OLD FORT Shirley Schronce Lytle, 68, of Old Fort, passed away Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017, at the John F. Keever Jr. Solace Center in Asheville. Mrs. Lytle was born Oct. 1, 1949, in Gaston County, to the late Jack Schronce and Marie Caldwell Schronce. She was a Christian lady and of the Baptist faith. Mrs. Lytle worked as an x-ray technician for Blue Ridge Bone and Joint. She was a selfless, sweet, caring, and strong woman who had a heart of gold. She loved helping people, loved animals, especially birds and dogs. Mrs. Lytle also loved to cook and her all time favorite meal was chicken and dumplings. She was a great role model and in spite of her many health issues, she persevered and remained optimistic. Mrs. Lytle was preceded in death by her husband, William "Billy" Lytle Sr.; son, William "Bill" Lytle Jr.; and her beloved dog, Ginger. Left behind to cherish her memory are her daughter, Kristi "Renae" Lytle and her husband, Isaac Nanney of Old Fort; brother, Dean (Kathy) Schronce of Gaston County; sisters, Barbara (Johnny) Duckworth, Tammy (T.R.) Welch, both of Gaston County, and Linda (Donnie) Medlin of Moore County; a grandson, William Kyle Lytle III of McDowell County; a host of nieces and nephews and her precious dog, Romeo. A memorial service celebrating the life of Shirley Lytle will be held Saturday, Dec. 30, at 2 p.m., at Kirksey Funeral Home in Marion, with Pastor Keith Jamison officiating. Kirksey Funeral Home is honored to be assisting the Lytle family with arrangements.