Official Obituary of

Shirley Annette (Harbin) Richey

August 15, 1939 ~ March 3, 2024 (age 84) 84 Years Old

Shirley Richey Obituary

Shirley Annette Harbin Richey, 84, of Russellville, passed away on March 3, 2024 at her residence. She was born on August 15, 1939 to Cecil and Etta (Cothrum) Harbin in Franklin County.

She was a member of Liberty Chapel Freewill Baptist Church for more than 40 years and was a charter member of the church when it was originally established. Shirley put in many hours to help build the church and served as a mentor for many of the other members. Many looked up to her and came to her for spiritual advice. She had many sayings she loved to say, but her favorite was “Hang on, Hold On, We’re all going home.” Shirley worked as a supply clerk at Golden Poultry for many years.

She is survived by her daughters, Regina Jones, Fredia Richey, Rita Richey, Karen Richey; son, Jamie Richey (Amy); sisters, Reba Pace, Deborah Nicholson; brother, Ray Harbin (Linda); two grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, two great-great grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews.

Shirley was preceded in death by her husband, J.C. Richey; father, Cecil Harbin; mother, Etta Cothrum Harbin; sister, Elba Hayes; brother, Tommy Harbin; son-in-law, Randie Jones; and grandchild, Shannon Jones.

Visitation will be held at Akins Funeral Home on Tuesday, March 5, 2024 from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. Funeral services will be on Wednesday, March 6, 2024 at Liberty Chapel Freewill Baptist Church (Hwy 81 in the East Franklin Community) at 1:00 p.m.. She will lie in state from 12:00 - 1:00 pm.  Bro. Orbie Pierce, and Bro. Delmer Duboise will be officiating the service. Burial will follow in the Liberty Chapel Cemetery. Pallbearers will be family and friends.

Akins Funeral Home will be assisting the family.

The family would like to offer thanks to Dr. Kevin Kelly and his staff, and Akins Funeral Home and staff.

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March 5, 2024

5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Akins Funeral Home
13455 Hwy 43
Russellville, AL 35653

Funeral Service
March 6, 2024

1:00 PM
Liberty Chapel Freewill Baptist Church (Russellville)

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Burial will be in the Liberty Chapel Cemetery following the service.

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