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Shirley Joyce Hancock Carter, 83, formerly of Halifax, died June 1, 2019, at PruittHealth Carolina Point in Durham.


She was born December 11, 1935 in Okeechobee, FL, the daughter of Henry Milton and Ada Thomas Hancock.  Her parents; husband, Wilburt Carter; and a brother, all preceded Shirley in death.

A registered nurse, she worked for 11 years at Halifax Hospital and for 19 years at Lake City Veterans Hospital.  

Shirley loved singing and music. She was a fan of automobile racing.  

She was an active member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, attending as long as her health permitted.

Surviving are her sons, Joseph Wiggins and Thomas Wiggins (Angel); sister, Esther Hair; brother John “Buddy” Hancock (Linda); as well as several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends from 10:00 – 10:45 am Thursday at Hockaday Funeral and Cremation Service, and the funeral service will follow at 11:00 am in the funeral home chapel.  Interment will follow in Crestview Memorial Cemetery.

Online condolences may be sent to hockadayfs.com.

Memorials may be made to the Lineberger Cancer Research Center,

Cancer Hospital, 101 Manning Drive N.C, Chapel Hill, NC 27514

Arrangements are under the care of Hockaday Funeral and Cremation Service.