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Shirley Heyward

February 20, 1953 ~ August 16, 2020 (age 67)

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And God will wipe away all tears from their eyes, and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow nor crying.  Neither shall there be any more pain.  For the former things are passed away.               Revelation: 21:4

Today, we have assembled in the spirit of love and sincere thankfulness, to celebrate the life of Shirley Heyward.  Truly, her presence will be missed, but we are sure everyone here has a story to tell about Shirley. Her memory will forever live on in each of us.  

Shirley Heyward was born on February 20, 1953 to the late Hezekiah Heyward and the late Sadie L. Bostick Heyward in New York, New York.  We were not prepared to say goodbye but God sent his Holy angels to claim His very own on Sunday afternoon, August 16, 2020, Memorial Hospital, Savannah, Georgia.

She graduated from Louis D Brandeis High School in 1972.Shirley had a big heart. She always said, “If I take the time out to know you, you need to take the time to know me”.  Anyone that knew her, knew that she was known for talking a lot of trash. If you didn’t want the truth, don’t ask Shirley.  She moved to Estill in 1990. Shirley retired from Harper Nursing Home. She had a radiant smile that lit up any room, when she entered it.

She was preceded in death by her parents,; brothers, Gary and Hezekiah Heyward, Jr.

She leaves to cherish her memories:  two loving sons, Thomas ( Yesenia) Heyward, Washington, DC and Richard Sealey, Jr., Estill, SC; grandchildren, Sadie, Thomas, Jr., Illycia, Cameron, Kelvin, Selenah, Ka’Liyah, Kayden, Joel, and Kaylee; three sisters, Ruth and Valerie Heyward both of Summerville, SC and Yvette (Willie) Cole, New York, NY; two brothers, Leroy (Debbie) Bostick, Pasedena, MD, Kelvin (Margaret) Heyward, Upper Malboro, MD, a loving and devoted life partner, Kelvin Murdaugh; two God children, Tia Heyward and Robyn Housey; a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.

Due to the current state of(COVID-19) pandemic and in order to promote social distancing, as ordered by the Governor for the State of South Carolina, anyone entering the funeral home for viewing; as well as attending the graveside service will be required to wear a mask. We will also limit the number of persons allowed to entered the funeral home at any given period during the viewing process.  We ask that you leave the premise upon exiting the building. The family is most appreciative to each of you for  your prayers and considerations during this difficult time in their lives.

To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Shirley Heyward, please visit our floral store.

 Service Program


August 20, 2020

2:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Martin Funeral Home Chapel
161 Clarke Avenue South
Estill, SC 29918

Graveside Service
August 21, 2020

11:00 AM
First Thankful Baptist Church
2591 Steepbottom Road
Estill, South Carolina 29918

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