Dr. Joe Edwin Shirley

Dr. Joe E Shirley

Dr. Joe Edwin Shirley was born in Bozeman, Montana on Sept. 20, 1944 to Joe Henry Shirley and Edna Lehrkind Shirley and died peacefully on January 11, 2021.  When Joe was a child, he lived next to his great grandfather’s Victorian mansion In Bozeman owned by his great grandfather Julius Lehrkind.  Julius had immigrated from Germany and opened the first brewery in Montana in the mid 1800’s. Julius was friends with Calamity Jane.  She would stop in at the brewery to have a beer.  One night she had too much to drink, spent the night at the Lehrkind mansion and left her tiny spurs there which have been on loan to the Gallatin Museum.

Dr. Shirley obtained a B.S. from Texas Western College/El Paso in 1966 and graduated The University of Texas/Houston School of Dentistry in 1970.  He moved to the Clear Lake area, opened his private dental practice and bought a 1959 pink Cadillac car which became a landmark in front of his office on Bay Area Boulevard.   For fifty years Joe strived to learn more about dentistry by reading, and learning new procedures so he could help his patients have the best dental health possible.  He really enjoyed making people smile — especially when he had them in the dental chair at the “dental spa”.

Joe met the love of his life, Roselyn Pierce on a blind date at the Clear Lake Shores New Years Eve party 29 years ago.  They traveled the world with the International Rotary Club, scuba diving trips, and investment seminars.  They helped hundreds of people better their lives and have enjoyed each other and their families.  Joe always had a biscuit in his truck for any dog that wanted one and he would do anything to help anyone in need.

Joe had many close, life-long friends.  He enjoyed scuba diving, attending investment seminars, dental seminars, playing cards, playing golf and chatting on the phone every night with his best friend Cliff Black who died 2 weeks ago.  He enjoyed restoring houses , he erected the antique lamp posts in Clear Lake Shores and he loved working on his  ‘59 Caddy and ’73 Ford Trucks.  He was kind, generous, loving, hard-working, honest and reliable.

This past year his dental practice came to an end when he was diagnosed with Leukemia.  He survived 5 rounds of chemotherapy and a stem cell transplant at Houston Methodist.  They did an incredible job for Joe by locating a male stem cell donor in Germany who was 27 years old.  The cells were extracted, frozen, and flown to Joe’s hospital room to be thawed and inserted into Joe’s chest.  Joe made some wonderful new friends at Houston Methodist, his chemo doctor, Dr. Pingali, and his transplant doctors, Dr. Kamble and Gloria Obi.  The most wonderful team of doctors at the world’s greatest hospital.   Joe survived the transplant well and was thriving when covid virus attacked his body on December 22, 2020.

His civic involvement includes being past Board Member of Houston District Dental Society, Clear Lake Chamber of Commerce, President of Bay Area Crime Stoppers, City Councilman in the City of Clear Lake Shores, past President of Seabrook Rotary International and a Paul Harris Fellow.  He also was active each year as a bidder at the CCISD livestock auction.  Joe was very active in the Seabrook Rotary.  He will be greatly missed by his many friends and loving family

Joe was a great friend to many and the most honest person one would ever meet.  His friends will greatly miss him.

Joe leaves behind his loving wife of 29 years, Roselyn and his beloved dog/girlfriend/sidekick, Birdie.

Due to the COVID outbreak, no service is currently planned.  Donations can be made in Joes’ name to the Seabrook Rotary Club, PO Box 869, Seabrook, Texas 77586






  1. Deepest sympathy. I only met Dr. Joe one time by it left a lasting memory. May he Rest In Peace.

    Helen Pausewang
  2. My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief, What a beautiful life you and Roselyn lived. What a lovely person, who will be deeply missed.

    Dyana Babik
  3. A huge loss for our community. Many thoughts and prayers with Roselyn and their family.

    Christi Cheramie
  4. I was saddened to hear about Joe. Roselyn, my dear sweet cousin, you are in my thoughts and prayers. I pray for God to give you strength, faith, peace and understanding in the days to come.
    Much love,

    Barbara James Smith
  5. Rosalyn, I am so sorry for your loss. Joe was a wonderful man to everyone who crossed his path. Prayers for you, Carolyn and Carson! God speed…🙏🙏🙏

    Marty Conner
  6. Wow, what a legacy Joe has left for all to remember. Lloyd and I are so very for your loss Roselyn. I pray that one day soon there will be no more lives lost to Covid 19, it’s heartbreaking. Praying for you and share in your loss. 🙏🏻❤️

    Cynthia Medsger
  7. Roselyn, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Losing the Love of your
    life has to be the hardest we have to go through. You are a strong and
    very caring person and will do well. You two were blessed to
    share many wonderful years.

    My prayers are with you. I know I have not been
    in contact for many years, but I do care

    Jan Sebastian

    Jan Patin Sebastian
  8. So very sorry Roselyn❤️

    Faith Norris
  9. Roselyn,
    I am deeply touched by the news of Joe’s passing.
    As you know, my Mother and Dad thought the world of him (and you).
    Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers.

    Gail Binder

    Gail Binder (Mohrhusen)
  10. So sorry for your loss. I know he was a very special man to Guy and Cynthia and your nieces who thought the world of him. Prayers for you.

    Dale & Regina Dillard
  11. Extremely sorry to hear of your loss. I will have you in my prayers for peace and comfort.

    Deborah Douglas
  12. So sorry to hear Rosalyn I counted Joe as a very long time friend and enjoyed whenever i ran into him. Quick to smile a very good man…

    tony smith
  13. Oh Roselyn, we’re in shock, our hearts are crushed for you….what a gift he was to us all. Praying for you boldly Roselyn🌹

    Jerry and Darlene McGinty
  14. My deepest sympathy to you Roselyn. Dr. Joe was a special man and I feel blessed to have known him for even a short time. My prayers are with you.

