Thompson, Roger Leon

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Roger Leon Thompson, 78. of Christiansburg, VA, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, June 4, 2022. Roger was a devoted husband, father and friend. He brought a smile to everyone he was around, and he never knew a stranger. His humor kept everyone guessing about what he would say or do next, but you knew it would be memorable.

Roger lived a full life one of honor and service. As a Marine, he served our country during the Cuban middle crisis and continued by working for Radford Army Ammunition plant for 40 years. As a husband and father, he doted on his wife and children, providing for their every need and making sure they knew what “home” means.

Roger provided a wonderful example of how a man should treat his wife and children! He loved his grandchildren and was involved in everything they pursued from sports to higher education. He was the typical brother, in on the mischief but there when you needed him. As a friend, Roger was there to provide the laughter but ready to offer a helping hand. Roger truly exemplified what it means to be a man.

Roger was born on September 9, 1943, to the late Clinton and Hallie Thompson of Merrimac, VA. He is survived by his beloved wife Betty of 55 years; daughters Kimberly Fanning (husband John) and Angel Anderson; Grandchildren Alec Anderson, Brianna Fanning, Alaina Anderson, and John Fanning, Jr; brothers Larry (wife Nancy), Benny (wife Donna), Don and the late Calvin Thompson; and sisters Linda Hollins and Judy Nester. Other family members include: Delmas Lane; Phyllis and Bill Clarkson; Steve and Linda Lane; Tom and Rachel Lane; Allen Harris; Bobby Almany; and Howard and Barbara Ganoe.

Visitation Wednesday 6-8pm and funeral Thursday 2pm at McCoy’s Funeral Home, 150 Country Club Drive SW, Blacksburg, VA Graveside service with military honors will be conducted Friday morning 11am at Southwest Veteran’s Cemetery, Dublin, VA.

The family would like to thank the following organizations:
Dr. Mark Currie, Lewis Gale Oncology/Hematology, Dr. Harry Erba, Duke Hematology and Blood Cancer, Salem Veterans Hospital, The Fisher House, Houston, TX, and MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX.