Thompson, Shirley Edward

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Shirley Edward Thompson, 74, of Chesapeake Beach passed away March 2, 2013. He was born September 10, 1938 in Floyd, VA to J. Murphy and Annie May (Hale) Thompson.

Shirley was raised in Floyd and attended Floyd County High School, graduating in 1956. After high school, Shirley attended Ferrum College where he studied business. Shirley moved to Calvert County in 1958 and has been a resident of Chesapeake Beach for the past twenty years. Shirley worked with his brother, Earl Thompson at Thompson Lumber Company located in Sunderland. He and Earl later became partners and operated the business together.

After his retirement from the lumber company, Shirley was a real estate developer and investor. He was a member of the Calvert Elk Lodge 2620, Calvert County Sportsman Club, and the Moose Lodge in St. Mary’s County. Shirley was an avid Washington Redskins fan, and also enjoyed NACSAR, playing cards and fishing.

Shirley was preceded in death by his parents, a brother Earl M. Thompson, a sister Mary Williams and her husband Gene, and a brother-in-law Ernie Fentress. He is survived by his devoted long-time companion Carolyn R. Jackson, a sister Louise Fentress of Christiansburg, VA, and brothers Newell Thompson and wife Verda Mae of King George, VA, Dorsey Thompson and wife Louise and Gene Thompson and wife Hazel, all of Floyd, VA. He is also survived by a sister-in-law Eula Thompson of Huntingtown, and by numerous nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will be received Thursday, March 7 from 2-4 and 7-9 PM at Rausch Funeral Home, P.A., 8325 Mt. Harmony Lane, Owings. A Celebration of Shirley’s Life will be held Friday, March 8, 2013 at 11:00 AM at Huntingtown United Methodist Church.

A visitation will also take place Sunday, March 10, 2013 from 1-2 PM at Gardner Funeral Home, 202 East Oxford Street, Floyd, VA 24091, with a funeral service at 2:00 PM with Elder Alan Terry officiating. Interment will follow in Jacksonville Cemetery in Floyd.

Memorial donations in Shirley’s honor may be made to Calvert Elks Lodge 2620, 1015 Dares Beach Road, Prince Frederick, MD 20678 or to Calvert Hospice, P.O. Box 838, Prince Frederick, MD 20678, online at To leave condolences visit