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William Thompson
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William Carrington
Thompson Jr.
1942 - 2017
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Obituary for William Thompson Jr.


William “Bill” Thompson, Jr. was born April 25, 1942 in Richmond, Virginia, the only child of Carrington and Margaret Thompson, and he will be laid to rest in Chatham with those of his family who came before him. Having said goodbye to those he loved, Bill died in San Diego, California, following a long and courageous battle against Parkinson’s disease that finally took him on Tuesday, December 26, 2017.

Bill had a full, productive life and several brilliant careers that spanned nearly five decades. He was a distinguished graduate of Virginia Military Institute and following VMI he earned a Juris Doctorate from the University Of Virginia School Of Law. He was selected for a Rhodes Scholarship and studied for a year at Oxford University.

Commissioned as an officer in the United States Air Force, Bill served in the Air Force Judge Advocate General Corps for 27 years. During his service, he was stationed both in country and overseas, including bases in Vietnam, England, Greece, Spain, Texas, Virginia, South Carolina and California.

Following retirement from the Air Force, Colonel Thompson embarked on a second career, serving another 20 years as a federal administrative law judge for the Social Security Administration in South Carolina and California.

In both of his distinguished careers he was honored with many awards and recognized by his peers, as well as those he led, as being wise and fair, possessing a towering intellect that he used for the betterment of those he served.

Bill is survived by his wife, Diane, his children, Tracy Thompson Lynn and William C. Thompson III; his stepchildren, Michael Acuff and Eric Acuff; and his grandchildren, Sophia Lynn, Chloe Lynn, Fiona Thompson, Lily Thompson and Alice Thompson.

Funeral services for Colonel/Judge Thompson will be conducted at Chatham Baptist Church on Saturday January 13, 2018 at 11:00 am with Rev. Dr. Charles Warnock III officiating.

Burial with military honors will follow at Chatham Burial Park.

Scott Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Chatham is serving the Thompson family.

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