Thompson, Kenneth Charles

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Kenneth Charles Thompson, 91, of Salem, and formerly of Pulaski County, died early Friday morning, January 18, 2008, in Richfield Retirement Center.

He was born July 26, 1916, in Floyd, Va., and was the son of the late James L. Thompson and Almeda Duncan Thompson. He was a retired employee of Radford Army Ammunition Plant and served as a farmer for many years in Pulaski County.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Clendis Mary Lou Simpkins Thompson; his daughter, Artis Laverne McPeak, who just recently died on December 13; three brothers, Dallas Thompson, Russell Thompson and James Thompson; and two sisters, Etta Mae Dulaney and Vera Akers.

He is survived by one son, Linfred Thompson, of Salem; daughters and sons-in-laws, Lorene and Cecil White, of Salem, Phyllis and Larry Link, of Christiansburg, Mardell Wimmer, of Salem, and Sharon and Olan Smythers, of Dublin; eleven grandchildren; thirteen great-grandchildren; and two sisters-in-law, Elva Simpkins Flinchum and Trinkle Thompson.

Special thanks to special friend, Lena Hostetter, who helped take such good care of him. Also thanks to the staff of Richfield’s for allowing him to have his own flower and tomato garden that he loved so much.

He was well known for entertaining his friends and fellow residents at Richfield Retirement Community with his unique old-time banjo picking.

He will be greatly missed by his son and daughters, his grandchildren, his friend, Lena, and many other friends.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, January 21, 2008, at Thomas M. Seagle & Sons with the Rev. Eddie Callahan officiating. Interment will be in the Simpkins Family Cemetery, Hiwassee.

The family will receive friends Sunday, January 20, 2008, from 5 until 7 p.m. at the funeral home. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting Arrangements by Thomas M. Seagle & Sons, Pulaski, Va.