OBITUARY

Walter Pierce Thompson Jr.

March 20, 1949March 26, 2021
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COLUMBIA – Walter Pierce Thompson, Jr., fondly known as “Butch”, “Walt” & “T.T.” to family, friends, and colleagues, passed away peacefully on Friday, March 26, 2021. He was a diehard Clemson Tiger fan and loved his Country.

Born March 20, 1949 in Spartanburg, S.C. He was the only son of the late Walter P. Thompson, Sr., and Sue Dillard Thompson. Walter was a 26-year veteran of the United States Army and Army Reserve, who retired from Fort Irwin, CA in 1993 where he was a member of the Cobra Team. Walter achieved the rank of Sergeant First Class. He was awarded the Silver Star for his Act of Valor in Combat in Vietnam, among other numerous awards. Walter was a member of the 101st Airborne Ranger Battalion and Drill Sergeant and loved the time he served in Panama, Germany, and many bases in the United States.

In retirement, Walter worked at Palmetto Health Richland as Security, Talbert Shives Funeral Home where he performed many services for many families and ultimately found his way back to Fort Jackson as Security before retiring again to spend more time with his family. Walter loved spending time with his loving wife of 26 years, his children, grandchildren, and his four-legged babies (Sophie & Zoe).

Walter is survived by his wife, Kathy Evans Thompson; daughters, Penny McDaniel (Jeff) of Pontiac, S.C., and Tonya Etheridge Green (David) of Blythewood, S.C.; two grandsons, Hunter McDaniel and Tyler Etheridge; two stepgrandchildren, Shelby Green and Chase Green; and his sister, Betty Jones. He was predeceased by his sister, Linda Garner.

A memorial service will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 1, 2021 at Dunbar Funeral Home, Northeast Chapel on Hardscrabble Road, Columbia, S.C. with interment Military Honor Service at 3:00 p.m. in Fort Jackson National Cemetery, Percival Road, Columbia, S.C. The family will receive friends starting at 12:30 p.m. at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the National Lung Association of America or a charity of one’s choice.

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Desiree Lykes

April 1, 2021

Rest well our friend , you will never be forgotten . The love that you share with my family was genuine . It really seems like yesterday that we met , but it has been 31 fun years . I still remember your jokes and your love for my cooking . We love you our friend !!!!
Jack , Desi , LaNita and Step

Tonya Etheridge Geeen

March 28, 2021

Butch,
You may not have shared your blood with me but you shared your heart. You taught me what a father should be and what a man with honor was. The memories that I have of you will last me a lifetime and I know that someday we will meet again. I was blessed to have you in my life and to call you my dad. I will never forget you teaching me to drive, you walking me down the aisle or the way you just smiled when you knew you had taught Tyler something he shouldn’t know. You were the best father a girl could ask for. We had a bond that was unexplainable and will never be broken. I know that you are in heaven now watching over us . I love you .

Tonya

Penny McDaniel

March 28, 2021

Butch - we loved you and you loved us with all you had. The memories I have of our years together I cherish more then you anyone will ever know. I will remember our talks, our fun times, our 6 hour trip that should have been made in 2 hours. You were not just my dad you were my friend.

Love you always,

Penny

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National Training Center - Cobra Team - 14D

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Cobra Team - 14D

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Happiest Day of his life - 6/18/1994

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National Training Center - Cobra Team - 14D

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Cobra Team - 14D

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Happiest Day of his life - 6/18/1994

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burn that chicken - he loved to cook but boy could he burn it up really good!

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