Shirley Mae Hickman James was born on August 28, 1939 in Lee County. She was the eldest child of the late James Hickman and Pinsa Cola Mark. She departed this life peacefully on June 19, 2019 at her residence. Shirley received her education through the public school system in Lee County. Although, she was a person of many words, she had a kind heart. She loved her family dearly and worked as a housekeeper for many years. Shirley was married to the late Lester James and to that union, nine children were born.
Surviving are her children, Martha James, Robert James, Larry James, Geraldine (Willie) Brown, and Theresa James all of Hartsville, SC; Joyce (Allen) Ham of Conway, SC and one stepson Charles James of Florence, SC; Four sisters, Julia Ann Hickman, Fanny Hickman, and Louise Harris all of Hartsville, SC and Sally Hickman of Orlando, FL; Two brothers, Frank Hickman, Jr. of Trinity, NC and William Hickman of Hartsville, SC; Sixteen grandchildren, twenty-one great grandchildren and eight great great grandchildren; A special friend, Nathaniel Pooler, Jr. of Hartsville, SC; a host of nieces, nephews and other close relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by one brother, James, Hickman, Jr. and two sisters, Frances Hickman, Jr, and James Hickman, Jr and two sisters, Frances Hickman and Lizzie Hickman and one son Robert Lee James.