Larry M. Thompson

larry-thompson-obitMr. Larry M. Thompson, age 73, died Tuesday, Sept. 13 at his home under the care of Ogeechee Area Hospice following an extended illness. A native and lifelong resident of Bulloch County, he was a 1961 graduate of Southeast Bulloch High School. Following graduating he attended ABAC and soon married his high school sweetheart, Sherry Lanier Thompson. Soon after beginning his ceramic tile business, he was drafted in the U.S. Army in 1965. He reported to basic training at Fort Gordon, Ga. From there, he went to Fort Jackson where he received his orders to move to Germany to head up the “Tool Truck” for his division. He served in Germany with Sherry by his side and for several years, they had the opportunity to travel through Europe together. After his discharge, they returned home to Nevils, Ga. for the birth of their first child in 1968.
Following his return to Bulloch County, he resumed his tile business. Larry was a master of his craft. Renowned for his skill, he could repair or create anything that was asked of him. Although a perfectionist in many areas of his life, Larry loved a good practical joke. His co-workers always knew Larry could be counted on to liven things up with a prank. He was a devoted member of the Carol Crawford Sunday School Class at Nevils United Methodist Church where he spent countless hours volunteering his construction talents. He was a founding member of the Nevils Volunteer Fire Station and his love for John Deere tractors brought new friends into his life through the Rusty Relics Tractor Club. He supported many veterans groups and was a member of the National Rifle Association where he was a Golden Eagle and Task Force Member. Larry loved living the coast life at his second home on Colonel’s Island and enjoyed extended stays on St. Catherine’s Island. Whether it was his work, his hobbies or his family, Larry was passionately devoted to all that he loved.
He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Sherry Lanier Thompson; his parents, D.M. Thompson and Edna Pearl Thompson, and his three brothers, Billy Dan, Bobby and Jerry Thompson.
Surviving are his two daughters and sons-in-law, Mychelle and Scott Haddon of Nevils, Maria and Ryan Bradford of Brooklet; a son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Jeanie Thompson of Glennville; seven grandchildren, Maddy T. and Jacob Mack, John Michael Thompson, Ford Thompson, Blaine Thompson, Jayden Thompson of Glennville, Payton Haddon and Logan Haddon of Nevils; a great-granddaugher, Riley Mae Mack of Glennville’ a sister-in-law, Lottie Faye Lanier of Nevils; a sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Patty and William (Pete) Powell of Statesboro; a sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Rose and John Dye of Nevils; a sister-in-law, Sara Thompson of Leefield; several nieces, nephews and other loved ones; his loving caregivers, Ms. Esther McMillian and Ms. Margarette Brannen.
Funeral services were held on Friday, Sept. 16, at 11 a.m. at Nevils United Methodist Church with Dr. Tab Smith officiating.
Interment was in Bulloch Memorial Gardens.
Pallbearers were Buddy Anderson, Don Hughes, Paul Harmon, Dewayne Starling, Franklin Rushing, Billy Clifton and Chuck Lee.
The family requests that memorial contributions be made to the Nevils United Methodist Church Building Fund, 8351 Nevils-Groveland Rd., Statesboro, Ga. 30458.
Friends may sign the online register book at www.joineranderson.com.
Joiner-Anderson Funeral Home and Crematory of Statesboro was in charge of the arrangements.