With open arms the Lord welcomed Shirley into his Kingdom.
Shirley was the last child born to the late Fannie and George Thomas in Newark, N.J. She had three brothers who loved and spoiled her. She gained a sister Susan after her father remarried. Shirley graduated from West Side High School in Newark, N.J. in 1950, went to work at New Jersey Bell at the age of 21. She married and later became the proud mother of Fred and Craig Batchelor. After 8 years, her marriage ended and her sole purpose in life was to raise her 2 children and give them a good life. After her sons became adults, she married Walter Bigams 5/23/86. A few years later retired and moved to Palm Coast. Joined 1st AME Church and served as an Angel of Mercy, a class leader and helped whenever needed. Shirley also volunteered as a hot line helper for troubled children, on Christmas holidays and was also a member of the Democratic Women’s Club as well as a member of the Pioneers Club, an organization of retired Bell Telephone employees. Upon her marriage to Walter she gained 2 step-daughters, Sylvia Denise Bigams, deceased and Shelly Lyn Bigams.