Don W. Thompson, 82, went home to praise our Father, reunited with loved ones who went on before, especially with his wife of 41 years, Dessie “Kay” Thompson. Don died Feb. 26, 2022 and lived in his home in Springfield for 53 years.
Don was born in the Farmdale community of Screven County on April 20, 1939 and was baptized at Green Hill Baptist Church. He was the youngest child and son of the eight children of Faye Etta Tillman and John Goldwire Thompson, Sr. Growing up in Screven County, Don attended school, worked, and grew up alongside his brothers and sisters on his father's farm. He spoke often, of many heartfelt memories, while growing up with his siblings, parents and grandparents, Morgan and Emma Thompson. He shared his childhood memories, and many stories that always kept you laughing in awe, of how they all grew up. One story in particular, was how they used to feed the chickens under the house, through cracks in the floor.
On September 6th, 1960, he married the love of his life, Kay, and they made a home in Sylvania. He worked for several glass companies around the Savannah and Statesboro area, Rick’s Glass, J&L Glass and Clearview. The family moved to Springfield in 1969, to be closer to his job and his brothers, Kelly and Lay Thompson. He continued working in glass until his retirement, when his wife passed away, on April 28th, 2001. After retirement, he loved doing yard work, planting flowers, and assisting his neighbors, friends and family. Don enjoyed fishing in the Savannah and Ogeechee rivers, dove hunting, animals, sports, and watching old westerns on TV. He deeply loved his family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Dessie Kay Thompson; his siblings, John G. Thompson Jr., Dorothy Grace Mock, Winston "Wink" Thompson, Bernard Thompson, Betty Faye Scott and Kelly Thompson.
Survivors include his son and daughter-in-law, Gregory and Mary Frances of Guyton; brother, Lavaughn “Lay” Thompson of Statesboro; granddaughters, Lindsay (Matt) Owens of Pembroke, Lauren (Clinton) Hinely of Pooler; grandson, Lance (Allison) Wilson of Pooler; great-grandchildren, Landon Owens, Leighton Hinely, and Colton Hinely on the way, Braxton Wilson, Bryce Wilson; and several beloved nieces, nephews, and extended family members.
Visitation will be held Saturday, March 5, 2022, at Thompson-Strickland-Waters Funeral Home from 10:30 A.M. to 12:00 P.M.
The Funeral service will follow in the Screven Chapel of Thompson Strickland and Waters Funeral Home at 12:00 P.M. with Elder Howard Rushing officiating.
Interment to follow at the Screven County Memorial Cemetery.
Pallbearers: Ken Thompson, Gene Thompson, Robert Lee, Johnny Thompson, Allen Keiffer, Scott Keiffer
Thompson-Strickland-Waters Funeral Home is in charge of all arrangements.
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