Thompson, William “Bill” Doran
William “Bill” Doran Thompson, Jr., 94, a recent resident of the Davis Community in Wilmington and a former longtime resident of St. Albans, WV, passed away peacefully on February 28, 2016 after a long, fulfilling life.
The son of the late William and Christine Thompson, Bill was born in Carter Healdton, OK and raised in Sistersville, WV.
After his marriage in 1941 to Ruth Kernen, the love of his life and his “Buddy” they lived in San Diego, CA; Burlingame, CA; Philadelphia, PA; Nashville, TN; Pittsburgh, PA; Bluefield, WV; Kingwood, WV and Clarksburg, WV before settling in St Albans, WV where Bill lived for 60 years prior to moving to Wilmington.
Bill lived a life characterized by a deep commitment to service to God, country, community, and his family. He attended St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in St. Albans with his wife, Ruth, and more recently attended Hernshaw and Mt. Salem United Methodist Churches.
A true patriot, he was proud to serve in the U.S. Navy for 3 years, including service in the Pacific Theater during WWII. He spent the majority of his career working for the U.S. Department of Defense Quality Assurance. Early on he was a mechanic and built tanks for the military, prior to his retirement, after long and distinguished service, he served as a compliance inspector traveling throughout West Virginia and the region.
Bill was a member in good standing of the Washington Masonic Lodge 58 in St. Albans for nearly 55 years, a member in good standing of the Scottish Rite Bodies of Charleston, and Beni Kedem Shrine of Charleston. Bill supported a variety of charities in St. Albans, and later in life contributed thousands of hours as a loyal volunteer at several local hospitals.
Bill was preceded in death by his beloved wife, parents, brother, Gene Thompson, and sisters, Elizabeth Campbell and Christine Webb.
He is survived by his nephews and their wives, Bedford “Skippy” Campbell, Frank and Mary Guidry, Tom and Nancy Thompson, Dr. R. Kent and Judy Webb, and Larry and Donna Webb; his sister- in-laws, Adalene Thompson and Freda Maxson; nephews by marriage and their wives, Ralph and Paula Kernen, and Kevin and Sarah Maxson; great-nieces and nephews, Drs. Van and Jaci Dempsey, Desiree Guidry, Renee Guidry, Dane and Erin Hunter, Christopher Maxson, Kiera Maxson, Mike and Tricia Silliman, Rick and Cristi Sockman, Amber Swan, Hillary Thompson, and Larry and Tina Webb; and great-great-nieces and nephews, Annabelle Hunter, Spence Hunter, William Thompson Hunter, Sadie Silliman, Brenna Swan, Regan Swan, Luke Webb, Mallory Webb, Tara Webb-Dempsey, and Tyler Zwan.
The family would like to say a special thanks to Bill’s good friends and Arborland Acres neighbors for their fellowship throughout the years and to the physicians, nurses, and staff of the Davis Community and Hospice of the Lower Cape Fear for their care.
Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of the Lower Cape Fear, In Memory of William Thompson, 1414 Physicians Dr., Wilmington, NC 28401 and to Mt. Salem United Methodist Women, PO Box 433, Scott Depot, WV 25560.
Bill will be remembered for being a true gentleman, a devoted husband, and a diehard fan of the WVU Mountaineers, and for his great sense of humor, loyalty, generosity, and caring and compassionate spirit. He will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him.
A funeral service and burial will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 19 at Valley View Memorial Park, Hurricane WV. Following the ceremony, friends are invited to join the family for a luncheon at Mt. Salem United Methodist Church in Hurricane.