Gerald M. “Joe” Shifflett

Funeral services for Gerald M. “Joe” Shifflett, 85, of Sweetwater will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 29, at McCoy Chapel of Memories with Mike Crowley officiating. Interment will follow at Sweetwater Cemetery under the direction of McCoy Funeral Home.Visitation will be from 6-7:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 28, at McCoy Funeral Home.Shifflett died Wednesday, Dec. 26, at Hendrick Medical center in Abilene.He was born Jan. 12, 1927, in Busby. He married Opal Correll on May 28, 1949, in Sweetwater. Joe was a loving family man. He loved his wife, children and grandchildren dearly. He worked for Smith Yellow Cab, Lone Star Cement, Odis Wafer Convenience Store and Skinny’s before retiring in 1988.Survivors include his wife, Opal Shifflett of Sweetwater; son, Jerry Shifflett of Amarillo; daughters, Linda Peoples and husband Dale of Dalhart and Donna Ashley and husband Ronny of Sweetwater; brothers, Charles Shifflett and wife Brenda of Colorado City and Jack Shifflett and wife Eva of San Antonio; sister-in-law, Ruth Shifflett of Abilene; six grandchildren; two step grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; two step great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.He was preceded in death by his parents, Calvin and Ida (Guelker) Shifflett; one brother, Calvin, Jr.; two sisters, Mattie Hill and Mickey Bailey; and three nieces, Patricia Bewley, Joanna Creek and Sarah Shifflett.Pallbearers will be Gary Shifflett, Jimmy Lee Bailey, Curry Bewley, Ronald Bewley, James Shifflett and Kenneth Lee Hill.