Johnnie K Thompson

johnnie thompson

Johnnie Kimber Thompson, 86, of Robbins, NC passed away peacefully on April 2, 2024 at FirstHealth Hospice & Palliative Care; West End, NC. 

Johnnie was born on May 5, 1937 in Mountain Park, Surry County, NC, to the late Benjamin Horton (“Hort”) Thompson and Corabettie “Pearl” Cockerham Thompson. 

Johnnie graduated from Mountain Park High School in 1955 and joined the United States Air Force after graduation. He met his future bride and the love of his life, Ellen “Elaine” Moore of Eagle Springs, while stationed at Myrtle Beach and they were married on July 2, 1960. He was honorably discharged as an Airman First Class in May of 1962. 

Johnnie was preceded in death by his parents, Hort and Pearl Thompson, brothers, Freddie Lee (“Moose”) Thompson and Charles Nolan Thompson. 

He is survived by his wife, Elaine, and sons, Gerald, Craig, Randal (Audrey), & Carl (Candace), grandchildren, Alex (Jesi), Shannon, Avery, & Ella Grace. He is also survived by his brother, Doughton Thompson (Pat) and sister, Doris Wagoner, many nieces, nephews and friends. 

Johnnie spent the majority of his life working in the poultry industry, making life-long friends along the way. He was an avid golfer, making his second hole-in-one in 2023 at the age of 86. He loved raising beef cows on what his family & co-workers lovingly called “The Ponderosa.” He made a positive impact on everyone that he met or worked with, and to the day he died, remained close with his friends and family. Thankfully, he was able to retire at the young age of 63 and enjoyed the next several years traveling with his wife and making priceless memories that he treasured until his death. He tirelessly cared for his wife as they both began to experience serious health issues, never complaining, only loving.

Johnnie was an active member at Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church in Robbins for almost fifty years. He was involved in every aspect of church ministry throughout the years. He often worked behind the scenes, keeping the church facility in good working order. 

Johnnie’s family called him “Pop” or “Paw Paw” and we will all miss him so very much. We are so thankful that God placed us in his family and look forward to the day that we will be with him again. 

Funeral service will be 2 PM, Saturday, April 6, 2024 at Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church, with Reverend Vic Hill officiating.  Burial, with Military Honors, will follow in the church cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 PM, Friday, April 5, 2024 at Kennedy Funeral Home.

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Visitation: April 5, 2024 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Kennedy Funeral Home
241 N Middleton Street
Robbins, NC 27325


Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church
1535 North Moore Road
Robbins, NC 27325


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  1. Elaine and family I’m so sorry for your loss! Johnny was a good man and will be missed by all who knew him. I went to church with Johnny and Elaine and they are/were such good people, very loving, welcoming and nice people! May God give you all the peace and strength in the days ahead! Praying for you all!

    • Condolences to the family and I am very sorry for your loss. I had the opportunity to work with Johnny.
      Kind regards

  2. Mrs. Thompson, Gerald, Craig, Randal, Carl and family,
    Kim and I are grieved for you all in your loss of Johnnie. Such a kind, friendly, loyal man, and so inclined to help his neighbors anytime. Elaine and his family were always his top priority as well as friends and neighbors. We are all blessed to have known him and privileged to call him friend. He will be greatly missed. May God cradle you all in His loving arms in your grief and in the days to come. We love you all. Kim and Bruce Williams

  3. My prayers are with Johnnie’s family. He was a wonderful man with a fine family. God bless you all.

  4. We were so sorry to hear of Johnny’s death.
    Our thoughts & prayers are with Elaine &
    All family members. We will always remember
    Johnny & his dedication to his family &
    Pleasant Hill Methodist Church.
    Linda & Bobby Wallace

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