CHELSEA, Ala. (WBRC) - UPDATE: Funeral arrangements have been announced for Chelsea Fire Chief Wayne Shirley who died last week.
A visitation will be held Friday, August 14 at 5:00 p.m. at the Pelham Civic Complex. Chief Shirley’s funeral will be held Saturday 10:00 a.m., also at the Pelham Civic Complex.
Burial will be at Liberty Baptist Church Cemetery.
Shirley served as Chelsea’s fire chief since 2001.
ORIGINAL: Chelsea Fire Chief Wayne Shirley passed away Thursday, according to a post on the Chelsea Fire & Rescue Facebook page.
In a prior post, it said Chief Shirley was hospitalized on July 8 with “acute complications from a chronic health issue.”
Chief Shirley grew up in Chelsea, graduating from Chelsea High in 1984. He began his career with the fire department as a volunteer in 1981 and has served as Fire Chief since 2001.
The Facebook post from Thursday evening reads:
Friends and neighbors, we want to thank you for all of your thoughts, prayers and well-wishes. It absolutely breaks my heart to tell you we just got word from Chief Shirley’s family that his battle is over and he has gone home to be with the Lord. I will continue to keep you updated on any arrangements being made. Chief spent his entire life devoted to serving the citizens of Chelsea, so I think you know how special you are to him. Please lift up his family and everyone who loves him in prayer at this time.