Martha Jean Corley Shaw, 77, of Wilkesboro, formerly of Carrollton, Miss., passed away at her home on Friday, Jan. 10, 2020.
Memorial services were held at 3 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 13, 2020, at Wilkesboro Baptist Church, with the Rev. Tad Craig officiating. The family received friends after the service at the home on Woodland Boulevard in Wilkesboro.
Mrs. Shaw was born Dec. 13, 1942, in Pascagoula, Miss., to Robert R. and Jimmie Lois Eubanks Corley. She grew up in Thebes, Ill., and considered her hometown as Chicago, Ill. After moving to Itta Bena, Miss., she met and married Jimmie Bryant Shaw Sr. while he worked as the town manager for her father, Robert R. Corley, the mayor of Itta Bena. They married on March 12, 1977, and were married for 40 years prior to his death on Sept. 10, 2016. During her career as an office manager, she was employed by the Greenwood Commonwealth, Scientific Telecom and Johnson Implements, all located in Greenwood, Miss. She retired from Johnson Implements.
Martha Shaw was an accomplished business woman, and a loving and doting wife, mother, grandmother and friend. She loved her family and loved to craft, sew and scrapbook. Her legacy is the love she gave to her husband, children and grandchildren, as well as her extended family and friends.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Jimmie Bryant Shaw Sr.; a son-in-law, Wesley W. Gregory; a sister, Bobbie Johnson; and a brother, Robert Hal Corley, who died in Vietnam.
She is survived by three daughters, Gia Amato Gregory of Wilkesboro, Michelle Amato Livingston and husband, Matt, of Greenwood, Miss., and Stephanie Amato Morris; a son, Dr. Francis X. Amato III and wife, Gena Amason Amato, of Blowing Rock; a stepdaughter, Loretta Shaw Langdon and husband, Dirk, of Smithfield; 10 grandchildren, Chase Alexander Wylie, Justin Brady Morris, D.J. Langdon and wife, Jodee Boswell Langdon, Gray Robert Brower, Madelaine Claire Amato, Lillian Nicole Amato, Abigail Leigh Amato, Shelby Layne Browning Warren and husband, Caleb Warren, Sarah Landreth “Laila” Browning and Nathan Lewis; a great-grandson, Finley Shaw Langdon; three sisters, Peggy Green Palmer and husband, Alex, of Red Banks, Miss., JoAnne Williams of Cape Girardeau, Mo., and Mitzi Pittman Workman of Collierville, Tenn.; a brother, Jack Corley and wife, Doreena, of Valparaiso, Ind.; and several nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, the family would like for memorials to be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 9, North Wilkesboro, N.C. 28659 or to Aiden’s Army, c/o Sharron Amason, 322 Clawson Street, Apartment 108, Boone, N.C. 28607 to help Aiden Amason fight a rare childhood cancer.
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