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My page has turned. The huge living chapter is closed. Now, a brand new page for me unfolds, and my new page will never turn, nor for the old page will I yearn, for my new page is Heaven; you see, I’m home with Jesus for eternity.
Some of you perhaps may weep because my eyes are closed in eternal sleep, but my beloved wife, Thelma, and children, Anita, Ronnie, and Rochelle, I know that I go to a world far above to be with others that I love. I shall wait a while in that heavenly place until the day we shall meet again. The sand of time has run low and now my family, I must go. My heart is filled with love for you. I have lived a full and joyful life, thus, my permission is given to celebrate this Home Going Service.
Johnnie Thompson entered this life on January 10, 1930, in Walterboro, South Carolina. He peaceably transitioned into the presence of God on October 11, 2023. Johnny was the son of the late Norman and Minnie Bell Thompson of Walterboro, South Carolina. To this union, 13 children were born, all preceding Johnnie in eternal rest.
Time would not allow us to list all of the accomplishments and services of Mr. Johnnie Thompson on this page, but to name a few, Mr. Thompson was educated in the public schools of Colleton County, South Carolina. Upon graduation he went into the United States Army. Mr. Thompson is a distinguished Army Armored Tank Platoon Sergeant, and a Korean War Veteran. He further received the Korean Presidential Citation, a Bronze Star, and the United States Army Commendation for his services. Mr. Thompson was a huge advocate for education and holds an A.D. in public services and criminal justice from Palmer College. Upon returning home from the military, Johnnie proceeded to dedicate his life to family, church and the city of Walterboro. Johnnie was a member of Mount Olive Baptist Church in Walterboro and attended until health disabled his presence. Perhaps, Mr. Thompson is mostly known for his dedicated and untiring services on the Walterboro City Council where he served for 28 years from 1979 to 2007, and made tremendous contributions to make a better life for citizens of Walterboro. He also served on the Walterboro-Colleton Airport Commission during this time. From 1991 until 1995, he further served as Mayor Pro tem of Walterboro. Mr. Thompson is a member of the Hiram E. Mann Chapter TAI, and was instrumental in the establishment of the Tuskegee Airmen Monument located at the Lowcountry Regional Airport. Mr. Thompson’s desire and passion was “To serve the people of Walterboro and to make this city a better place to live.” Mr. Thompson was given the first Citizen of the Year Award in 2011 to honor his many contributions to the city of Walterboro. Mr. Thompson was presented a red rocker, the city’s symbol of hospitality.
Mr. Thompson was truly a family person. He loved his wife and children dearly while guiding, following and honoring their accomplishments. Many of them followed his paths and distinguished themselves in the service to our country as well.
Mr. Thompson leaves to cherish his precious memories his beloved wife, Mrs. Thelma Clemons Thompson,; three children, Anita P. Thompson, Glenn R. Thompson (Vanessa) of Charlotte, North Carolina and Rochelle Simmons; seven grandchildren, Yasmin Evans (Marvin) of Atlanta, Georgia, Sharminique Hamer (Brandon) of Loganville, Georgia, Tiyana Fryer of Ewa (pronounced Eva) Beach, Hawaii, Johni Thompson of Atlanta Georgia, Dion Pringle, Walterboro, South Carolina, Stacey Simmons, Walterboro, South Carolina, Nakeya Thompson, Charlotte, North Carolina and several great-grandchildren and a host of very special nieces, nephews, cousins, relatives, friends and associates