Ms. Shirley Mae Viar Hickok, age 81 of Concord, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, November 14, 2023 at Atrium Health Cabarrus.
The family will receive friends at Forest Hill United Methodist Church on Sunday, November 19 from 1:30 to 3 pm. A funeral service will be held at 3 pm with Rev. Mandy Jones and Rev. Wes Judy officiating. Burial will follow the service at Carolina Memorial Park.
Shirley was born February 3, 1942 in Charlottesville, Virginia. She was a daughter of the late Basil M. Viar and Mary Powell Viar. She was also preceded in death by an infant daughter.
Shirley retired from Phillip Morris as a training supervisor. She dearly loved her church, Forest Hill UMC, where she was involved in many activities. One of her favorite things was working with the preschool program as a storyteller. As with time and age, Shirley’s life started to slow down a bit, and she just enjoyed spending time with her family, especially the grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. She was a very special lady to so many, and she will be dearly missed by all those who were privileged to have Shirley a part of their life.
Left to cherish her memory is her only child, Mike Burkett, Jr. and wife, Karen of Mt. Pleasant; grandchildren, David Burkett and wife, Jennifer, Monica Gilliatt and husband, Ben, and April Allen and husband, Daryl; 7 great-grandchildren; sisters, Sally Woolard and Sara Smith; brother, Basil Viar, Jr. and wife, Shirley; many nieces, nephews and other loving relatives and friends.
Memorials may be made to Forest Hill United Methodist Church, 265 Union Street N. Concord, NC 28025.