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.

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Shirley was my Best friend since 1972. She was the most selfless woman I’ve ever known. She was closer than a sister, my confidante with a heart of gold. I know where she is and know that she is free of all those things that kept hurting her. We worked together , raised our kids together, shopped together and just had great fun together. My heart hurts but I will see her again.


[sad] I recently heard the news & even though I never got to meet her other than 1 time a few years back. My heart goes out to them who did. I've always heard great things about her and only wish she could've met her great grand daughter (Mia) more than just that once. Even though we don't stay in touch- I'm sorry for your loss Kyle & to the rest of the family & friends- my utmost sincere condolences.

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