Survivors include Shirey's wife, Marie Hilley Shirey
of Fort Payne, a daughter and son-in-law, two brothers, a sister, a granddaughter, two stepchildren, 11 step grandchildren and 11 step great-grandchildren.
As superintendent of the Children's Homes, "Pop" Shirey led the ministry's growth from the main campus in Troy to homes in Decatur, Birmingham and Mobile.The agency's first foster care families were recruited, the family assistance program was expanded and aid increased to college and trade school students.In addition to increased Cooperative Program receipts from Alabama Baptists, the Annual Children's Homes Offering from churches grew fourfold.
Lillian Scoggins Corley lived at Troy while Shirey
was in leadership there.
loved to sing and really pushed the choral program at the Troy campus," Corley recalled.
...Earlier as Shocco Springs' first manager, Shirey not only helped to improve the property, but also helped to nurture lives of children and families who visited, according to retired director George Ricker.
I have the pleasure of hearing this today, but it has been the committed leadership of men like Dr. Shirey
, who gave of themselves to build a heritage that still changes lives today.We are indebted to Dr. Shirey
for paving the way that has guided us into the 21st century and beyond."Wendy Westerhouse, Shocco's conference relations associate, added, "We are pleased that Dr. Shirey was able to participate in the January 2000 dedication of the Shirey Retreat Lodge, our upscale adult retreat facility named in his honor.
Because of Dr. Shirey
and others like him, thousands of people have accepted Jesus Christ at Shocco
and this ministry continues to impact lives today."Shirey
was born near Albertville in Marshall County and was a son of Alabama Baptist pastor W.B. Shirey.After graduation from Tennessee River Institute
in 1927, Hobson earned the bachelor of arts degree from Furman University
in Greenville, S.C., and the master of arts degree from the University of Alabama
.In 1973, he
received an honorary doctor of humanities degree from Judson College
in Marion.From 1931 to 1943, he was a public school teacher in Fort Payne, Talladega and Winterboro.He was principal of Winterboro High School and, after serving in the U.S. Navy, was principal at Fort Payne High School.Before going to work with Shocco Springs, he served as minister of music and education at First Baptist Church of Oak Ridge, Tenn.