Frederic Gene "Fred" Thompson
Apr 16, 2013
Frederic Gene \"Fred\" Thompson
April 16, 2013
Frederic Gene \"Fred\" Thompson, 80, of Athens, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, April 16, 2013, at his home, after being diagnosed in 2009 with P.S.P. (Progressive Supranuclear Palsy), a disease that has no cure.
A loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and uncle, he will be missed by all who knew him. A son of the late Charles Edward and Lida Mulliken Thompson, formerly of Indiana, he was preceded in death by his first wife of 45 years, Helen Gray Thompson; one brother, Richard Thompson, formerly of Indiana; his father-in-law, John H. Martin, formerly of New Hope, Ala.; and one sister-in-law, Frances Louise Thorson, formerly of Fayetteville.
He was a member of Marshall Hill Baptist Church, where he sang in the choir until he became sick. He formerly attended Old Pond Hill Baptist Church and attended First Christian Church of Cleveland while living in Cleveland.
He was born in Carroll County, Ky., then his family moved to Canaan, Ind., where he graduated from high school and married his first wife, Helen Gray Thompson.
He was a veteran of the Korean War, serving in the U.S. Navy from 1952 to 1956. He was appointed Electrician\'s Mate, Second Class. He received different certificates for courses taken while in the U.S. Navy.
The State of Indiana awarded him with a certificate of appreciation from the governor for his loyal and faithful service in the Armed Forces of the United States in the fight against communist aggression throughout the world. Also, the people of Indiana, through the governor, presented him with a certificate of recognition for his performance of the Highest Obligation of American Citizenship.
After leaving the Navy, he went to work for IBM as a engineer in Louisville, Ky., and, in 1960, he was transferred to Chattanooga. He bought a house in Cleveland for he and his family and lived there until he bought a farm and moved to McMinn County in 1975. He worked for IBM for 34 years and took an early retirement in 1991.
He and his first wife, Helen, went into business for themselves, raising exotic birds, for which they were known all over the United States. He loved the peacock birds and working on his farm and also loved square dancing.
He was a certified draftsman, having designed and built several homes and houseboats in the area.
His first wife, Helen, passed away in 2001 of cancer, after which he met his friend of 35 years, Dora Armstrong, whom he married in January 2002.
He was a member of Cleveland Lodge 134 F&AM as a 32nd degree Mason. He was a member of the Supreme Council 33 Degree, S.J., U.S.A., and a member of the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, S.J., U.S.A., Valley of Chattanooga, Orient of Tennessee Valley.
Survivors include his wife, Dora Armstrong Thompson of Athens; three sons and daughters-in-law, Gene and Kay Thompson of Cleveland, Jeff and Teresa Thompson of Athens, and Bryan and Terresa Thompson of Chattanooga; two stepdaughters and one son-in-law, Diane Armstrong of Championsgate, Fla., and Kellie Armstrong Behe and Tom Behe of The Woodlands, Texas; five grandchildren, Jenny Thompson of Nashville, Taylor Thompson of Athens, Zack Thompson of Englewood, and Chaise Armstrong and Salem Armstrong-Behe, both of The Woodlands, Texas; one sister and brother-in-law, Evelyn and Bill Meyer of Lawrencebury, Ind.; three brothers and two sisters-in-law, Hayden and Mary Thompson of Cincinnati, Ohio, Eddie Thompson of Woodruff, Wisc., and Mike and Ronda Thompson of Rising Sun, Ind.; his mother-in-law, Frances N. Martin of New Hope, Ala.; one brother-in-law, John S. Martin and his wife, Jewell, of Owens Cross Roads, Ala.; two sisters-in-law, Roberta Byrd of Huntsville, Ala., and June Bearden of New Hope, Ala.; and several nieces and nephews.
The family would like to express a special thank-you to Dr. Wallace Burroughs and Caris Hospice for the wonderful, caring people you are; to special caregivers, Tiffany Cardin, Annette Ferdig and special friends, Brenda Moses and Phyllis Armstrong; and a special thank-you to the Eastern Sky Singers.
Funeral services will be 3 p.m. Friday in the chapel of Laycock-Hobbs Funeral Home with the Rev. Joe Davis and the Rev. Travis Torbett officiating. Burial will follow in Pond Hill Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Gene Thompson, Jeff Thompson, Bryan Thompson, Zach Thompson, Hayden Thompson and John S. Martin. Honorary pallbearers will be deacons of Marshall Hill Baptist Church.
The family will receive friends from 1 to 3 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to CURE P.S.P. (curepsp.org), 30 East Padonia Road, Suite 201, Timonium, MD 21093; or to Marshall Hill Baptist Church, 621 County Road 255, Niota, TN 37826.
Those unable to attend may send condolences at www.laycock-hobbs.com
Laycock-Hobbs Funeral Home of Athens is in charge of arrangements.