Jerry Wayne Thompson, 66, died Sunday, July 8, 2012 at his residence. Thompson was born June 14, 1946 in Opelika, AL. He was a member of Harmony Baptist Church. Thompson was a retired police officer with Atlanta Police Department, a painting contractor and store merchant and was known as Papa Jerry’s. He was a fine-fine man and was a gentleman. He was preceded in death by his father, Glennie Thompson and a brother, Roy Thompson.
Survivors include is wife, Teresa Thompson of Baxley; two daughters, Heather Lynn of Elberta, AL and Rhonda Priest of Buford; one son, Todd Thompson of Panama City Beach, FL; his mother, Polly Chandler Thompson of Baxley; three sisters, his twin, Geraldine Sealing of Baxley, Linda Smith of Albany and Margaret Stidham of Doraville; one step-son, Rocky W. Jacobs; seven grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and six nieces and nephews also survive.
Memorial services were held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, July 12 in Swain Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Sam Holland officiating.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to offset the funeral expense to Swain Funeral Home, P. O. Box 536, Baxley, GA 31515.
Arrangements were under the direction of Swain Funeral Home.
JERRY WAS MY ONLY BROTHER THAT WAS LEFT. I WILL NEVER FORGET HIM, IT IS VERY HARD TO EXCEPT, THAT HE IS GONE FOREVER. THER WAS A POEM READ AT HIS SERVICE, THAT I WANT TO SHARE WITH YOU.
TO THOSE I LOVE AND THOSE WHO LOVE ME
WHEN I AM GONE,RELEASE ME LET ME GO, I HAVE SO MANY THINGS TO SEE AND DO, YOU MUSTN'T TIE YOURSELF TO ME WITH TEARS, BE HAPPY THAT WE HAD SO MANY YEARS, I GAVE YOU MY LOVE, YOU CAN ONLY GUESS, HOW MUCH YOUNGAVE TO ME IN HAPPINESS.
I THANK YOU FOR THE LOVE YOU HAVE SHOWN, BUT NOW IT'S TIME I TRAVELED ALONE, SO GREIVE A WHILE FOR ME IF GRIEVE YOU MUST, THEN LET YOUR GRIEF BE COMFORTED BY TRUST, IT;S ONLY FOR A WHILE THAT WE MUST PART, SO BLESS THE MEMORIES WITHIN YOUR HEART, I WON;T BE FAR AWAY, FOR LIFE GOES ON.
SO IF YOU NEED ME CALL AND I WILL COME, THOUGH YOU CAN'T SEE OR TOUCH ME I'LL BE THERE, AND IF YOU LISTEN WITH YOUR HEART YOU'LL HEAR,ALL OF MY LOVE AROUND YOU SOFT AND CLEAR, AND WHEN YOU MUST COME THIS WAY ALONE, I'LL GREET YOU WITH A SMILE AND WELCOME YOU HOME.