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CANTON — As we go throughout our lives there are special people we meet who we shall never forget. Donald “Donnie” Hubert Thompson is a man who will live on in the hearts of his family and in the hearts of his neighbors and in the hearts of any person that had known him as their friend.

On Wednesday, July 17, 2019, as the warm sunshine fell upon the mountains of the Beaverdam community, Donnie Thompson, 75, who was resting peacefully surrounded by his loving family, was called home by his Lord and Savior to eternal rest.

Donnie was born Jan. 14, 1944, in Haywood County to the late Mary Reno Thompson and the late Hubert Thompson.

He was a U.S. Army Veteran who honorably and proudly served his country. Following his military career, he became employed with Dayco Southern where he retired with 31 years of dedicated service.

Donnie’s great love for his family was witnessed by anyone who knew him, and he devoted his life to making a good home for his family. He spent endless hours keeping his lawn mowed and manicured to perfection and everyone who visited the Thompson home was always made to feel welcome by Wilma and Donnie.

He was usually the first to greet anyone who came to visit with his strong handshake and his bright smile and during the summer season, he just could not wait to offer everyone some of his delicious homemade ice cream.

Music brought great joy to Donnie’s life as country, and gospel music were his favorites. He also enjoyed playing the organ, and was always trading up for a better and newer version to play. Donnie was a talented and avid golfer who had won numerous amateur golf tournaments throughout the southeastern United States.

Kind, considerate, courageous and caring and always there for those that might need a helping hand — this was truly Donnie Thompson. In the words of his family, “He will forever be remembered as the Pillar of the Beaverdam community.”

A devoted husband, a wonderful dad and father-in-law, an amazing grandfather and always an eager “golf buddy,” Donnie has blessed our lives and our hearts forever.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, James “Jimmy” Ervin Thompson and Raymond Henry Thompson.

Surviving are his loving wife of 54 years, Wilma Creasman Thompson of Canton; his son and daughter-in-law, Shane Thompson and Kendra Matthews Thompson of Canton; his grandson, Dalton Thompson of Canton; his brothers, Horace Glenn Thompson of Canton and Judd Curtis Thompson of Waynesville; a sister-in-law, Pauline Creasman of Waynesville; two nephews; a lifelong friend, Harvey Worley of Canton and also many special friends.

A gathering of family and friends to remember and honor Donnie’s life will be held from 6 until 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 24, at Crawford / Ray Funeral Home and Cremation Service. Military rites will also be conducted.

Memorials in Donnie’s memory made be made to the American Cancer Society, 1901 Brunswick Avenue, Suite 100, Charlotte, NC 28207.

Crawford/Ray Funeral Home and Cremation Service is honored to be caring for the Thompson family and words of comfort may be shared at www.crawfordray.com.

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