Shirley Louise (Stepp) Pittillo

shirley (stepp) pittillo

March 10, 1947 ~ August 10, 2021

Born in: Haywood County, North Carolina
Resided in: Fletcher, North Carolina

Shirley Louise (Stepp) Pittillo, 74, of Fletcher, died Tuesday, August 10, 2021 in her residence with her family by her side.

Born in Haywood County, she was the wife of Danny Pittillo of Fletcher, and the daughter of the late Burgin and Blanche (Waldrop) Stepp. She was also preceded in death by one brother and three sisters.

She enjoyed being a homemaker and loved her family deeply. She will be missed by those whose lives she touched.

In addition to her husband of more than 50 years, she is survived by a son, Everett Pittillo of Black Mountain; a daughter, Becky Maxwell (John) of Asheville; six grandchildren: Sydney Louise Pittillo, Annabella Rose Pittillo, Daniel Joseph Pittillo, Dana Maxwell Paez, Leslie Maxwell, and Aaron Maxwell; four great-grandchildren: Thomas, Eleanor, Rileigh, and Lilly; one brother, Gary Burgin Stepp; one sister, Cathey Mortier; and a special daughter-in-law, Michelle Nelson.

A funeral service will be held at 1:30 PM on Friday, August 13, 2021 at Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian with Rev. Carl Stepp officiating. Burial will follow in Bethany Cemetery. Friends will be received one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian is assisting the family.


For those who wish to pay their respects: August 13, 2021 12:30 pm - July 19, 2024 1:30 pm

Room: Chapel

Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian
72 Long Shoals Road
Arden, NC 28704


Funeral Service: August 13, 2021 1:30 pm - July 19, 2024 2:30 pm

Room: Chapel

Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian
72 Long Shoals Road
Arden, NC 28704


Graveside Service: August 13, 2021 3:00 pm

Bethany United Methodist Church Cemetery
212 Bethany Church Road
Fairview, NC 28730

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  1. Shirley was a wonderful person… never complained.. always thought of others.. loved her family…took care of Danny …

  2. Nobody can understand the hurt Danny is going thru, unless you have been in his shoes, We will all love an miss her.

  3. Cookie, as we knew her, was like a second mother to me and the most beautiful friend I’ve ever known. She was extremely special to my husband and I and she will be very missed. The only comfort I can find is knowing she flies with the angels now and has no more pain. I will always love you!

  4. Thoughts and Prayers Danny & Everett
    May God’s peace and love be with you. So sorry for your loss.

  5. I never had the pleasure of meeting Shirley but I thoroughly enjoy hearing stories about Sweet Cookie. She sounds like a beautiful person inside and out. Keeping all of you in my thoughts and prayers.

  6. Danny so sorry for your loss.Prayers for u and the family. Bobby ,Barbara and myself will keep u in our prayers. Love Mary Buckner Haney

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