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Dr. Leon Thompson

Dr. Leon Edwin Thompson passed peacefully in the arms of the love of his life and wife of 66 years, Patricia Foster Thompson on January 15, 2022.

He was 86 and retired with his bride to Abbeville after serving the Lord by ministering to many United Methodist congregations in Georgia and South Carolina. Born on March 28, 1935, in Timmonsville SC where he finished high school as Valedictorian and played football and basketball. He loved scouting and reached the highest achievement as an Eagle Scout. Dr. Thompson graduated from Wofford College with membership in Phi Beta Kappa. In 1960 he received his Master of Divinity degree from the Candler School of Theology at Emory University where he was a member of Theta Phi. In 1987 he returned to Emory University and received his Doctor of Ministry degree. Dr. Thompson was the eldest son of Boyd E. and Connie J. Thompson.
A wonderfully devoted husband, father, and grandfather, he is survived by his wife of 66 years, Patricia Foster Thompson, a native of Spartanburg, SC and their children John and Susan Thompson of Greenwood; Robin Fox of Ninety Six; Leon (Chip) Thompson Jr of Travelers Rest; Jack and Jane Harmon of Woodstock, GA; sister, Maxine T. Armstrong of Atlanta, GA; and sister in-law, Joyce Thompson of Timmonsville and his wonderful 13 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren and 3 great, great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his brother, Sammie Thompson, and son in-law Russell Fox.
Dr Thompson’s ministerial appointments span 45 years. They include Prospect in Georgia; Christ Church, Valley Falls; Centenary Circuit (Centenary, Central Soule Chapel, and Shiloh); Ridge Spring Circuit (Ridge Spring, Nazareth, and Spann); Trinity, West Columbia; Cambridge, Ninety Six; Midland Park, North Charleston; Bethlehem, Bishopville; First United, Clover; and John Wesley, Charleston all in South Carolina.

Funeral services will be Saturday, January 22 at 1:00 PM at Main Street United Methodist Church in Abbeville with the Rev. Randy Taylor officiating and Rev. Johnny Waller and Rev. Brandon Fulmer assisting.

The family will receive friends in the Greene Center at 12:00 noon until 1:00 PM prior to the service.

Burial will follow at Greenwood Memorial Gardens.

Pallbearers will be grandsons Russell Fox, Jr., Lucas Fox, Lou Thompson, Travis Harmon, Ben Dunlap, Mitchell McHale, Brian Boling, and Tyler Key.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be sent to Main Street United Methodist Church, 300 N. Main St, Abbeville; Cambridge United Methodist Church, PO Box 384, Ninety Six, SC, or Main Street United Methodist Church, 211 North Main Street Greenwood, SC.

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Patty, we will sure miss, Rev. Leon , he was such a kind man and gave the best hugs, you both have been such an important part of the Main Street Methodist Church family in Abbeville. We miss seeing you, you and your family will be in our prayers. We love you, Mary and Ed White

Mary G. White Jan 29 2022 10:30 PM

Dear Patty and all the Thompson family. I loved Leon. I can sit quietly and hear his voice. He had a gentleness that was so comforting to me and my family. All my love and prayers to the love of his life, Patty and his entire family.❤️🙏🏼

Anne and Greg Horne Jan 28 2022 8:55 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Dr. Leon Thompson

Bill and Janet Williams Jan 26 2022 7:25 AM

I was blessed to have known Dr. Thompson and his wife. It is great to know that death just means a new life with Christ. Dr. Leon will be missed.

Vicki Jan 26 2022 5:13 AM

Dr. Thompson was a very Godly man who shared his light with the world. My condolences are sent to his wonderful family.

Ann Cade Jan 23 2022 4:37 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Dr. Leon Thompson

Lauren Ledford Jan 22 2022 9:30 AM

Remembering the entire Thompson family fondly and with prayers.The boys, both John and Chip were good friends with my sons Stephen and Allan.

Mary Kamoroff Jan 21 2022 10:31 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Dr. Leon Thompson

Anne Chandler Jan 20 2022 4:49 PM

Dear Thompson family, I am saddened to learn of the passing of Paster Leon. I loved to hear his lessons and great jokes every time that he visited Tom's Place barber shop. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this time. From all at Tom's Place

Tom South Jan 20 2022 3:50 PM

Dr. Thompson was truly a man of God and certainly an inspiration to our family(Hamer, Carolyn & Mike). We came to know him and Mrs. Thompson when they served Shiloh in Marion, S. C. from 1960-1965. His ministry made an impact on the congregation. As far as my family and I were concerned he set the bar for what a minister should be. As a lifelong Methodist there have been a few who have came close to being the type of minister and person he exemplified. What a legacy. Dr. Thompson graciously agreed to return and eulogize may father's funeral in 1995. My father would have been so honored and we were honored that he returned to do it. My prayers and condolences to Mrs. Thompson, Johnny, Robin, Chip, and Jane and family

Mike Jackson Jan 20 2022 2:02 PM

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