James H. (John) Thompson, a beloved father, friend and minister, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Tuesday, December 3, 2019. After a brave fight with ALS, John, a resident of Gilbert, West Virginia, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family and friends. He was 75.
John was born March 1, 1944, in Chattaroy, West Virginia to James H. and Edna Maye (Frangowlakis) Thompson. He grew up in Chattaroy surrounded by his parents’ large and loving families, including twelve aunts and uncles. After graduating from Chattaroy High School, he followed much of his family to Ohio where he started his service at Salem Baptist Church, Columbus, Ohio. John enjoyed leading as Youth minister and as Outreach Director by helping the church grow through its bus ministry. After being led by the Lord to serve as a minister, John moved to Fort Worth, Texas to attend Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Upon receiving his degree, John returned home to Chattaroy as the Pastor of Chattaroy Missionary Baptist Church. His work at Chattaroy led him to missions work through the Coalfield Association of Southern Baptists and Pastor to Gilbert Creek Baptist Church. There, John helped the needy in the community through a clothing, food and supply outreach program. Churches all over the East Coast gave to the Association to assist John in these outreach programs for the people of the Gilbert Creek area.
John is survived and deeply missed by his three daughters, Jacqueline Shai (Michael) King of Goose Creek, South Carolina, Samantha Otto of Spring Hill, Kansas, and Edna (Mark Mitchell) Thompson of Williamson, West Virginia. He is survived by three grandchildren: Mercedes (Austin Webster) Thompson, Zachary King, and Mason Otto; and, one great grandchild, Brantley Webster.
John is also survived by his extended family, Rhonda Robinette, Thomas Trent, Kayla (Greg) Hurley, Cash and Macy Hurley; Kirsten (Shane) Christian, Stevie Dawn (Trevor) Cline, and Easton Cline, all of Gilbert, West Virginia.
John was preceded in death by his parents, his sister, Minnie Belle Coburn, and his grandmother, Mattie Hatfield Varney.
A funeral service will be held at Mounts Funeral Home, 224 4th Avenue, Gilbert, West Virginia on Wednesday, December 11, 2019, at 3:00 p.m. Visitation will begin at 2:00 p.m., prior to the service. Interment will be at Northlawn Memory Gardens, 7060 OH-3, Westerville, OH 43082 on Thursday, December 12, 2019.
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