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February 27, 2014

James William Thompson

BETHLEHAM, Ga. — James “Bill” William Thompson, age 73, of Bethlehem, Ga., passed away Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014. He was a member of Whistleville Christian Church. A native of Terre Haute, Ind. Bill lived a good portion of his life in Florida. He was a two-time Vietnam veteran serving as a plane captain in the US Navy on the USS Saratoga, where he also served during the Bay of Pigs. During the 60’s Bill worked as a manager for Sun Oil Company, afterwards retiring as a heavy equipment operator for National Steel. He was an active 4-H leader for many years and was a member of numerous car clubs including The Hot Rod Club.

He was preceded in death by his parents, James H. Thompson and Mary Weil Thompson. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Connie Banks Thompson of Bethlehem; three daughter, Kelly Leeann Thompson of Port Richey, Fla., Kimberly Lynn Salvaggio (Tony) of Bethlehem, Jacquie Jo Overend (Chris) of Bethlehem; one son, Gregory William Thompson (Kelly) of Winter Springs, Fla.; a brother, Robert Joseph Thompson (Donna) of Terre Haute; five grandchildren, Kyle and Kaley Thompson, Tony, Joey and Taylor Salvaggio.

Visitation will be from 6 until 9 p.m. today, Feb. 28, 2014, at Smith Funeral home. Funeral services will be Saturday, March 1, 2014, at 2 p.m. in the chapel of the funeral home, with Pastor Linwood Smith officiating. Interment will be 2 p.m. Monday, March 3, 2014, in Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, Fla. Smith Funeral Home, Winder, Ga., is in charge of arrangements.

 

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