OBITUARY

Alvin F. Thompson

July 17, 1934March 23, 2020

Alvin “Al” F. Thompson, 85, of Orlando, Florida passed away on March 23, 2020.

His family’s hearts are overcome with emotion not only from the surprise of this loss, but with the thought of trying to express how deeply and tenderly he cared for them during his life…

Al was a GIVER. You could guarantee that any day of the week, he would have a smile on his face, a twinkle in his eye, and a toothpick in his mouth. He would drop everything to help you, and you could count on him bringing honest, wise advice that would somehow leave you feeling loved and laughing.

Everyone he met was a friend. You can only imagine how that kindness magnified with his own children and family… Al took care of everyone, from an early age, always working for and thinking of others. His decisions were considerate, wise and all about blessing the people he loved, especially his children. He ALWAYS put them first, almost impossibly the Best. Dad. Ever.

Al was born in Branford, Florida on July 17, 1934 to the late Ben & Estelle (Petty) Thompson. He served his country in the U.S. Navy and lived his life full of faith.

Al met his wife, Elaine, visiting her coffee shop down the street from where he worked; now celebrating 51 years of marriage.

Al spent his life in the telephone industry, largely with Bell South, now AT&T. He began as an installer, then became a repairman, and grew to be entrusted with more and more special services due to his skills, eventually becoming the chosen expert to serve Martin-Marietta.

His skills followed him home as handyman--fixing everything, building new creations with wood, and tending to his beloved yard, filled with flowers and plants. He and Elaine focused on cultivating plants that drew butterflies as of late, for the delight of their sweet great-granddaughter.

Al has given us so much to celebrate, and we look forward to inviting you to a Memorial Celebration of His Life at Baldwin-Fairchild Oaklawn Funeral Home in Sanford, Florida as soon as that becomes possible.

In the meantime, Al’s admiring family will surround him with love at a private burial with Navy Honors at Oaklawn Cemetery.

He is preceded in death by his dear parents, and five beloved brothers.

Al is survived by his wife, W. Elaine Thompson; son, Gregg Thompson (Vania Thompson) and daughters, Jeanine Millard (Tim Millard), Dessie Thompson (George Davis), and Jama Jordan (Pat Jordan); grandchildren, Quinn Thompson, Krista Thompson, Cody Thompson, Brandon Millard, Dalton Millard, John Powell, Tae Dukes, Amy Jordan and James Jordan; great granddaughter, Rylan Dukes; sister, Dessie Sellers; and, an uncountable number of friends Al could not help but make wherever he went.

Condolences may be offered at www.baldwinfairchildoaklawn.com

Services

  • Private Family Burial - A Memorial Celebration will be held in the days to come.

Memories

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Jack Lawton

March 27, 2020

Al was the only guy in my Bible study group at Orlando Baptist Church that was older than me. 😊 We had a good time about that.
I haven’t known Al very long...only about a couple of years but what a great, soft spoken guy. I always listened intently when he would ask a question or comment on a part of scripture we were studying.
I could see in him many of the comments made about his character in his obituary even though I haven’t known him long. He will surely be missed.
Jack Lawton

Lorrie Harjo FNA Thomson

March 27, 2020

Uncle Al and Aunt Elaine,
What a blast we had many years ago. I remember when y’all came to our church those couple of times and how shocked we were to see each other again after so long. My heart was crushed when I heard the news about Uncle Al. What sweet memories I have of all the cookouts and all the fun times and the list goes on. My love and condolences to you Aunt Elaine and to the family. I love y’all today as much I did back then. Praying for healing for all 🙏💔

Richard & Alma Butler

March 26, 2020

Al’s family....how blessed you were to have him in your life.
My husband Richard and Al were bosom buddies. They grew up blocks away from each other. Even tho life took them in different directions, they reconnected in Salt Springs over 30 years later as retirees both from the telephone company.
I met Al almost 26 years ago when Richard and I married. We are seasonal residents in Salt Springs, but when we arrived Al was the first person Richard would call. Once there, Al would ring Richard up in the morning and see what was planned for that day.. They worked together in each other’s places. And because we remodeled 3 cabins, Al mostly helped us with our place. He was a valued friend and as close as a brother to Richard. Richard would call Al to come eat with us (Elaine had moved to Orlando). He would say, Alma, have you said the blessing? They would call each other and could talk and reminisce about the good old days.
As a member of The First Baptist Church of Salt Springs, he was so missed when he moved to Orlando. He was an avid volunteer at the church and left a big hole when he moved. Our lives will never be the same without our dear friend. We loved him.
Our prayers with Elaine and family. We hope to see you soon. God bless.

Jerry Farina

March 26, 2020

Uncle Alvin,
He always made made you smile and was always a big jokester. I remember at one party we were having he and Uncle Troy slipped a bottle of Jack Daniels next to Granny in her chair. Then asked her when she started on the hard stuff. She was so embarrassed, but laughed so hard when she realized what they had done. Always so kind to me, one of my Favorites for sure. God Bless you Uncle Alvin you will be Greatly missed.

Johnette Bernosky

March 26, 2020

Although it has been years since I was in the family my heart has always remained a part of it which includes the best memories of Uncle Alvin. He was always such a kind and welcoming man. I feel blessed to have wonderful memories and great times with him and Aunt Elaine. Prayers are sent to all the family during this time. Love you all

Jama Herrera

March 26, 2020

Words really can't express how much I loved and respected my oldest brother. Al meant so much to me, my daughter Lorena, and my granddaughter Birty-Ana, he was such large loving figure in our lives. His love, kindness and support was endless. God blessed our family with Al, and he will always be loved and missed. Our lives are now forever changed by his loss. Even in our current social distancing, several of our neighbors have reached out to expressed their shock and sadness at losing Al. They all had wonderful stories to share of his kindness and how he always reached out to each of them as both a neighbor and a friend, helping them in someway or another. Letting them know he was always available if needed. Most of neighbors were shocked to find out that Al was 85. They all thought he was in his 60s, because he was so active and always working in the yard, or working on some kind of project. Al will be greatly missed in all of our lives. Everyone that knew Al, knows that he is now in haven and with Jesus, and we will meet up again one day. Forever in my heart, love you Al. Jama Herrera

Nathan Horner

March 25, 2020

I have always loved the visits and time spend with Uncle Al. Although they weren't very frequent, they were always enjoyable and memorable. My best memory is when I lived in Florida and he and Aunt Elaine took me and a friend out on their boat for the day...and fishing off his dock in Silver Springs. I will miss him.

Bob Chauffe

March 25, 2020

I've known Al for a couple of years, but I feel like it was a lifetime. His humor and smile will never ever be forgotten. I see Al in Jeanine and Dessie's mischievous smiles in humor. My prayers and thoughts are with the entire family at this most difficult time. Until we meet again Al, my friend, please be our guardian angel from above.

fAYE henderson

March 25, 2020

eLAINE AND MY SWEET Jama Carol. Words fail me at this time. I never knew Al that much but in my thinking he was what I refer to as a real gentleman. As they say a gentlemans gentleman. He will be missed so very much. I love you. Your family is like my family. GOD bless each and everyone of you.

Melanie Miller Kelly

March 24, 2020

Elaine, Jama and Family,
I had the opportunity to meet Al a few times and he was a real gentleman. He loved his wife, children, family and friends. He always had a beautiful smile.
My Sister, Michele told me of his passing. My heart breaks for all of you during this very sad time. Al is certainly in a better place than we are now and you will see him again.
Please know your entire family are in my constant thoughts and prayers.
God Bless,
Melanie Miller Kelly

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