. Be thankful for 51 years of memories. Thinking of you at this difficult time.

  25. Dear Mr. Charles, Charlene, and Carla and family; Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. I have fond memories of visiting with Mrs. Shirley and Mr. Charles on Sunday afternoons as we were packing to go back to Shorter from the weekend. There was never any question about how proud they were of their girls, Charlene and Carla. Family was truly important to them, and I can only imagine what fantastic Grandparents they have been to Charlie. Thank you for sharing your pictures on Facebook. Please know you all are surrounded in prayer during your time of grief.

  26. Charles, Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  27. My heart goes out to you and your family during this time. I know this is an emotional time when you lose a parent. I loss my dad a year and a half ago. I know how you are feeling. You have to take a positive perspective in knowing there was no suffering. Stay strong and positive. Lean and trust God….he is amazing during a time of loss. May God’s love give you peace & comfort during this difficult time.

  28. Thinking of all of you. Can’t come because Wally’s sister is coming today- the first time since a tragic accident a year ago. I love your whole family. It’s a good thing my memory is gone or I could tell you lots of things Nannie told me.

  29. You have my deepest heartfelt sympathy. I am so very sorry for your loss. I will hold all of you in my prayers for peace, comfort , and understanding.

    Love and prayers,

  30. Charles, Charlene, & Carla, so sorry to hear of Shirley’s passing. You are in our thoughts & prayers. Shirley was always ready with kind words and warm smile.
    Wanda & Bobby

  31. Dear Charles,
    We were so sorry to learn of the death of your dear, Shirley, so suddenly. Our hearts go out to you and your family.
    We pray that many wonderful memories of your loving wife will help ease your pain and sorrow.

    God Bless you all, my friend.

    Larry & Lorri Christopher

  32. So sorry for your loss. May you and your family receive comfort from “the God of all comfort” who promises us that one day soon death will be a thing of the past & so will mourning and outcry.” Rev.21:3&4

  33. Carla,
    Please know that you and your family are being lifted up in prayer to the Father who knows and understands your loss. It’s so difficult to lose your mom, and I pray that God will fill that void in your heart on a moment by moment basis. If you’d ever like to talk about her and share stories, I’d love to sit with you and hear about her.

    Jenny Forester

  34. Charlene,
    I am so sorry to hear about your loss. I’m praying for you and your family at this difficult time. Take care.

    Jackie Floyd

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