John Ephriam Thompson, 90, of Pearisburg, died Sunday morning, June 10, 2012 at Riverview Nursing Home in Rich Creek. Born in Bane, Giles County on August 3, 1921, he was a son of the late Fred Cunningham Thompson, Sr. and Molly Jane Woodyard Thompson. He was a member of the 1940 graduating class at Pearisburg High School (the first in the new High School building), was retired from the Celanese Celco Plant, was a veteran of the U S Army, WW II, and was a life member of the American Legion and VFW. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Juanita, his son Jack Thompson, his daughter Lois Jane Davis, his brother Joe Thompson, his sisters Lucy Martin and Nancy Harrell.
He leaves to cherish his memory his sons and daughters-in-law Thomas R. and Charlotte Thompson of Richmond, John F. and Janice Thompson of Pembroke, Dolores Thompson of Pearisburg; his daughter Iretta Faye and husband Danny Benafield of Little Rock, Arkansas; his brother Jack Thompson of Salem, his sister Pat Whittaker of Princeton, WV, his eight grandchildren, his eight great-grandchildren, his step-children Charles and Judy Dent of Peterstown, WV, Vickie Faulkner of Wikle, WV, Connie and Raymond Austin of Clifton Forge; his eight step-grandchildren; and his ten step-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday at 2:00 pm in the Kendall Funeral Home, 605 Snidow St., Pembroke with burial following in Birchlawn Burial Park in Pearisburg. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Tuesday evening from 6 until 8 pm. Graveside military rites will be performed by local American Legion and VFW Posts. Online condolences may be sent by visiting kendallfuneralhome.com.