Rev. Dr. Bill Thompson
June 19, 1929-Feb. 22, 2019
Rev. Dr. William Joseph “Bill” Thompson, 89, of La Grange, N.C., was called home to his Heavenly reward on Friday, Feb. 22, 2019.
The youngest of nine children, Bill was born June 19, 1929, in Bradford, Ala., to the late Joseph Webster Thompson and Mary Jane Vaughn Thompson.
A retired Southern Baptist minister, Bill was a graduate of Samford University in Birmingham, Ala.; Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky.; and Lexington Theological Seminary in Lexington, Ky. A lover of God’s Word, Bill was a renowned Bible, Hebrew and Greek scholar. A man of great faith and belief in his Lord, Bill never hesitated to share his love for the Lord and was truly passionate about leading others to the greatest relationship one can have, a relationship with Christ.
Feeling a call from the Lord, Bill pastored his first church at age 18. During a faithful and distinguished career for the Lord, Bill pastored churches in Alabama, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina and West Virginia. Bill never met a stranger and quickly engaged others in conversation about believing in the Lord.
The word passionate has often been used to describe Bill. He always gave his best effort and poured out his heart in all endeavors. Bill was competitive, tenacious and always played to win. Bill never stepped away from a challenge and always welcomed good, spirited competition.
Bill loved traveling and never met a crossword puzzle he couldn’t solve. Always active, he loved flying, tennis, bicycling, fishing and swimming. Bill always was looking for a deal and true to form, would do his best to try and talk you into giving him an even better deal. We rejoice in our good memories.
Bill loved piddling around the house. He loved working with his hands and enjoyed taking care of his vegetable garden. No one made better strawberry jam. He found great pleasure in tinkering on bicycles and anything with a motor.
The Alabama Crimson Tide Football Team had no bigger fan than Bill. You didn’t have to be around Bill but for just a moment and chances are the subject of football came up. Outside of God and family, Bill probably loved nothing more than his Crimson Tide.
A quality that aptly describes Bill is loyalty. If you had Bill as a friend, you had a friend for life. He was loyal in his call to serve his Lord. He was loyal as a husband, father and grandfather. The word personifies him.
Bill was the pastor of First Baptist Church in Murphy from 1960-1967.
A service to celebrate and remember Bill’s life was held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26, at Rouse Funeral Home in La Grange.
Bill is survived by his best friend and beloved wife of almost 71 years, Doris “Dot” Sadler Thompson; four children, Joseph Randall “Randy” Thompson, Rachel Thompson Marley and husband Donnie, William “Mark” Thompson and wife Sabrina, and Ruth Thompson Dale and husband Lee; five grandchildren, Amanda, Jessica, Jentry, Joshua and Micah; and one great-grandchild, Kaylee.