She was born June 10, 1922, in Rabun County to the late Jeff and Maggie Hollifield Holcomb. Rose was twice married: first to the late M.J. Shirley, and after his death she married the late Calvin Barnes. She was employed in the textile industry with Clayburne Manufacturing Company and Burlington Industries. She retired from Dairy Queen. She was a member of Bethel Baptist Church. Rose enjoyed many things in her life, like her dogs and gardening, but her greatest joy came from her family. She was proud of being a twin, a mother and grandmother to four generations. She never met a stranger and was known to all simply as “Grandma Rose.” Her sense of humor and smile, as well as her kind heart, was a gift to everyone she knew.
In addition to her parents and husbands, Rose was preceded in death by: a son, Dudley Shirley; a daughter, Peggy Shirley; brothers, Gordon, Roy, Herbert, Sutton, Hugh, JD and Guy Holcomb; and sisters, Grace Worley, Gladys Queen and Ruth Holcomb.
Survivors include: her twin sister, Mary Lovell of Wiley; two sons, Wendell and (Faye) Shirley of Wiley, and Curtis and (Bonnie) Shirley of Clayton; two daughters, Lorrayne and (James) Ramsey of Asheville, N.C., and Lavonne and (Stanley) Starnes of Lawrenceville; a daughter-in-law, Noma Shirley of Clayton; 25 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; and eight great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Dec. 6 at Hunter Funeral Home with officiating by the Revs. Jewell Gaines, Thomas Burrell and Johnny Wright. Graveside services followed at Bethel Baptist Church Cemetery with officiating by Lloyd Hunter.
Hunter Funeral home was in charge of arrangements. An online guestbook is available at www.hunterfuneralhomega.com.