John William Thompson, 101, of Pembroke departed this life Thursday, July 29, 2010 at Giles Community Hospital in Pearisburg. Born in Burkes Garden, Tazewell Co. on October 8, 1908, he was a son of the late John M. and Lucy Asbury Thompson. Mr. Thompson had been employed as a coal miner at Boissevain and was retired from National Gypsum Company at Goldbond. He was a Christian of the Baptist Faith and was instrumental with his wife and others in founding Castle Rock Baptist Church in Pembroke. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife Eileen Moser Thompson, his son Bobby Joe Thompson, his grandson Andy Thompson, and his great-great-granddaughters Hope Graham and Angela Estep.
He leaves to cherish his memory his sons and daughters-in-law William P. and Joyce Thompson of Milwaukee, WI, John Grady and Elva Thompson of Richmond, VA, Fred D. and Sue Thompson of Pembroke; his daughters and sons-in-law Nancy Ruth Porterfield of Gap Mills, WV, Shirley A. Williams of Christiansburg, Mildred Eileen and Freddie Ray Ratcliffe of Pembroke, Betty Lou and Jim Carter of Pembroke; his sisters Mary Purdy of NC, Margaret Crawford of Neours, Julie Pauley of Yards; his special friend Hazel Kirk; his twenty-three grandchildren, his forty-four great-grandchildren; and his nine great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be conducted Monday at 2:00 PM in the Kendall Funeral Home, 605 Snidow St, Pembroke with Pastor Eddie Kendall, Pastor Shahn Wilburn, and Pastor Rob Laugh officiating. Burial will follow in the Moser Cemetery at Goldbond. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Sunday evening from 6 to 8 PM. Online condolences may be sent by visiting kendallfuneralhome.com.