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C. Leroy Thompson Jr., 80, a resident of Harrisonburg, passed away Friday, March 8, 2013.
Mr. Thompson was born April 18, 1932, in Rockingham County, and was the son of the late Carl Leroy and Mary Helen Scott Thompson.
He graduated from Linville Edom High School and attended Shenandoah College, where he received a degree in business. During his school years, he played basketball and continued to play with the Rockingham County League for six years. He coached Little League baseball for more than 20 years. He served on the Rockingham County Parks & Recreation Board, the Rockingham Poultry Service Men’s Organization, and was a proud member of the Linville-Edom Ruritans for 62 years. He was also a member of the FFA. He served in the poultry industry for 38 years and won many service awards. He presented a turkey to the president on behalf of the Virginia Poultry Federation. He worked for the Rockingham Group Insurance Company for 17 years.
Mr. Thompson loved to travel with family and friends, traveling to many places and especially enjoyed the Holy Land, Alaska and Florida. He was an avid supporter of the West Rockingham Food Pantry. He was a member of the Mt. Tabor United Methodist Church and attended Mt. Olive Presbyterian Church. He was a member of the choir, taught Sunday school and served as a youth leader.
On Sept. 16, 1950, he married the love of his life, the former Rebecca Shifflett, who survives.
Also surviving are three children, Judy Langston and husband, Odell, of Williamsburg, Carl Leroy Thompson III and wife, Sue, of Maysville, W.Va., and Sharon Thompson Rexrode and husband, Keith, of Waynesboro; three brothers, Bruce Thompson of Midlothian, Thomas Thompson of Gainesville and Charles Thompson of Seaford; eight grandchildren, Cheri Snyder, Jeremy Turner, Kristin Thompson, Brooke Turner, Grant Langston, Shane Shaver, Jonathan Smith, and Christie Smith; 10 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.
Mr. Thompson was preceded in death by a sister, Mildred Thompson.
Dr. Gary A. Ziegler and The Rev. Dr. Jan G. Owen will conduct a funeral service Tuesday, March 12, 2013, at 11 a.m. at the Mt. Olive Presbyterian Church. Burial will follow in Greenmount Cemetery.
The family will receive friends Monday at the McMullen Funeral Home from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Linville Edom Ruritan Club, P.O. Box 44, Linville, VA 22834, or to the West Rockingham Food Pantry, 4222 Mt. Clinton Pike, Harrisonburg, VA 22802.
Online condolences may be made to the family at www.mcmullenfh.com .