Carlie Thompson, 78, passed away peacefully on Saturday, December 1, 2012, at the home of his son in Shacklefords. He was born on December 21, 1933 in Blacksnake, Kentucky, to Arthur and Cornie Cowan Thompson. He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters.
He is survived by his devoted wife of 55 years, Joyce C. Thompson of the home in Arthur, Tenn.; three sons, Mark and wife Mary Thompson of Arthur, Tenn., A. Scott and wife Nancy Thompson, of Shacklefords, and Chris and wife Candy Thompson of Oak Hill, W.Va.; six grandchildren; two brothers; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and close friends.
Mr. Thompson served in the U.S. Army, receiving training at Ft. Lee, Virginia. He graduated from Lincoln Memorial University and received his masters in education from Morehead State University.
Mr. Thompson was an educator for 52 years, teaching mathematics at Bell County High School in Pineville, Ky., from 1958-1985. During this time he also taught night classes for three regional colleges. In 1985, he was appointed Off-Campus Coordinator for Southeast Community College, (University of Kentucky system) and was instrumental in starting the Middlesboro campus. Mr. Thompson remained on the faculty, attaining the position of Professor and retiring in 2010. Additionally, he was employed by the Cumberland Gap National Historical Park, and was one of only a handful of people in the Southeast Region, National Park Service, which achieved 40 years as a seasonal ranger. He was a faithful member of Arthur United Methodist Church.
Visitation and funeral were held December 5 at Reece Funeral Home, Harrogate, Tenn., with burial December 6 at the Hooper Cemetery, Cumberland Gap, Tenn. Local arrangements were provided by B.W. White Funeral Home, King William.
The family would like to thank Carlie’s caregiver Tina Isbell, Deltaville, and Dr. Marlene Capps, West Point, for their compassionate care.