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Originally published: 2013-08-12 16:15:49
Last modified: 2013-08-12 16:15:49

James S. Thompson

Dr. James S. Thompson, of Linville Falls, died unexpectedly at his home early Monday morning.

He was born Nov. 19, 1945, to the late Sam and Sybil Ayers Thompson and was a 1964 graduate of Crossnore High School.

Thompson served four years in the Air Force before attending Lynchburg College and the Medical University of Virginia Dental School. He and his wife, Doris Franklin Thompson, returned to Avery County, where Thompson established a dental practice in 1977.

Thompson, or “Doc” as he is affectionately known, is survived by Dodie, his wife of 47 years; three sons and their families, James S. II (Jamey) Thompson, Beth, Abby and Anna, John Warren Thompson and Liz Trivette, Neil Tyler Thompson, Candi, and Allie, and exchange student son, Franck Van Der Bauwede. He also is survived by four brothers and their families, Marmon Thompson of Ingalls, Matthew Thompson of Salisbury, John Thompson, a twin brother of Dallas, Texas, and Wallace Thompson of Ingalls. Thompson also leaves a large family of in-laws, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Aside from his successful career, Thompson spent many years involved in numerous civic and church activities and philanthropic endeavors. From early days working with the Avery County Little League to recent years, coordinating the Linville Falls Scholarship fund, North Carolina Community Foundation, Linville Falls Community Church Building Committee, and Jonas Ridge Fire Department, his positive effects on the area are widespread and long-lasting.

Services are being handled by Webb Funeral Home in Spruce Pine where the family received friends 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, August 14, 2013. Memorial services were be conducted at the Linville Falls Community Church. Interment followed at Pisgah Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Linville Falls Community Church Building Fund.

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