Harold Edmond Thompson joined his loved ones in Heaven May 28, 2017 at the age of 71. He was born in Bland County, Virginia on November 3, 1945 to the late Ira "Woodrow" and Juanita Shaw Thompson.
A lifelong resident of Bland, he was a gifted and locally well remembered athlete in basketball and baseball in his younger years. He later continued his love and support of sports through his children and grandchildren. He was in the Army from 1966-1968 and served his country valiantly in a tour of duty in Vietnam. He returned home to work for a time on power line construction.
In 1969, he married Teresa McPeak and they made their home on Walkers Creek in the same area in which he was born. He also began his employment at Bland Correctional Center from which he retired many years later. While working full time at the correctional center, he farmed and attended night classes at Wytheville Community College and earned an Associate Degree in Criminal Justice.
After his retirement, much of his time and resources were joyfully spent on his grandchildren. His was a familiar face at the rec league and little league basketball and baseball games. He was an avid supporter of these programs.
In recent years and especially the last six months he suffered continually of complications from an injury he received in Vietnam. This was compounded by what he felt was a lack of care and concern by his healthcare providers, primarily the veteran's health care system. The pain tormented both his body and his mind. Only now do we know the extent.
All of his life, he was a planner, a provider and a hard worker. He made friends easily and knew many interesting and often funny stories. He was giving to family and to friends in need. He loved his family fiercely and completely. His last words before departing were of his love of his wife, children and grandchildren. He will be forever missed by those who knew and loved him.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, James Kelly "Tomcat" Thompson, and his beloved daughter, Melanie Ann Thompson.
He is survived by his wife, Teresa McPeak Thompson, sons Timothy Shane Thompson of Bland and Chad Edmond Thompson of Bristol, Virginia, grandsons Tyler Thompson and Tristen Thompson of Bland, granddaughters Tia Thompson, Radford, Virginia, and Cora Thompson, Bristol, Virginia, brother and sister-in-law Donald and Brenda Thompson, sister and brother-in-law Robin T. and Jerry James all of Bland. He is also survived by some special extended family and friends, nieces Tawny, Misty, and Holly, sister-in-law Paula Jane, and friend, Mike.
A memorial service will be held Sunday, June 4, 2017 at 5:00 P.M. at Central United Methodist Church, where he attended, with Rev. Kevin Richardson officiating. The family will receiver friends from 4:00 P.M. until service time, 5:00 P.M.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations be made to the Rec. League Sport of your choice in his honor.
The Thompson family is in the care of A. Vest & Sons Funeral Home, White Gate, avestandsons.com, (540) 921-2985.
Published on June 1, 2017