RICHMOND — Gerald Aubrey Thompson, 85, of Frankie Drive in Richmond, passed away Tuesday, April 1, 2014, at his home.
He was born in Kings Mountain, Kentucky, to the late Virgil and Gertrude Thompson. He retired from Okonite as a supervisor. He was a member of Liberty Avenue Baptist Church, a member of Bluegrass Liberations gospel group and a Kentucky Colonel. He was huge fan of the Kentucky Wildcats and had a passion for bluegrass music. Gerald also was a U.S. Navy veteran of the Korean War.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Frebert Thompson and Houston Thompson.
He is survived by: his wife, Norma Lou Thompson; two daughters, Linda Diane Wendt and Wanda Kay Andersen; two stepsons, Ronnie (Tammie) King Jr. and Randy Coffman; two brothers, Lynnville (Mary) Thompson and Harold (Ann) Thompson; and sister-in-law Frances (Bill) Thompson. Four grandchildren, Brian Lewis, Joe Pauu, Michael Burke and Sam Cornette II, along with several great-grandchildren also survive him.
Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Friday, April 4, 2014, at Lakes Funeral Home with the Rev. Jimmy Chrisman officiating. Burial will follow with military honors in Madison County Memorial Gardens.
Visitation will be Friday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the funeral home.
Pallbearers will be Robert Thompson, Vince Townsend, Koky Randolph, Matt McDaniel, Roger Sibold and Donnie Fletcher. Honorary pallbearers will be Gene Thompson, Eldred Thompson, Dan Watson, Bud Cornelison, Augalyn Combs and Terry Gaunce.