Marjorie Shores Pike (also known by her family as "sweetheart") age 90, died on January 16, 2018 at NHC Assisted Living in Franklin, TN.
Marjorie was born in Praco, AL to the Reverend John M. and Tempe Flowers Shores. She had two sisters and one brother. She is survived by her younger sister, Carolyn Shores Wright of Huntsville, AL.
Marjorie had the good fortune of meeting the love of her life and future husband, John Emory Pike, on a blind date. He told her on the first date he would marry her. While she was skeptical, he was a man of his word. They loved each other through World War II and were married in 1950.
During their 49 years together, John and Marjorie lived in Alabama, Missouri, Kentucky, and finally setting in Springfield, Tennessee.
After starting their family, Marjorie longed to continue her education. She returned to college at Austin Peay State University while her children were still in middle school. Over the ensuing years, she received her Bachelor's Degree, Master's Degree and Ed.S Degree in Education and Library Science. She found a job she loved as the Librarian at Greenbrier High School where she worked for many years. During her time at Greenbrier, she became focused on improving the working conditions for Tennessee teachers. Through this work, she was elected President of the Tennessee Education Association. After several hard fought political battles, she and her TEA colleagues were instrumental in establishing the Career Ladder System for teachers pay, and additional pay for Tennessee teachers who achieved National Board Certification. Many teachers still benefit from these initiatives.
Marjorie was a devout Methodist (following her father's lead), being a member of Springfield First United Methodist Church, and was a fighter for the underdog, and her causes she believed (in her mother's footsteps). She was a very proud 'yellow dog Democrat' until the day she died.
Marjorie was preceded in death by her parents, siblings, Heth and John, and her beloved husband, John Emory.
Marjorie's children, John Pike (Gail Hoffman) of Alexandria, VA; Honey Pike (Tina Bozeman) of Boston, MA; Prissy Pike Chilcutt (Sam) of Cross Plains, TN, and Molly Pike of Franklin, TN would like to extend their thanks to the staff at NHC Cool Springs, for the kind, patient, and loving care they gave their mother. In addition to her children, Marjorie is survived by three grandsons, Will Chilcutt (Hui) Of Fairfax, VA; Dean Chilcutt (Cameo) of Chicago, IL, and Jack Chilcutt of Nashville, TN, and one granddaughter, Wesley Pike of Chattanooga, TN. Marjorie was especially proud of her two great granddaughters, Ibiza and Nadia Chilcutt of Fairfax, VA.
A celebration of Marjorie's life and visitation with the family will be held at the Robertson County Funeral Home in Springfield, TN on Saturday, February 24, 2018 from 1 until 3 pm. In lieu of flowers, the family ask that you make a donation to a charity of your choice.
Celebration of Life
FEB 24. 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Robertson County Funeral Home
2201 Memorial Blvd.
Springfield, TN, US, 37172