Shirley Jo Pyle Thompson Stackhouse, 89, of Washington Court House, Ohio died Thursday, November 24, 2022, at 6:45 p.m. at Court House Manor where she had been a patient since October 5.  She had been ill since August 4, 2022.

Shirley was born November 13, 1933, in a log cabin between two hills in Pike County, Ohio to Charles Clayton and Constance Gayle Keller Pyle.  She went to school in Beaver, Ohio until 1941, then moved to Washington Court House when she entered the third grade at Central Elementary.  She was a 1951 graduate of Washington High School where she was in the “Best Band in the Land” for four years as a snare drummer.  She was elected Homecoming Queen for the 1950-1951 school year.

Following graduation, she went to work at the Wright-Paterson Air Force Base where she met her first husband, Harold Myers Thompson.  Following the birth of two sons and her divorce, she returned to Washington Court House to work at National Cash Register.  She later worked part time at the Fayette County Treasurer’s office for ten years, before becoming a full-time mom.  Shirley then became involved with the Fayette County Special Olympics with her special needs son, Chuck.

Shirley was a member of the Grace United Methodist Church and loved to plant flowers and tomatoes.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Harold M. Thompson.  On November 20, 1959, she married John Irvin “Jack” Stackhouse.  He preceded her in death on January 28, 2006.  She was also preceded by her parents; a brother, Jack E. Pyle; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Dorothy D. “Dottie” and John Ervin and Constance M. “Connie” and Robert “Bud” Meriweather and a nephew, Dan Douglas Ervin and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

She is survived by four sons, David M. Thompson and his wife, Lisa, of Webster, NY, Brent A. Thompson of Cincinnati, Mark D. Stackhouse and his wife, Susan, and Charles E. (Chuck) Stackhouse, all of Washington Court House; four grandchildren, David M. Thompson, Jr., Kristina (Scott) Graham, Jennifer (Joel) Pomeroy and Jessica (Justin) Collier; eight great grandchildren; 13 nieces and nephews; two aunts, Joan Eisenaugle and Tootie Keller, both of Jackson; a cousin, Retired Admiral Stanley R. Arthur of Florida and many friends from the Class of 1951 and the Special Olympics.

In keeping with her wishes, cremation will take place.

Arrangements for a graveside service, to be held in the Washington Cemetery with Mell Wickensimer, director of visitation at the Grace United Methodist Church, officiating, will be announced by the Kirkpatrick Funeral Home in Washington Court House.

In lieu of flowers, friends are asked to contribute to the Fayette County Special Olympics, 1330 Robinson Road-SE, Washington Court House, Ohio 43160 or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, Tennessee 38105.

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  • Ruth Leisure says:

    I am so sorry for the loss of your mother,it’s so hard to lose a parent during the holidays Also I feel for the grandchildren it sounds like she was a fantastic grandmother that loved her grandchildren dearly. I personally know two of her granddaughters that I love dearly they were my neighbors and I grew to love them. One was my little chatter box. She loved showing me what she learned in gymnastics, my little tumbling sweetheart. Prayers for you and your family.