February 5, 2021, 75, Goldsboro –
James Nelson Thompson, Sr., age 75, passed away Friday morning at Wayne/UNC Health Care. He was the son of the late Johnnie Hubert and Sarah Juanita Reardon Thompson. A graduate of Wayne Community College in 1966, he retired after a long business career encompassing insurance and finance as well as computer programming, marketing and hospice.
James believed that service to humanity is the best work of life and was a servant to his community including civic service. He was a past Vice President of the NC Jaycees and past President of the Goldsboro Jaycees. He was a past President of the Wayne Shrine Club as well as a Captain of the Mini-Rigs, a York Rite and Scottish Rite Mason.
He was a member of St. Luke United Methodist Church, a Board Member of the Goldsboro-Wayne Habitat for Humanity and a past Member and Treasurer of the Goldsboro Volunteer Rescue Squad. He served in the National Guard and was involved in various Prison Ministries and Addiction Recovery Ministries. James’ greatest accomplishment was being a dad and grandfather.
A memorial Service will be held Thursday, February 11, 2021 at 1:00 pm from the chapel of Shumate-Faulk Funeral Home. A visitation for family and friends will be held on Thursday from 12:00 to 1:00 pm at the funeral home.
James is survived by his wife, Kay M. Thompson; sons, James Nelson “Jim” Thompson, Jr. and Michael Thompson; sister, Ruth Thompson Blizzard; grandchildren, James “Nelson” Thompson, III, Lily Thompson, Ayden Thompson and Bailey Thompson; several nieces, a nephew, and great nieces and nephews.
Along with his parents, James was preceded in death by his sister, Patricia Ann Thompson.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to St. Luke United Methodist Church, 1608 E. Pine Street, Goldsboro, NC 27530; the Masonic Home for Children, 600 College Street, Oxford, NC 27565 or Sudan Shriners, P.O. Box 12829, New Bern, NC 28561.
Shumate-Faulk Funeral Home is serving the Thompson family and online condolences may be directed to www.shumate-faulk.com.