Cecil A. Shirey of Wake Forest, N.C. (formerly of Seaford), passed away on Wednesday, June 12, 2019, surrounded by his family.
Cecil was born in Fawn Grove, Pa., to the late Oliver and Roseann Shirey.
Cecil graduated from the University of Delaware in 1958. For 27 years he was self-employed as a biochemist for Bioquest Labs, Inc., Seaford.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Ronald Shirey.
Cecil is survived by his wife of 37 years, Joanne Kenton Shirey; his six children, Cecilia (James) Pentoney, Stephany (Michael) Sweeten, Diane (Randall) Pentoney, Stephen (Mary Pat) Shirey, Sara (Zachary) Cox, and Chad Shirey; his 14 grandchildren, Benjamin (Marcy), Jonathan, and Emily Pentoney; Salina and Eric Sweeten; Jeremy (Fallon), Seth (Erica), and Rachel Pentoney; Payton, Rian, Brennan and Anderson Shirey; Alaia and Fletcher Cox; and his 11 great-grandchildren, Quinn Pentoney; Aidan Bell, Addison and Ariana Pentoney; Roland and Lillith Sperati; Fara, Cullen and Weylen Pentoney; Elliana and Finley Pentoney.
A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 22, at Laurel Wesleyan Church, Laurel, where visitation with the family is from 9 to 10. A luncheon will be held after the memorial service. Burial will be held privately.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Delmarva Adult & Teen Challenge, Inc., PO Box 1271, Seaford, DE 19973, www.delmarvateenchallenge.org.