James Franklin Thompson was born August 5, 1932 to the late Cleo and Rosa Lee Thompson. He was the oldest son of 12 children. The Angel of Mercy came for James on August 20, 2020. James was reared in Hayestown and graduated from Lake View Negro High School in 1952.
James was joined in holy matrimony to Burnie Jean Coleman on December 24, 1954. They were married for 63 years. From this union two children were born: James E (“Jim”) and Beverly Denise. James and his family relocated to Buﬀalo, New York in 1955. He was employed by General Motors for 25 years (1956-1981) and Laidlaw Bus Company for 19 years (1981-2000). James and his family joined New Hope Baptist Church in 1956 and was a member for 44 years. James served on the Male Choir, Trustee Board and Men’s Day Committee.
James and Burnie retired to Lake View in 2000. James renewed his membership at Little Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church and served as chairman of the Deacon Board, president of Male Chorus and several other duties. He also served on the board at the Pee Dee Missionary Baptist Association.
James leaves to cherish the memories of his life: Son: James E. Thompson of Myrtle Beach, SC; daughter: Beverly (Ernest) Mahan of Greensboro, NC; grandchildren: Corey (Shandra) Thompson of Huntersville, NC; John (Angel) Thompson of Buﬀalo, NY; Jeremiah Thompson of Myrtle Beach, SC; Jeana Thompson of Atlanta, GA; great grandchildren: Corey Jr, Chania, Cailyn, and John Jr; great-great grandchild: Cairis; Brothers: Grady (Rhonda) Thompson of Buﬀalo, NY; Robert (Rose) Thompson of Charleston, SC; Eugene Thompson of Lake View, SC; Sisters: Ceola Thompson of Brooklyn, NY; Sue (Lenue) Hayes of Lake View, SC; In-Laws: Gerry Thompson of Atlanta, GA; Celestine Johnson of Washington DC; Barbara Sillmon of Buﬀalo, NY; Virginia Coleman of Lake View, SC; Betty Coleman of Los Angeles, CA; Charles Fore of Marion, SC; Charles Johnson of Queens, NY; host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends; special friends: Vergie, Ruthie, Mildred and Mary Ann; goddaughter: Brittany Ford of Atlanta, GA.
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