Shirley Ann Thompson Meggs, 90, of Clarkton, N.C., died peacefully at the Angel House of the Lower Cape Fear Hospice on May 8, 2019.
Shirley was born January 21, 1929 to Iver Lafayette Thompson and Mary Elizabeth Worley Thompson of Clarkton. She had a younger brother, I.L. Thompson Jr. (Sonny, deceased) and an older brother, Kenneth Thompson (died in childbirth) and two younger sisters, Joyce Thompson Edwards (deceased) and Alice Thompson Gunter of Clarkton, N.C.
She was married to the late Ray Whitney Meggs of Clarkton, whom she met in school. They were married for 28 years. She is survived by a loving son, Jerry Marshall Meggs (Yvette) of Raleigh, N.C., and a loving daughter, Mary Elizabeth Jones (Sonny) of Elizabethtown, N.C.
Shirley adored her granddaughter Holly Burroughs and her husband, Kevin, of Wake Forest, N.C., and her two grandsons, Whit Meggs of Las Vegas, Nevada, and Ray Jones of Elizabethtown, N.C. She also adored her great-grandson, Andrew Burroughs. She would tell you all about them. She had several nieces and nephews and their families that she thought the world of.
After graduating from Clarkton High School, Shirley attended Mercy School of Nursing in Charlotte, N.C. She was a registered nurse for more than 40 years serving in the Charlotte area for two years, Columbus County Hospital in labor and delivery, the doctors’ offices of Dr. Baldwin and Dr. John Francis Munroe and retired from the Bladen County Health Department. She admittedly loved every second of nursing and would gladly tell you stories of her nursing career with seriousness and humor.
Shirley was a lifelong learner. She traveled with the Evans/Lennon families, the Golden Girls and her family, learning and seeing all parts of our world. She rode a camel in India, floated in the Dead Sea, visited the Eiffel Tower and spent time in almost every state in the U.S. She was an avid reader, enjoying and learning from books of all kinds, including the Bible. The last book she read was “Where the Crawdads Sing” and recommended reading it.
She learned about cooking from her mother and would get recipes from cookbooks in order to prepare delicious meals for her family and friends. She learned about cleaning while at Mercy School of Nursing and she did it well. She learned from television and enjoyed watching “Days of Our Lives” and several reality shows. And, most importantly, she learned from people all over the world. She loved all people because she knew that God loved everyone.
Shirley was a member of Hope and Faith Sunday School Class at First Baptist Church Clarkton. She loved being with the people in her class and church while learning about the word of God.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Baptist Church of Clarkton or a charity of your choice. Shirley would want you to thank a nurse for the job they do.
A celebration of Shirley’s life will be held on Monday, May 13 at 11 am at First Baptist Church in Clarkton with visitation to follow.