Shirley Malone


Shirley Louise (Craig) Malone was born June 30 ,1935 to the union of Samuel Craig and Annie (Craig) Myers in Columbus, Ohio.  Shirley attended Central High School; Shirley married Waymon Malone on May 1st, 1953. To that union they gave birth to three children and 4 bonus children. Shirley departed this life on August 1,2021 at 5:05pm surrounded by family and friends

Shirley retired from Alcutel-Lucent Technologies (Western Electric) as a Line Relay Operator.  She also worked as a Real Estate Agent for Craig Realty. Shirley would not sell you a house that she would not live in herself.

Shirley was baptized and received the gift of the Holy Spirit in her mid-twenties. She truly loved serving the Lord, she was a member of Eliezer Church of Christ under Bishop Sandy Dunlap, where she served in many capacities: Choir Director, Sunday School Teacher, Church Nurse, just to name a few. There were many times that Shirley and her children would walk to church and find the church closed or the service cancelled and they would turn around and walk back. She would play games with her children so that the walk would not seem so long. Red light, Green light was one of their favorites.

When Waymon Jr. began pastoring in Beckley West Virginia, she would make the trip with her son and his family every Sunday, 4 hours up and 4 hours back.  Once Waymon Jr. started a church here in Columbus she was a pioneering member who also gave Christ Cathedral its name. She loved to travel to the conventions and to go to Detroit to hear Bishop David Ellis. It was nothing for her daughter to go to her parent’s home on a Sunday morning and to be told by her father “she left early this morning on her way to Detroit, sometimes she would take a friend and sometimes she would travel by herself.

Shirley’s favorite things to do was to travel and shopping she was known in Nordstrom by her first name because she loved good smelling perfume. She also enjoyed eating good food, some her favorites were macaroni and cheese, greens and chitterlings, and she would make a sandwich out of anything. Last of all she loved Pepsi (I’m sure family members can tell stories about her and her Pepsi).

Shirley believed in feeding people, when she would go to the beauty salon, she would take her stylist a fried bologna and egg sandwich, if she picked you up, she may have something for you to eat.  Even after she had her stroke, and you came to the house; she would say “do you want something to eat”?

After having her stroke her life slowed down some but not much with the help of her daughter she was still able to do some of the things she loved, traveling, shopping and eating good food. Some of the places they traveled to were Alabama, San Diego, West Virginia, Florida, North Carolina, and Detroit. Every weekend her daughter made sure they did something.

Shirley was proceeded in death by her parents Samuel and Annie, husband WaymonSr.  and Sr., son Mickey. 2 sisters and 4 brothers.


Shirley leaves to cherish her memories sons Waymon Jr., Anthony, Edward, Michael (Tiffany)and Darrell. Daughter Florence (Donald) Grandchildren Kellie (Michael), Kristen (James Jr.), Courtny, Brittany, Michael Jr. (Shannon)Tia (Shawn), Asya. Great grands Kalee, Kendall, Michael Jr., Kacie, James III., Micah, Elijah, and Carson, Ava, Dallas. Sisters, Florence, Bertha, Christine, and brother Frank Donald (Marilyn)and a host of nieces and nephews and friends Special Friend Louise Packer and Ceola Baker (deceased).


Visitation 9:00am and Funeral 10:00am Saturday, August 7, 2021 at City of Grace, 3350 Allegheny Ave.

Interment at Eastlawn Cemetery.


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Condolence Messages

  1. Aunt Shirley will be missed in presence . But we will see her again We love her and you all very much


  2. Marian Craig, Los Angeles

    Love you Aunt Shirley, thank you for sharing God’s Love with us. My deepest Love to my cousins.

  3. May God continue to richly bless the family, friends and so many others who were blessed by this awesome woman.

    The Craig Family

  4. Marlene Craig-Tucker

    God bless the memory of Aunt Shirley. Condolences to the entire family.

  5. There are no words to express the sorrow in our hearts. May God help you to cope with the heavy weight of your loss. Truly sorry for your loss.

  6. Bishop EG & Dr LadyAnn Francis

    Our Prayers & Regards to the Malone & Craig families, Bishop Waymon Malone & all as you Embrace the Transition & Separation of your Loved One.

    May God’s Love Coat Your Hearts with His Comforting Balm of Peace!
    Richmond, VA

  7. God bless and comfort you and your family, Sis. Florence and Elder Gammon, as you remember your mother, and celebrate her life and legacy. I’m lifting you in prayer.

    • Muriel Williams

      My she always be remembered as one of God’s greatest servants. She will surely be missed. Keeping you in your family in prayer. Love to all of you!

  8. Conrod Peterkin

    Deepest condolences to the family, Pastor Waymon Malone, Florence. We will miss you Mother Shirley and your sweet smile.

  9. Aunt Shirley you will be missed but I know that you are in a much better place. I’m glad we were able to share a special moment. I love you always and forever Love always,

  10. U r all in my thoughts and prayers’. So sorry for ur loss of such an amazing woman and family member’ ❤️

  11. To Florence and Elder Gammon may God comfort your hearts. You cared for her so well…..thoughts and prayers.

  12. My sincere condolences to Florence and the entire Malone & Craig families. You are in my thoughts and prayers. My fondest memories of Sis. Shirley was as a child when she was my Sunday School teacher. She taught her Sunday School class the 66 books of the Bible and would reward us for remembering and reciting them. Awesome woman of God!
    May God comfort the family during this difficult time. Love you.

  13. To the family of Shirley Malone I wish to offer my dearest sympathy during your hour of loss. May God comfort you where you may need it at this time.

    Evangelist Catherine King
    Refuge Temple Church
    Bishop Robert O. E. Keyes, pastor

  14. Shirley Malone’s family it was a excellent service I enjoyed it so much and I know that she was praising God With Us I’m going to miss her smile when I walked into the room to take care of her she would always say I’m glad you’re here and kiss the top of my hand sleep on Mama and we will see you again on the other side love Darla

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