The funeral service will be conducted at 2:00 P.M., Sunday, February 8, 2015 at Brown Chapel A.M.E. Church, Pineville Road, Buena Vista, Georgia. Interment will follow in Mt. Zion Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery.
Johnny Thompson was born on June 19, 1955 to the parentage of the late George and Virginia Golden Thompson, third among the six children. When he was around, though he never said much, he would often smile and laugh, bringing joy and happiness to the conversation. His devotion to family became evident at an early age when both parents passed away. His grandparents, Julia “Aunt Julia” Golden Raymond and Felton “Uncle Felton” Raymond (both deceased), accepted responsibility to care for their grandchildren.
Being one of the oldest, Johnny, along with his older brother, Willie “Bud” Thompson (deceased), and older sister, Gerry, shared responsibility to care for the three younger siblings: Ed, Nell, and Bo. He did not take his responsibly lightly; he began working odd jobs on farms to help provide for the family. He never seemed to regret his decision to help make things just a little better for his grandparents and siblings.
Johnny attended Marion County public schools. Following his formal education, he worked for many years in the pulpwood and manufactured housing industries. Johnny was well known as a hard worker and for being on-time, though he never possessed a driver’s license. He was not one to make excuses or ask for much help. Even if his ride didn’t come on time, he would start walking to work, regardless of how far it was. Then, after a long hard work day, he started walking from town to home, even if no one offered him a ride. That’s what you call a “dedicated man”.
Johnny leaves to honor and cherish his memory: four siblings, Geraldine “Gerry” Daniel (the late Arthur) of Buena Vista, Georgia; Edward “Ed” (Merlene) Thompson of Monroe, North Carolina; Vanilla “Nell” Thompson of Charlotte, North Carolina, and Rayford “Bo” Thompson, Sr. also of Buena Vista, Georgia; three nieces, six nephews, two great nieces, and one great great nephew, along with a host of cousins, neighbors and friends.