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Dr. Vernon Ray Thompson

Born: Sun., Jun. 12, 1927
Died: Wed., Sep. 5, 2018


10:30 AM to 11:30 AM, Fri., Sep. 07, 2018
Location: First United Methodist Church Pembroke

Funeral Service

11:30 AM Fri., Sep. 07, 2018
Location: First United Methodist Church Pembroke

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    Dr. Vernon Ray Thompson, age 91, was born on June 12, 1927, in Pembroke, NC to the late Mr. William Foster Thompson and Mrs. Lydia Locklear Thompson.

In addition to his parents, Dr. Thompson was preceded in death by his wife Diane Rose Thompson, brothers Verl and Wallace(Pete) Thompson and a beloved sister Nina Thompson Martin.

Dr. Thompson is survived by his brother George Blake Thompson (Dorothy); two daughters, Lydia Jean Cecil (Charles) of Laurinburg, Norma Louriece Good (Norman) of Willow Springs; two sons, Verl Radcliff (Bucky) Thompson (Anita) of Canton, GA and Vernon Ray Thompson, II of Pembroke; two step children, Amy Doig Arrington (Crawford) of Mount Juliet, TN and Shane Doig of Lumberton; thirteen grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

Dr. Thompson spent much of his life dedicated to the enrichment of the Robeson County Educational System on behalf of the Lumbee Indians. Dr. Thompson spent many years as a teacher in the Robeson County School District where he touched the lives of many of the county’s residents. After receiving his Doctoral from The University of Miami (Fla), Dr. Thompson became principal of Pembroke Senior High School for many years before assuming the role of Assistant Superintendent of Robeson County Public Schools from which he retired in 1993.

Dr. Thompson spent much of his time in retirement with his wife Diane. It was during this time he honed his craft as a woodworker, beginning with simple projects like small boxes and bird houses.  As the years went by he began to build cabinets and furniture for his children, family and friends. Dr. Thompson always enjoyed working in the yard and garden where he grew vegetables along with blue berries and grapes most of which were given away to family and friends. During the last few years cabinet and furniture making once again gave way to bird houses and smaller projects. In recent years time spent in the workshop was mostly passed with talking about the good old days and watching T.V. On Wednesday, September 5, 2018 at 10:20 a.m. God called Dr. Thompson home after a brief struggle to survive his most recent illness. God must have said to him, “You have been gone a long time son, welcome home. I will remove all your pain and suffering and you will be with me forever in peace”.         

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Donald & Doris Cummings
   Posted Sun September 09, 2018
Our teacher in high school. So sorry for your loss. May God be with you all & bring the peace you need.

   Posted Thu October 29, 2020
V.R. was my dad's neighbor and dearest friend. I am grateful my dad had him as a friend. V.R. was such a good man, and I enjoyed seeing him when I was down visiting. I guess I am writing this to say thank you to him for everything he's done for my dad.

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