Shirley D. Thompson

August 2, 1939March 24, 2020

Shirley Thompson age 80, born in Hattiesburg, Mississippi on August 2, 1939 to the late J.C. Runnels and Ruby Lee Runnels, passed away on March 24, 2020. Preceding her in death are her parents, and one brother in law, Wilson Harold “Hal” Knight. Ms. Thompson is survived by her two sons, David G. (Kathryn) Thompson and Michael G. Thompson; two grandchildren, Harper and Helen Jane Thompson; and sister, Ruby Knight. Shirley was a great Southern cook, a perfectionist, and enjoyed helping others. She believed in hard work, love, and grace. She tried to do a good deed for someone every day. She had a forever lasting love for her friends and family and especially loved spending time with her grandchildren. Shirley enjoyed living in different parts of the country including Mississippi, Tennessee, Georgia, Michigan, Florida, and North Carolina. She also lived in Panama for a short period. Besides spending time with her family and traveling, Ms. Thompson loved being a mom to her two boys, playing cards, cooking, and she enjoyed crafts, decorating, antiquing, drawing and painting. She attended a two-year business course at the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg. She spent many years working as an office manager for a pulmonologist in Brunswick, Georgia, and she served in similar administrative roles for Saturn in Spring Hill and a large construction company working on-site with construction projects in Tennessee, Michigan, and North Carolina. Shirley was a well-loved mother, grandmother, and sister, and she will be dearly missed. A private graveside service will be held on Wednesday, April 1, 2020 at Woodlawn Memorial Park. Attendance at the graveside service is for the family only. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Thistle Farms, Inc., 5122 Charlotte Avenue, Nashville, TN 37209.


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Dolly Jane Prenzel

April 6, 2020

We will certainly miss Shirley at the Retired Teachers' Apartments in Green Hills! She was a friend to many and appreciated for her acts of kindness. Rest in Peace, Shirley. Godspeed.

Peggy Christopher

April 1, 2020

I'll miss Shirley. She and I shared some good times going for rides to check out vintage and antique stores for a few years after her most recent move to Nashville. These were occasions to reminisce about days gone by as we marveled at both the old days, and at how things had changed. I'll miss her laugh, and going out to lunch with her. She had an infectious laugh, and it always signalled she liked to have fun and share a good time.

Glynn Ingram

April 1, 2020

Today is a jarring day for me as I sit trying to understand why the death of Shirley has left me with such a profound sense of lost. I like to think that we have been good friends since I met her on the weekend that David and Kathryn married. Having grown up in Mississippi and Louisiana in the same chronological period, we often shared reminisces about what it was like to grow up in the rural south and I like to think we were each made a fuller person by our memories.

I suppose the thing Shirley and I enjoyed the most in our social life was having lunch together. She loved eating at places with varied dishes on the menu, presuming she could order a good stout cocktail to start the meal. Among the places she particularly enjoyed included Lulus, Puffy Muffin, California Pizza, and ETC. Shirley would laugh about our tip to California Pizza where she took a nose dive in the parking lot and ended up in a brief visit to the hospital. As Shirley remarked, anything for a little variety in your life.

In the past few months I came to see Shirley in a different light as she faced some serious physical problems. As her health declined I began visiting her either at home or in rehab, where we became more like soul-mates as we looked honestly at the approach of the big 80 and the medical problems we each faced. In what may have been the last lucid time time I had with Shirley she said she hoped David understood how much she loved him and how much she appreciated his generosity.

Stacey McGuinn

April 1, 2020

David, I first met your mom a couple of years ago. She was spunky and always had a smile. Always ready to work hard and “get PT over with” we could walk to the Farmers Market. She made me choose a few vegetables every-time to take home to my kids. I know she loved you and your girls, all 3 of them so very much. Kathryn, she spoke of you often and with such admiration. She spoke of how you were not only an amazing mother and wife, but such a force within your career. Sending you all much love. ❤️