CHADBOURN — Lacy Randolph Thompson Sr., 87, went to be with the Lord Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at Columbus Regional Healthcare in Whiteville.
He was the son of the late Roy Siers and Clara Powell Thompson and was also preceded in death by four siblings, Bill Thompson, Mary Lee Thompson Simmons, Leroy Thompson and Archie Thompson.
Following his naval service during WWII, he graduated from Gupton-Jones School of Mortuary Science in Nashville, Tenn. Lacy was very dedicated to the people of Columbus County serving for more than 40 years as coroner (1950-1952), County Commissioner (1952-1966) and Clerk of Superior Court (1966-1992). After his election as coroner in 1950, he had the privilege of being the youngest elected official in North Carolina. Following his retirement from public service, Lacy enjoyed sharing with others the many vegetables that he cultivated from his garden.
On September 20, 2013, Governor Pat McCrory honored Lacy by bestowing upon him, “The Order of the Long Leaf Pine,” North Carolina’s highest award.
The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Friday, April 25 at Worthington Funeral Home in Chadbourn. A celebration of life service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 26 at Chadbourn Baptist Church, of which he was a lifetime member, with Rev. Dr. Danny Russell and Rev. C.F. McDowell III officiating. Interment will be in Chadbourn Memorial Cemetery.
He leaves to cherish his memory, his wife of 64 years, Doris Wooten Thompson of the home; three daughters, Joyce T. Long and her husband, Randy, of Matthews, Gayle T. Williamson and her husband, Pete, and Elaine T. Honeycutt and her husband, Jerome, all of Chadbourn; two sons, Lacy R. Thompson Jr. and his wife, Maria, of North Myrtle Beach, S.C. and Roy Shade Thompson and his wife, Kelly, of Florence, S.C.; one brother, Frank Thompson and his wife, Betty, of Sanford; nine grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
Memorials may be made to the, “Flora Smith Scholarship Fund,” c/o Chadbourn Baptist Church, 504 N. Howard Street, Chadbourn, N.C. 28431 or to the Chadbourn Community Library, 301 N. Wilson Street, Chadbourn, N.C. 28431.