Shirley Mercer James, 88, owned Beacon Motor Lodge in Nags Head along with her family

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Shirley Mercer James, 88, passed away on Saturday, June 25, 2016. She was born on September 9, 1927, to Pat and Christine Mercer.

Shirley was preceded in death by her husband, John B. James; and daughter, Robin J. James.

She and her family were the proprietors of the Beacon Motor Lodge in Nags Head, N.C., for the past 40 years. Shirley loved animals and especially her grand dog, Ciroc. She also loved Redskins football. She never missed a game.

Left to cherish her memory are her nieces, Judy Wilson, and her husband, J.W., and Debbie Higgins, and her husband, Tom; and several great-nieces and great-nephews. She also leaves her kind neighbors, friends and employees from the Outer Banks and the many acquaintances she made over the many years at the Beacon Motor Lodge.

The family wishes to thank Mary Asencio, Shirley’s caretaker, and Lori Gwynn, family friend, for their care and kindness. She will be truly missed.

Funeral services will be private and held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Virginia Beach SPCA, 3040 Holland Road, Virginia Beach, VA 23453; The Virginia Beach Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 945, Virginia Beach, VA 23451; or to the American Cancer Society, 4446 Expressway Drive, Virginia Beach, VA 23452.

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