    Deborah Estrin Sanchez
  15. Roselyn,
    Sending love, blessings, and prayers

    Rilene Purvis
  16. My love and prayers are with you. It is important you keep talking about him and keep pictures and memories alive with you. God bless you. You are a strong lady and you will survive. Love you for being you,

    Sylvia Barker. Streater
  17. Joe was the kindest soul. The dog biscuits ❤… Max would get so excited when he’d see Joe drive up. Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Rose.

    Christine Daigle
  18. Joe will be missed by so many, including me. My heart goes out to Roselyn and Birdie❤️

    Lynn Bell
  19. Great guy. A friend of the CLC and ever growing Hawaii Joslin tribe. I know that my dad, Hugh Joslin, Clint Black and are asking, what took you so long, Joe? They’re clanking mugs, today. Miss those 3.

    Robert Hugh Joslin
  20. Joe was and is a true friend, loyal, always ready to help. He is in a better place now. Rose, our prayers are with you.

    Kin Chan and Annie Yu
  21. I can’t say enough about Dr Shirley. Him and my dad Cliff Black were two of coolest guys I have ever met. To say hanging out with them and watching them interact with one another is entertaining is an understatement. It was like hanging out with the Skipper and Gillian or Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd; good times always. Like my dad Dr Shirley is my hero. I will miss them both. The world is a little less fun without them.

    Michael Black
  22. Rosie,
    Prayers for you on the passing of Joe. Joe was an amazing man and an Icon of the Kemah, Clear Lake Shores and Clear Lake area.
    He will be missed by all. I pray you find comfort and strength during the grieving process. You are loved as well for all you do. God Speed to you, your family and friends.

    Katherine Friston Collier
  23. Roselyn, I am so saddened to hear of Joe’s passing. I considered him not only the best dentist ever, but also a friend. My Mother and I both went to him for many years. I will miss him and I wish you the very, very best. I wish I could give you a big hug right now.

    Rebecca Spurlock Snyder
  24. Rosalyn,
    Our hearts break hearing this news! Joe was such a nice guy and we loved seeing him in his Cadillac or always seeing him with Birdie. From your FB posts one can tell how in love the two of y’all were. Prayers for comfort for you and your family!!
    With heartfelt sympathy,
    Keith and Carla

    Keith and Carla Fowler
  25. Rosalyn,
    It is a sad day for me. Joe was not only a client of mine but a great friend and a person that was always willing to listen and help . I will miss playing golf with him as well as Black, We had some great times in Rotary. He was my mentor.
    He was a great dentist. You are in my prayers. Please call if you need to talk or need help. Shelley and I love you both.

    Robert Gibbs
  26. Sorry 😞 I know him for so many years and that is the best customer I have a have in my restaurant

    Lukas barbecue steakhouse inc
  27. God gave you a wonderful man indeed. God would say “job well done”. We are so sorry for this great loss. May God always keep you in his care. He will live in our hearts forever.

    Donna Boyd cooley
  28. What a blessing for me to have chatted with both of you in Houston Med Center last month….. you both are loved and admired by so many of us in the Clear Lake area…. God bless you both…… so sorry for your loss………

    Sherril Stringfellow
  29. My deapest sympathies go out to Rosie and the family. Doc was a great friend. His humor and fun loving attitude was contagious. I have many fond memories of Doc and Dad kidding around about rent houses, golf and life in general. Doc was able to talk Dad into getting on a plain and flying to Hawaii for 3 weeks. This was a big deal since Dad rarely flew on a plane…, and rarely went on any trips, other than to the lake house. My Dad had such a great time in Hawaii with Doc and Hue Josilin. I would have loved to be a fly on the wall.., watching all the kidding, joking and banter among the three of them. I’m sure it was hilarious. Great friends having a great time. Along with being a great friend to many, Doc was a fantastic dentist too. My Dad passed 2 weeks before Doc. I’m sure they have reconnected in Heaven. They are probably fishing golf balls out of the lakes on the awesome courses in the
    Sky! I image they are competing with each other over who can fish out the most balls. Katha is frying up some fish in Heaven for both of them! We love you Doc. We will see you, Dad and Mom again some day. Hope you and Dad save the rest of us a few of the good golf balls from the lakes. We love you.

    Pat Black
  30. I started seeing Dr Joe back in 1983 when during this year he fitted a bridge. I had that bridge removed 3 weeks ago after 37 years. What a great dentist. I travelled from here in Australia most years to Texas which included a trip to Dr Jo. I will miss him and our chats. I still have a silver dollar he gave me.

    Steve Clayton
  31. So sad to learn of Joe’s passing. Meeting you and Joe was such a pleasure those many years ago when you visited his Great Grandfather’s mansion here in Bozeman. You have no idea how many times we have told others of your visit and about all the photos and items you brought from this place (including Calamity Jane’s spurs) to show and share with us. The biggest surprise of all was when you left the voice message that the piano was on a truck on it’s way home to the mansion. It is still here. Our deepest sympathy to you Roselyn.
    Chris Nixon
    Lehrkind Mansion Bed and Breakfast
    Bozeman, MT

    Christopher Nixon
  32. Devastated to find out about Dr. Shirley’s passing today. He was my dentist since 1989. What will I do now! So sad. My heart goes out to his family.

    Delilah Hymas
  33. Joe and my brother (Dick Johnsen) were close friends during high school and college in El Paso. My brother passed in 1996 and Joe came to his memorial. Sadly that was the last time I saw him. My regards to his family.

    Judith Johnsen

Leave Your Condolences

Make sure you enter the (*) required information where indicated. Basic HTML code is allowed.