He was born May 23, 1929. He was the son of the late Carley and Gladys Thompson and is also preceded in death by a loving brother, Austin.
He served in the Army, attended Purdue University and he worked in the pump industry for 40 years in fluid hydraulics as a marketing and sales engineer.
He is survived by his wife Joyce Darnell Thompson of the home in Rabun Gap, stepson Vancil Garner Jr. of Jupiter Florida, stepdaughter Mrs. Cami Hopper of Clayton, two step-grandchildren, Zackery and Adam Hopper of Clayton, two sisters, Anna Riggs of Sterling, Colorado and Carol Blunk of Sacramento, California.
At the wishes of Mr. Thompson, he was cremated and there will be no services.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society 2565 Thompson Bridge Rd. Suite 114 Gainesville, Georgia 30501, or The American Heart Association, P.O. Box 409410 Atlanta, Georgia 30384-9410
Beck Funeral Home, Clayton, is in charge of the arrangements. If there are any questions, please call 706-782-9599. An online Memorial Register Book is available at www.beckfuneralhome.com.