He was the husband of Edith Denton Thompson for 61 years and son of the late Otto and Mamie McMurry Thompson.
He was a member of Morgan Chapel Baptist Church and retired from Southern Mercerizing after 48 years.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, Gerald Thompson; two daughters, Diane Arnett (Bucky) and Joyce Scoggins (Phil) of Campobello; a sister, Ruth Foster of Columbus; seven grandchildren, James Thompson (Jennifer), Joann Randolph (Shannon), Brent and Lucas Scoggins and Garrison, Ivy and Jeffrey Arnett.
He was predeceased by two brothers, Waitsel and Claude Thompson and a sister, Ollie Luther.
The family will receive friends from 2-4 p.m. Sunday at Petty Funeral Home. Funeral services will follow at 4 p.m. at the funeral home, conducted by Rev. Tom Frady and Mr. Phil Scoggins.&bsp; Burial will be in Polk Memorial Gardens.
Memorials may be made to Morgan Chapel Baptist Church, P. O. Box 644, Tryon, N.C. 28782 or to Hospice of the Carolina Foothills, 130 Forest Glen Drive, Columbus, N.C. 28722.
The family is at the home.
Petty Funeral Home and Crematory of Landrum is in charge of arrangements.
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