Bill Thompson

Jan 13, 2014

1931 — 2014

CANTON — William Kiah “Bill” Thompson Sr., 82, passed away Monday, Jan. 13, 2014 at Silver Bluff Nursing Home.

A native of Haywood County, he was the son of the late Theodore and Georgia Cook Thompson.  He retired from Champion International in 1994 with 40 years of service.  Bill was a member of Morning Star United Methodist Church and showed his love of his church by singing in the choir and holding many offices.  After retiring from Champion, Bill worked at Wells Funeral Home.  He was a U.S. Air Force veteran. Bill was a member of the Gideon International – Haywood East Camp.

He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Jane Rhodarmer Thompson; a son, William K. “Buster” Thompson Jr., and his wife, Ruth, of Cullowhee; a daughter, Betsy Stephens and her husband, David, of Concord; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 15 at the Canton Chapel of Wells Funeral Home with the Revs. Doug Love and Dr. Bert Blomquist officiating.  Burial will follow at Morning Star Community Cemetery.  The family will receive friends from noon to 2 p.m. prior to the service.

Memorials may be made to Morning Star Cemetery Fund, P.O. Box 1746, Canton, NC  28716 or to Morning Star United Methodist Church General Fund, 2535 Dutch Cove Road, Canton, NC  28716.

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