James T.R. "Jim" Thompson

June 7, 1928April 20, 2019

James T.R. (Jim) Thompson, 90, of Statesville, died Saturday, April 20, 2019 at Gordon Hospice House.

He was born in Iredell County on June 7, 1928, to Henry Fletcher Thompson, Sr. and Mary Norris Thompson, who both preceded him in death. He was also preceded in death by his brothers, Henry Fletcher (Doc) Thompson, Jr., Flake Adams Thompson and Allie Frank Hartness.

Mr. Thompson was a graduate of Statesville Senior High School, a WWII Veteran of the US Navy, serving on the USS Cleveland and the USS Sarsfield. He was a member of Oakland Presbyterian Church, where he served many years as an elder. He retired after many years of employment as an agronomist with FCX, Inc. and Southern States.

Survivors include his wife, Jewel Madison Thompson of the home, two sons, Dennis Ray Thompson and wife, Linda, of High Point and James Timothy Thompson and wife, Mary, of Statesville; a grandson, Matthew Thompson and wife, Melissa of Charlotte. Also surviving are a great-granddaughter, Emma Thompson and a great-grandson, Carter Thompson of Charlotte. Also a step-grandson, Johnny Taylor and wife Crystal of Archdale, step-great granddaughter, Ashley Peek and husband Justin of Trinity, a step-granddaughter, Cindy Pelchat and husband Mike of Thomasville, step-great grandson Joseph Powell of Texas, many nieces and nephews, one sister, Julia Nantz of Statesville and one sister-in-law, Doris Thompson of Kentucky.

Special thanks to Dr. Ruby Grimm and her staff, to the first floor, North, staff of Iredell Memorial Hospital and to the staff of Gordon Hospice House.

Funeral services are scheduled for Wednesday, April 24, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. at the Westmoreland Chapel of Bunch-Johnson Funeral Home with Rev. Steve Snipes and Rev. Dr. Chris Fitzgerald officiating. The family will receive friends prior to the service, from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will immediately follow the service at Oakwood Cemetery with full military rites provided by the Iredell County Veteran’s Burial Honors Detail.

Memorials may be made to The American Cancer Fund or the Gordon Hospice House.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at Bunch-Johnson Funeral Home is entrusted with the arrangements for Mr. Thompson.


  • The American Cancer Fund or the Gordon Hospice House


  • Visitation Wednesday, April 24, 2019
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, April 24, 2019
  • Burial Wednesday, April 24, 2019


James T.R. "Jim" Thompson

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Sharon Wilcox Burgess

April 24, 2019

Dear Tim & family:
Just wanted you all to know that we were very sorry for your loss. Please know you and the family are in our hearts and prayers daily.
Sharon Wilcox Burgess

American Cancer Fund

April 24, 2019

The staff of the American Cancer Fund at is sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. We have received a memorial donation in his name and our sincere condolences go out to his family.

Sandra Cook

April 24, 2019

I was sorry to hear about Jim's passing ,he was a great person and I so enjoyed pulling for the Tarheels against his Duke devil's , I would call him or he was calling me about the game's, God allowed him a good long life and please know I am praying for the family

Cynthia Freeze

April 23, 2019

I will be unable to attend visitation or the service due to an appointment. You are in my thoughts and prayers. I have so many wonderful memories of Christmas Eve. Jim was always excited and was anticipating the big breakfast the next morning. We stayed so late I often wondered just how much sleep he got before he started cooking. Treasure all you memories. Love, Cindy Freeze