Shirley Withrow Asa, 83, passed away Thursday, June 18, 2020, at Westwood Hills Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Wilkesboro.

Mrs. Asa was born in the Hollis community of Rutherford County on July 18, 1936, to John D. Withrow Sr. and Dorothy Moore Withrow. She was a member of First Baptist Church of North Wilkesboro.

Throughout her life, Shirley was involved in the arts, being an artist herself, and part of numerous choral groups. Anyone who knew her, knew her gift of speech. This gift took her to the southeast competition of Toastmistress International, and she was a member of the Toastmasters International local chapter. Gardening was a passion of hers, and she could often be seen tending to her tomatoes and green beans in the community garden at Cub Creek. When not in the garden, Shirley loved spending time at Wilkes County Public Library, where she was a patron and member of the book club. On Monday afternoons, you may have seen her enjoying lunch at Village Inn Pizza and writing in her journal. As with her family, she was an active member of the Democratic Party, having worked diligently on the campaign for John F. Kennedy.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her beloved husband, Bob, to whom she was married for 23 blessed years; a daughter, Janice Faulkner; her brother, Bob Withrow; and her son-in-law, Joe Johnson.

She is survived by her daughters, Patricia Adams and husband, Kevin, of Waynesville and Janet Beth Johnson of Wilkesboro; her sons Jeffrey Glenn and wife, Cathey, of Charlotte, Bob Asa of Keystone Heights, Fla., and Mike Asa of Port Charlotte, Fla.; her grandchildren, Nick Asa, and wife, Mindy, Kim Asa, Brandon Ball and wife, Meagan, Tom Asa, Lauren Ball, Jessie Ailts and husband, Ryan, Ethan Faulkner, Hannah Glenn, Kathryn Ogle and husband, Joe, Cameron Asa, Courtney Asa, Abby Willette and husband, Kaelan and Cameron Glenn, and 11 great-grandchildren; a sister, Patricia Gima of Milwaukee, Wis.; and a brother, John Withrow of Austin, Texas.

Flowers will be accepted or memorial donations may be made to the Wilkes County Public Library, 215 10th Street, North Wilkesboro, N.C. 28659.

There will be a memorial service at a later date.

Miller Funeral Service is in charge of the arrangements. Online condolences may be made at

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