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John Edward Thompson Jr., age 73, of Mannington, went home to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Tuesday (April 18, 2017) at his residence.
He was born April 14, 1944, in Fairview, to the late John E. Thompson Sr. and Amy Louise Shreve Thompson Tolon. They later moved to Niles, Ohio.
John served his country in the U.S. Army for nearly 10 years, including a tour of Vietnam. He is a member of the UMW. He worked at Martinka Mines until its closing and a short period of time at Federal No. 2.
John is survived by his ex-wife and life companion/care-giver Judith P. Sloan Thompson. Judith and John have spent 45 years together. She has been his care-giver since an ATV accident that left him paralyzed in 1994.
He is also survived by three children, Joy Thompson Beveridge and husband Michael D. Beveridge Jr. of Mannington, Kimberly Ann Thompson DeWitt of Clarksburg, and Carl Ross Rice and wife Joyce Maxwell Rice of Mannington.
John also was blessed with eight beautiful grandchildren whom he loved dearly, CJ and Cayla Rice, Jeremy and Brittany DeWitt and Gabriel, Shelby, Abby and Lainie Beveridge.
He also leaves behind two sisters, Janice Thompson Moyers and husband Ron Moyers and Norma Jean Thompson Lee, and two brothers, Raymond Thompson and wife Geraldine, and Danny Ray Thompson, all of which reside in Texas.
John is preceded in death by both parents and a brother, Warren Thompson.
In addition to spending time with family, John enjoyed hunting, fishing and camping. He will be missed by his loved ones dearly. He is now enjoying walking after 25 years on streets of gold and rejoicing with our Lord.
The family wishes to thank West Virginia Caring Hospice for the fine care they gave John, especially nurse Becky, who became family to us, and to nurse Whitney, who helped us through a couple rough weekends. We will never forget your kindness.
Family and friends may call from 10-11:30 a.m. Monday at Masters Funeral Home, 209 Main St., Mannington, with funeral services beginning at 11:30 a.m. with Reverend Bud Stull and Revered Kenneth Stull officiating. John will be laid to rest at the West Virginia National Cemetery in Grafton. Full military rites will be accorded by U.S. Army and the Taylor County Honor Guard.
Online condolences may be made left for the family at www.mastersfuneralhomewv.com.
Published on April 23, 2017
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