Tony Allen Thompson, age 64 of Tazewell, VA died Friday, July 14, 2017 at his home surrounded by his wife and family. He was born May 28, 1953 at Tazewell, VA and was a son of Annie Elizabeth Kitts Thompson of Tazewell, VA and the late Richard Elmore Thompson.
Tony was a hard worker; he started working on the J.K. Short Dairy Farm when he was in the sixth grade. He worked there until he became a Distributive Education Student in high school and began working at the former Greever Hardware and Greever Funeral Home. He spent a lot of time on the farm in Tannersville with his friend, Mike. He showed Roadster Ponies for seven years.
Tony was a Tazewell High School Graduate, Class of 1972. When the Greever family sold the hardware store and funeral home, Tony went to work for Carbide Tool for a short time then he changed careers and began working for Abbs Valley Electric as a motor assembler. Tony then worked for over twenty years at Southern Electric and Machine Company (SEMCO) in Narrows, before his battle with cancer forced his retirement.
Tony was a New York Yankees Fan and Pittsburg Steelers Fan and was the proud owner of his own "Terrible Towel", but the towel he was most proud of was the one his minister gave him when he was baptized with "Servant" embroidered on it along with a Certificate of Baptism. Tony was a member of Chestnut Grove Christian Church and was a true servant of God; he loved studying the Lord's Word and leading the Church in the opening service on the first Sunday of the month and tried to make every Church function. He loved his family dearly, praying that one day they would find God and His love for them and the joy of being in His service.
In the summer of 2016, during their 40th Wedding Celebration, Tony asked his wife, Christine Cook Thompson, to marry him again; she accepted. Tony was the best husband, son, brother and friend anyone could have and he will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.
In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by his sister-in-law, Kathy Sargent Thompson; several uncles; aunts; cousins.
In addition to his mother, Ann Thompson and companion, Dexter Keen, those who survive to cherish his memory include his loving wife of forty-one years, Christine Cook Thompson; his brother, Terry Wayne Thompson and fiance', Karen McKinney; his sister, Barbara Lester and husband, Roscoe, both of Tazewell, VA; brothers-in-law, Herman Cook and wife, Helen and Rick Cook and wife, Sheila; nephews, T.J. Thompson and companion, Brittany Tucci, Jeffrey Thompson and wife, Beth, Colton Cook and wife, Lauren; nieces, Amanda Zivic and husband, Michael, Olivia Keffer and husband, Ross, Machelle Cook and Bridget Cook; great nieces and nephews, twins: Landon and Lillyana Thompson, Kaine Cook, Braylen Locke, Aarilynn Locke, Jackson and Kensington Zivic; his fur babies that he loved and took such special care of, Buddy, Blue and Mia (itty bitty purity kitty), several aunts; several loved cousins and many other family members and friends also survive.
Funeral services for Tony Allen Thompson will be conducted at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, July 18, 2017 at the Hurst-Scott Funeral Home Chapel in Tazewell, VA with Ministers Lee Blackburn and Ronnie Mullins officiating. Burial will follow at Grandview Memory Gardens in Bluefield, VA. Pallbearers will be Mike Monk, T.J. Thompson, Jeffrey Thompson, Stephen Kouchensky, Colton Cook, Rick Cook, Herman Cook and Bill Waddell. Honorary pallbearers will be Terry Thompson, Ron Monk, Dexter Keen, Roscoe Lester, his Church family at Chestnut Grove Christian Church and his friends at SEMCO.
The family received friends at the funeral home from 6 - 9 p.m. Monday, July 17, 2017.
In addition to floral tributes, the family requests memorial donations be made to: Chestnut Grove Christian Church - Meals on Wheels Program, c/o Lee and Tamara Blackburn, 259 Blackberry Lane, Tazewell, VA 24651.
Hurst-Scott Funeral Home in Tazewell, VA is serving the family of Mr. Thompson and those wishing to express sympathy online may do so at www.hurstscottfuneralhomes.com.
Published on July 17, 2017