Shirley was born February 15, 1935 in Ford Town, Sullivan County, TN to the late Noah Dayton and Mamie Ruth Howell Cox. The family moved to Gray Station, Washington County in 1938. The old home place remains along with a portion of the original 100-acre farm.
Shirley attended Gray Station School and graduated from Boones Creek High School with Honors in 1952. She graduated ETSU with a BS in Social Work and Virginia Commonwealth University with a Master's degree Magna Cum Laude in rehabilitation counseling. After the death of her husband, Jack Lewis of Erwin, she moved to Jacksonville, FL where she worked for the State of Florida Department of Select Committee for Placement of Socially Disadvantaged, Physically Disabled, and Public Offenders. It was in Florida that she met and married the love of her life, Frank Castelvecchi. Shirley and Frank traveled the major cities of the U.S. working in management for Encyclopedia Britannica. Frank retired from the company in Oklahoma City, and the two eventually moved to Knoxville, TN where they remained until Frank's death in 1988. After Frank's death, Shirley returned to work for the TN Board of Probation and Parole. She took great pride in helping people in her case load return to society as changed and productive citizens. Her desire was always to help others. She was active in many volunteer programs including Contact Concern and the Republican Women's Club. Shirley moved to Kingsport in 2016 to be near her sister and family. She loved life, the mountains, antiquing, discussing politics, and good conversation with her many friends. She will be sorely missed by all who loved her.
Shirley was preceded in death by her parents, Noah Dayton and Mamie Howell Cox; husband, Frank Castelvecchi; brothers, Burl Dayton and Carl Cox; infant sister, Mary Sudale Cox; and special and beloved nephew, Michael Steven Cox.
She leaves behind to cherish happy memories her loving sister, Linda Hamilton; special brother-in-law, Sam Hamilton; niece, Monica Comsa and husband Craig; niece, Linda Cox Story and husband David; nephew, Jeffrey B. Cox; step-daughter, Patti Castelvecchi St. Peter; step-sons, Frank and Perry Castelvecchi; and grand nephews and nieces, Christian Comsa, Carissa Comsa, Jason Wamsley, Elizabeth Wamsley, and David Story, Jr.
The family wishes to express gratitude for the amazing care, compassion and love that Shirley received from the staff and employees at Asbury Steadman Hill in Kingsport as well as from caregiver, Judy Partin, who could always make Shirley smile and was truly a blessing. Elizabeth Oliver was also a very special friend and caregiver to Shirley while living in Knoxville.
The family will receive friends 1:00-2:00 PM on Sunday, January 13, 2019, with the service at 2:00 PM with Rev. Ben Byrd of Kingsport officiating followed by a procession to Greenwood Cemetery for the interment.
Arrangements by Bridges Funeral Home, 5430 Rutledge Pike, 865-523-4999. www.bridgesfuneralhome.com