Jerry Thompson

Jerry Lee Thompson

Tuesday, August 15th, 1939 - Monday, April 29th, 2019
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Jerry Lee Thompson, 79, of Salem, Va. passed away on Monday, April 29, 2019. Jerry was a 1957 graduate of ALHS and a proud “Hoo” graduate of UVA. He loved his Lord, family, friends, and lifelong friend, Billy Swain and wife, Dorothy, who were always just a phone call away. Jerry served in the U.S. Army Reserves, and retired from Ortho Pharmaceutical. He was an active member of Central United Methodist Church in Salem and served many years as President of the Methodist Men. He is preceded in death by his parents, Elbert and Fannie Thompson; nine brothers; and two sisters.
Surviving is his devoted wife of 56 years, Peggy Jennings Thompson; children, Andrea T. Ramsey and husband, Tim, and their children, Drew and Rachel; Lori Thompson; Jerry Thompson, Jr. and wife, Toni, and their children, Tyler and Kirsten; and sisters, Leona Willett and Frances Boyd.
A celebration of his life will be held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, May 2, 2019, at Central United Methodist Church in Salem, Va. with Rev. Bryan Buckles officiating with visiting hours and a reception to follow the service. The interment will be private.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Central UMC, 428 S. College Ave, Salem, Va. 24153 or Amedysis Hospice, 5221 Valley Park Drive Suite 2, Roanoke, Va. 24019.
The family wishes to thank Coach Corbett and others for their help, as well as Amedysis Hospice for their loving care.
The family of Mr. Thompson is being served by John M. Oakey & Son in Salem, where online condolences may be sent to the family at
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  • Celebration of Life

    Thursday, May 2nd, 2019 | 1:00pm
    Thursday, May 2nd, 2019 1:00pm
    Central United Methodist Church
    428 South College Avenue
    Salem, Virginia 24153
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    Rev. Bryan Buckles


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Chuck Johnston

Posted at 09:09pm
Jerry and his friend Billy Swain played many rounds of golf together at Salem Golf Course . I operate the golf course and Jerry was always a gentleman and a pleasure to see and talk with. I will always remember them having lunch in between nines on the bench on the first tee. What made this so memorable was the fact that they were sharing a can of Sardines . Everyone who played there were always amused by this menu item. Everyone at Salem Golf Course will miss Jerry greatly and are keeping his family and friends in our thoughts and prayers. Chuck Johnston

Alexander Bulay

Posted at 10:44pm
I have a box of tissues very nearby as I write this sad condolence. Jerry Thompson, my Mom's kid brother, was, along with his older brother Ray, one of my favorite uncles. When I and my siblings were growing up in a Veterans Administration housing project in New Jersey, Mom, almost every summer would pack us up for a train ride to visit family in Virginia. I have very fond memories of those visits, but most of all I remember Uncle Jerry, his kind personality, his sense of humor and his endless thoughtful acts. I remember him making me bologna and pickle sandwiches late at night and involving my brother and I in all sorts of fun activities during the day including fishing in the Roanoke River. Great times with a great person! More recently, before my Mom died, I was lucky enough to have Jerry and Peggy as guests in our home in upstate New York, and my wife and I, along with our four adopted sons, were able to spend some time with Jerry and Peggy as well as with Aunt Leona and Aunt Margaret on a short trip to Virginia a few years back. I regret that I have, over the arduous years, not been able to spend more time with many persons that I should have and at the top of that list is Jerry Lee Thompson. Fortunately my wife and I were able to see Jerry and Peggy last November on our way to Florida for the winter I looked forward to stopping back in Roanoke (a 14 hr drive with a cat and dog in the car) on May 15 or 16. We will stop and visit with Peggy, but I'm deeply saddened that my favorite uncle won't be there. Our sincere condolences to Peggy, Jerry & Peggy's children, Jerry's surviving sisters, Frances and Leona, Billy Swain and his wife who Jerry always talked about and everyone who knew and loved Jerry Lee Thompson. Al & Beverly Bulay

Thomas Widgeon

Posted at 06:44am
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