Shirley Ann Ray Laughter, 78, of Hendersonville, passed away on Monday, January 26, 2015. A native of the Revere Community of Madison County, she was the daughter of the late Odus and Dorothy Ray.
Shirley graduated from Sand Hill High School and Western Carolina University. She influenced the lives of countless students in Henderson County during her 37 years of teaching and had a special gift of teaching children to read. Following her retirement, she devoted her time to her family, especially her grandchildren, and enjoyed growing beautiful flowers. Shirley was a member of Hendersonville First Baptist Church.
Shirley is survived by her loving husband of 57 years, Jimmie Laughter, and by her four sons, Franklin Laughter, Jonathon Laughter, Chris Laughter and wife, Miranda, and BJ Laughter and wife, Amy, all of Hendersonville. She was the cherished grandmother of four, Josh Laughter and fiancÈ, Kelly, Emma Laughter, Jordyn Laughter, and Avery Laughter, and the great-grandmother of Peyton Laughter. Shirley is also survived by her brother, Champ Ray and wife, Shirley; her sister, Dorene Cutshall and husband, Chester; her nephews, Allen Cutshall and Steven Ray, and niece, Karen Wentcel; and her brother-in-law, Joseph Laughter.
Shirley will be remembered by her family for her never-ending love, which she showed every hour of every day.
A memorial service will be held at 11:00 am, Thursday, January 29, 2015 in the chapel at Forest Lawn Funeral Home with Pastor Eric Gash officiating.