Brantley Funeral Home

6875 Cockrum Street, Olive Branch, MS


Shirley P. Thompson

October 24, 1931March 7, 2020

Shirley P. Thompson, 88, went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, March 7, 2020 surrounded by her family at Methodist Hospice in Memphis, TN. She was born on October 24, 1931 to the late John Edward and Willie Lora Polsdorfer. Shirley was a dedicated member of Emory Methodist Church. Her favorite pastimes were cooking, reading, quilting and gardening. She enjoyed spending time with her family, and her contagious smile and loving heart will be missed dearly. Along with her parents, Shirley was preceded in death by her first love of 32 years, Wallace Edward Briscoe, and her second loving husband of 17 years, Curtis Thompson, and a sister, Mary L. Taggart. Survivors include five children, Belinda Beasley (Robert), Debbie Mathews, Mary Lorraine Briscoe, Ellen R. Taylor, and Wallace Briscoe; four step children, Tim Thompson, Tommy Thompson, Helen Stewart, and Betsy Payne. She also leaves behind 9 grandchildren, Beth Pearson (Walt), Anne Mathews, Stuart Mathews (Brooke), Brooks Mathews (Laura Kate), Robert E. Beasley, Daniel Tiner (Kandace), Rachel Tiner, Blake Tiner, Jacob Briscoe, and 5 great grandchildren, Robert Pearson, Ben Pearson, Rhett Mathews, Molly Mathews and Jackson Mathews. In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorial contributions be made in Mrs. Shirley’s Memory to Methodist Healthcare Foundation-Hospice Residence or Red Banks Cemetery Association. A funeral service will be held on Thursday, March 12, 2020 at 11:00 am with visitation beginning at 10:00 am at Brantley Funeral Home, 6875 Cockrum St. Olive Branch, Ms 38654. Burial will follow at Red Banks Cemetery.


  • Belinda Beasley (Robert), Child
  • Debbie Matthews, Child
  • Mary Lorraine Briscoe, Child
  • Ellen R. Taylor, Child
  • Wallace Briscoe, Child
  • Tim Thompson, Step Child
  • Tommy Thompson, Step Child
  • Helen Stewart, Step Child
  • Betsy Payne, Step Child
  • Beth Pearson (Walt), Grandchild
  • Anne Matthews, Grandchild
  • Stuart Matthews (Brook), Grandchild
  • Brooks Matthews (Laura Kate), Grandchild
  • Robert E. Beasley, Grandchild
  • Daniel Tiner (Kandace), Grandchild
  • Rachel Tiner, Grandchild
  • Blake Tiner, Grandchild
  • Jacob Briscoe, Grandchild
  • Robert Pearson, Great Grandchild
  • Ben Pearson, Great Grandchild
  • Rhett Matthews, Great Grandchild
  • Molly Matthews, Great Grandchild
  • Jackson Matthews, Great Grandchild
  • Along with her parents, John Edward and Willie Lora Polsdorfer, Shirley was preceded in death by her first love of 32 years, Wallace Edward Briscoe, and her second loving husband of 17 years, Curtis Thompson, and a sister, Mary L. Taggart.

  • Methodist Healthcare Foundation-Hospice Residence
  • Red Banks Cemetery Association



  • Visitation Thursday, March 12, 2020
  • Funeral Service Thursday, March 12, 2020


  • Committal Service


Shirley P. Thompson

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Daren Marshall

March 11, 2020

Ellen and Family,
So very sorry about the loss of your mother, grandmother and friend. May her loving
memories comfort you always. May the Faith share bring you peace. May her loving smile shine down on you each morning. Know many have you in their thoughts and prayers. May God keep each of you in his loving care.
With Deepest Sympathy and Prayers

Tommy Thompson

March 10, 2020

We loved Miss Shirley's reaction when we gave a copy of this picture of Jo Joe and Jenny Lynn. She said it looked as if the two of them were watching a ball game or something. She keep the picture on her wall for many years. Jo Joe has passed and little Jenny Lynn is now 17. Just one of our many memories.
We love you Miss Shirley and will miss you dearly, and one day look forward to seeing you again.

All our love,
Tommy & Lorraine

Tim Thompson

March 10, 2020

Will always remember this sweet second love of my dad’s life. She came into his life at a time that seemed perfect for the both of them. They needed each other, and whether we knew or not we needed her. She accepted us with open arms and didn’t try to take the place of our mother. (who’s loss was very hard on all of us) just loved us even with all our many flaws. She was known to us as Mrs. Shirley and to my grandson Cole as Mawmaw T. I wish Henry could have known her as well. We will miss you Mrs. Shirley and love you always.
Tim and Sheila