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Okie James Thompson Jr., 75, of Crab Orchard, passed away Sunday, February 25, 2018.
Born September 8, 1942 in Beckley, he was the son of the late Okie James and Santa Marie Abbott Thompson.
Okie was proud of his years in band at Woodrow Wilson High School, where he was first chair trumpet in Gene Salleck's band. He graduated from Woodrow Wilson in 1960 and also graduated from Beckley College.
He was a proud veteran serving over five years with the Air Force making Staff Sergeant. Okie was employed at the telephone company in Beckley for 24 years where he started as a lineman and then made supervisor.
Mr. Thompson was an avid fisherman, hunter and marksman and loved boating at Lake Stephens. Okie loved old cars and was a member of Shade Tree Car Club and AACA Car Club.
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his aunt, Mary Abbott.
He is survived by his wife, Carolyn Yvonne Sink Thompson; daughter, Kelly Dawn Thompson and friend Laurie Thompson of Clear Water, FL; son, Frank Charles Thompson of Lester, WV; sister, Nancy Truman (tom) of Beckley; brother John Thompson of Norfolk, VA; aunt, Catherine Holt and the Sink family.
Services will be 1:00 p.m. Thursday, March 1, 2018 in the Calfee Funeral Home Chapel with Chaplain Paul Bricker officiating. Entombment will follow in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens.
Friends may visit with the family from 11 am until service time on Thursday.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers memorial contributions be made to Hospice of Southern WV, P.O. Box 1472, Beckley, WV 25802 or Raleigh County Humane Society, 325 Gray Flats Rd, Beckley, WV 25801.
Online condolences may be left at ww.calfeefh.com.
Arrangements by Calfee Funeral Home, Beckley.
Published on February 27, 2018
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