Julie Louise Shawn Stites Thompson

September 27, 1948November 16, 2021


Julie Thompson, 73, died November 16, 2021 in Harrisonburg, VA. A daughter of the late Henry and Joy Stites, she was born on September 27, 1948 in St. Louis, MO. She was a well-loved grandmother, mother, partner, sister, and friend.

Julie graduated from Appalachian State University in Boone, NC with a degree in social work. She worked many years as Director of Client Services for Oasis, Inc., a women’s crisis clinic in Boone, NC, before sharing her enthusiasm for life with children at Boone United Methodist Preschool and as a children's librarian at the Watauga County Library.

Surviving are two sons, Shawn Thompson and his family, Shannon Thompson and his family; and one daughter, Mikaela Jenny Wilkinson and her family; her partner John Callahan; three sisters, Sally Schroer, Sher Schroer, and Marcy Stites; and one brother, Andy Stites. She especially loved her five grandchildren, Makenzie, Ella, Lucas, Addison, and Theo. She was preceded in death by one sister, Suzy Taylor. Julie, loved by all who met her, had many close friends in the high country that she would call family as well.

Her body will be cremated at Lindsey Funeral Homes & Crematory. Memorial services will be held next spring.

Memorial contributions may be sent to Oasis, Inc. at or by check to P.O. Box 1591, Boone, NC 28607.

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  • Memorial Services Will Be Held Next Spring.


Julie Louise Shawn Stites Thompson

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Lesley MacVane ( Abbott)

November 29, 2021

My heart is so sad. I loved Julie and your family and hold dear the times our two families spent together. I am glad she found happiness with Jack and I am thankful I was able to talk with her one last time . Sending love to you all.

Judith Winecoff

November 24, 2021

I remember Julie at the Watauga County Library dearly. She had a joyful laugh that would linger in the library. She loved our youthful patrons and charmed them with stories and songs at story time, she will be missed.

Kindred Hospice Team

November 19, 2021

Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this most difficult time.
Sending our heartfelt condolences,

The Kindred Hospice Team