Silas Jaxon Rae Shirley, age 7, of Eldorado, passed away peacefully at Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital in St. Louis, MO on December 18th, 2022, after a long battle with Spinal Muscular Atrophy Type 1. Silas was born to Ashley and the late Justin Shirley on September 2nd, 2015. From the very beginning Silas showed everyone lucky enough to know him that he was a fighter, beating countless odds that were stacked against him. He showed everyone what it meant to be #SilasStrong. He touched so many lives, without ever speaking a word. Silas is survived by his mother; Ashley Shirley, bonus-dad; Jeff Rickmon, sister; Gracie Shirley, brother; Ronnie Rickmon, & bonus-sister; Alexia Rickmon. Also surviving are grandparents; Joe & Tammy Shirley and Beth Pearce & Scott Lenington, and Lindsey Williams, uncles: Josh (Crystal) Shirley, Michael (D’lisa) Williams, Thomas Williams & Mason Williams, aunts: Brandy Williams, Skylynn Williams & Christy Stokich, godmother, longtime nurse, & best friend Melissa Leinenbach, and his 2 dogs, Blaze & Lily, as well as several cousins and extended family members. Silas was preceded in death by his daddy, Justin Shirley, and his poppy, Lynn Williams. Funeral will be at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 22, 2022 at Colonial Terrace Funeral Home in Eldorado. Visitation will be 11:00 a.m. to service time on Thursday. In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations to assist with funeral expenses and will be accepted at the funeral home. We are now, always, & forever #SilasStrong. Condolences and expressions of sympathy may be made to the family via the website www.colonialterracefuneralhome.com
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