Saturday, May 9, 2015

Lewis Randolph Thompson

Lewis Randolph Thompson, age 75, passed away peacefully at home with his family by his side on Friday morning, May 8, 2015. He was preceded in death by his parents, Hassell and Judith Thompson, and two sisters, Jean Peters and Judy Miller. He is survived by his loving wife of 30 years, Louise G. Thompson; four children and their spouses: daughter Lisa (Steve) Helms; son Travis (Cheryl) Thompson; son Tater (Robin) Thompson; and daughter Jackie (Barthel) Padgett. He was also blessed with his precious grandchildren: Brian (Shelia) Helms, Jarrad (Megan) Helms, Jordan Helms, Victoria Helms, Stephanie Helms, John Kiker, Matt (Tressa) Kiker, Amber Thompson, Jacqueline Thompson, Dustin Thompson, Jacob Thompson, and Carly Thompson. More blessings include his 4 great-grandchildren: Matthew, Hunter, Ethan, and Tucker Helms. Other survivors include a niece, Jennifer Eggers; nephews, Frankie Peters, Davie Peters, Stevie Peters, and John Miller; and a special aunt, Aleen T. Wade.

Lewis was owner and operator of Simmons Grocery for thirty-five years, and spent the past four years as a bus driver for Floyd County Public Schools. He was a Virginia Tech graduate and an avid supporter of the Floyd County sports program. His enthusiasm and passion were evident as he showed up to cheer for his Buffaloes. Lewis loved watching his grandkids play sports, and could somehow manage to show up for three games in different locations at the same time. He enjoyed bluegrass music and also loved spending time working in his yard and garden, generously sharing the fruits of his labors with his friends and neighbors.

He loved the Lord and his church family, and we take comfort in knowing that Lewis is in the presence of his Heavenly Father, as His Word assures us, “Be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.”

A celebration of Lewis’ life will be held at Pleasant Valley Church of the Brethren, 3883 Alum Ridge Road, Floyd, on Monday, May 11 at 2:00 p.m. with Pastors Roy Turpin and Frankie Peters officiating. Interment will follow at the Thompson Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the church on Sunday evening from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. 
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