In Memory

Shirley Milliken (Dail-Rhodes) - Class Of 1954





Pastor Shirley left this earth to be with her Savior, April 17, 2018. A native of South Bend, IN, she was born April 22, 1936, the daughter of the late Oliver L. Milliken and Lillian Elizabeth Perry-Milliken. Mrs. Dail graduated from Washington-Clay High School. After graduation, she attended Cincinnati Bible College in Cincinnati, OH. She later moved to the Tampa area with her parents. It was there she met and soon married her first husband, Private First Class Pete Dail Jr. of Snow Hill, NC and the United States Air Force. They were married 53 years until Pete passed away in 2010. She remarried in 2010 to Douglas Rhodes also of South Bend, IN. Mrs. Dail is best remembered in the community as the owner and operator of Dail's Shoes and Boots; a family shoe store that served the Ruskin Area for over 20 years. She then followed God's calling becoming a Pastor leading the small Pentecostal church, Church Along the Way, located in the Doodle Hill area of East Ruskin. Many people came to know Christ through the Servants's Heart lived by "Pastor Shirley". Not only a business owner and pastor, Mrs. Dail also spent a lot of her 50 plus years as a Ruskinite getting involved in many civic matters, helping to promote and protect our small town. A service for those wishing to pay honor to this special woman will be held 11 am, Saturday, April 21st at Northside Baptist Church in Ruskin. Mrs. Dail is survived by her second husband of 8 years, Douglas Rhodes; oldest son, Pete Dail III and wife, Beverly, of Vienna, GA and youngest son, Randall Lee Dail and wife, Michele, of Ruskin; five grandchildren: Dusty, Matthew, Sarah, Koby and Logan; six great-grandchildren: Cooper, Ashton, Brooke, Sterling, Kelcee and Madison.


04/19/2018 JFC