Shirley Highsmith

Shirley Highsmith, 96, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Tuesday, May 21, 2024. She retired from the City of Newport News as a Bus Driver and was a member of First United Church of Christ in Hampton, VA. Shirley enjoyed participating in multiple organizations, such as the Warwick Lions Club, Williamsburg Country Club, Alpha Delta Omega Sorority, Hidenwood Bowling Lanes, and Anheuser Busch LPGA/PGA Chairman. She also remained highly active at First United Church of Christ.

Shirley was preceded in death by her loving husband, Kenneth Highsmith; mother, Carrah Lee; father, Claude; and grandson, Zachary Highsmith.

She is survived by her two sons, Kenneth (Jennifer) and Thomas (Vicki); seven grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren.

A visitation will be held on Thursday, May 23, 2024, at Peninsula Funeral Home from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. The funeral service will occur at First United Church of Christ on Tuesday, May 28, 2024, at 11:30 a.m., followed by a burial at Peninsula Memorial Park.



  1. Patsy Queensberry

    My friend, my neighbor whom I have had the pleasure of knowing and being apart of her family for 58 years, you will always have a place in my heart. Hope there is a swing waiting for you in heaven.

  2. Sarah HIGHSMITH Malphurs

    I will miss you Aunt Shirley. Even though we didn’t spend enough time together I remember you fondly from when I was a little girl and your love for your family was always so obvious. I hope you and Kenneth are happy and together.

  3. Gail Penfield Gulla

    Please except our Deepest Sympathy to Ray and Tommy and to All of your family in the loss our your Mom and “ Our Shirley “. She was was one of the most loving, Christian lady I have ever known!!! She was so good to so many with her caring and special ways and especially to my Mom Tisma being her best friend. I will never forget our most memorable trips together to northern Va. to see our dear friend Aimee. You All will be in our thoughts and prayers. Love, Gail and Michael

  4. Forbes, Barry & Dianne

    Shirley was such a fine lady and great church friend. She was always kind and thoughtful. So enjoyed her friendship in the First UCC singing group The Good Time Singers — what a great alto. Our condolences to her family. With love and remembrance, Barry & Dianne Forbes.

  5. Glenn and Lynne Fritzinger

    I remember Shirley’s cheerful, friendly disposition. She made us feel welcomed at First United. With love and remembrance

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