Sharon G. Thompson
Sept. 08, 1943 – Oct. 26, 2021
Sharon ended her 8-year battle with Alzheimer’s today and joined her father in heaven. A native of Charlotte, N.C., the only daughter of Osborne Clay Griffin and Florence Odell Presson, she was educated at Garinger High School and Greensboro College. Other than a brief stint in the bond trading department of Sovran Bank, her life was devoted to raising and nurturing her large extended family of five children, twelve grandchildren and a large assortment of accompanying cats and dogs which she would have gladly traded for a great grandchild.
She leaves behind her husband of forty years, Col. F. Neal Thompson, her three daughters, Kelly Elizabeth Beckner (Wendell), Jan Courtney Martin (Richard) and Melissa Clay Wood (Eddie), and his two children, Melissa Temple Thompson and Turner Jennings Thompson (Hope), in addition to the aforementioned twelve grandchildren ranging in age from 16 to 29, all so far, without any criminal records.
The family will receive visitors at their home on Friday evening from 5-8 P.M. In addition, there will be a day of remembrance, concluding with a sunset ceremony on the beaches of North Carolina on her birthday, September 8. Future arrangements to be announced. Each year her family and friends participate in the annual walk for Alzheimer’s, held the first Saturday in November as part of her “Mimi’s Minions” team, and we thank you all for participating and contributing to this cause, that still has no cure and affects someone you know living today.
Rather than suggest a contribution in remembrance of Sharon’s wonderful life, it is suggested you seek out and say something kind and encouraging to a perfect stranger, you know, like she always did.
Sharon was a lovely woman and a delight to know. There were many times that she felt like a second mom to me, and I know I’m not alone in that. I feel blessed to have known her. Sending all the family (animals included) much love and prayers during this time.
Sharon’s long fight is over. She is remembered as a lovely, engaging, personable wife, mother and grandmother with an exceptional sense of humor. She will be missed and remembered fondly. Blessings and prayers for Neal and all Sharon’s family
Prayers for the repose of your servant Sharon’s soul, and peace and solace for the family. May she Rest In Peace.
The short time I spend with Sharon I experienced a heartfelt, fun-loving, engaging and warm person that I have taken to my heart .
After a hard time she is now at peace and watches us all with a smile.
Thanks the chance to meet with you Sharon
Sending prayers for all of her family. She and I always had a good laugh together and she had many words of wisdom for me. I know that she is without pain and smiling down on all of us.
Sharon and Neal were the nicest neighbors at Ruxton. I am saddened to read about Sharon, but I know she is at peace. God bless you and your family, Neal, during this difficult time.
She Rests in Peace. My thoughts are with you and your family.
Melissa and family, so very sorry for your loss. May warm memories help heal the sadness.
Love, hugs & kisses Melissa. 💕
My deepest condolences to you and your family, Jan. May God’s peace and comfort envelope you all. Take comfort in knowing to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord. Many prayers and blessings during your time of sorrow.
Sharon was like a second mom to me for many years. I will always remember that radiant smile and also when she tried to put on her serious face. I love you Sharon and am so happy you are going to a better place. I sure hope you connect with my mom in heaven. Y’all have so much catching up to do and I am sure a 🍷 will be involved. ❤️❤️❤️
Neal, my heart breaks at hearing this news. (So many fond memories of our girls growing up together) . Prayers of comfort for you and your family.
Love to all..
The Lynchburg Alumni Association expresses our sincere condolences to the family.