John Harold Thompson

February 28, 1937April 10, 2018
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Sylvania –John Harold Thompson, age 81, passed away on Tuesday, April 10, 2018 at Optim Medical Center – Screven in Sylvania.

He was born in Screven County, GA to the late Carl William & Carwee Morel Thompson and was a member of Friendship Baptist Church. He graduated from Screven County High School in 1954 and enlisted in the United States Air Force. He retired as a Master Sergeant from the USAF in 1974 after 20 years of service. He received numerous awards and medals including the Air Force Commendation Medal First Oak Leaf Cluster and Second Oak Leaf Cluster for Meritorious Service. Some of his deployments included Viet Nam, Japan, Guam, the Philippines and England. After returning to Screven County with his family, he was employed with the Torrington Company and Gulfstream Aerospace. He retired from Gulfstream in 1992. He was a member of the VFW Post 7116 of Sylvania and enjoyed gardening and fishing. He was preceded in death by his Parents; Siblings: Claudelle T. McLaughlin, C.W. Thompson, Jr., Marjorie T. Smith, Edward Morel Thompson, Lucille T. Sheley and Horace R. Thompson.

Survivors: Loving wife of 59 years: Nancy Morris Thompson of Sylvania; Daughters and Sons-In-Law: Julie Thompson (Ray Williams), Lori T. & Charles Scott and Vickie T. Lovett (Nick Smith), all of Sylvania and Marie T. & David Groover of Nevils, GA; Sister: Betty T. Oliver of Sylvania; Grandchildren: Christopher J. Grovenstein (Amanda Bogart) of Sylvania, Craig W. Grovenstein (Angelina) of Statesboro, GA, Jessica S. Hall (Daniel) of Sylvania, Kirk G. Scott of Sylvania, Erika D. Lovett (Andrew Reddick) of Savannah, GA, Jacob D. Lovett of Sylvania, Hunter M. Groover of Statesboro and April R. Groover of Statesboro, GA; Great-Grandchildren: Kerrigan Bogart, Cody Grovenstein, John Daniel Hall, Luke Hall, Caleb Hall and Eli Hall; Several Nieces and Nephews.

Visitation: Friday, April 13, 2018 at 2:00 PM until 3:00 PM at Thompson-Strickland-Waters Funeral Home.

Graveside Service: Friday, April 13, 2018 at 3:30 PM at Screven County Memorial Cemetery with Rev. Chad Wall and Rev. Jason Wiltse officiating. Burial following in Screven County Memorial Cemetery with full military honors.

Pallbearers: Chris Grovenstein, Kirk Scott, Hunter Groover, Jacob Lovett, Robert Lariscy and Daniel Hall. Honorary Pallbearers: Jerry McLaughlin, Tommy McLaughlin, Bobby G. Smith, Jack Oliver, Jr., Terry Oliver, LeHue Sheley, William Harris Sheley, Fred Fountain, Don Hall, Members of VFW Post 7116 and other special military friends.

Remembrances: VFW Post 7116, c/o Phil Martin, 1203 Halcyondale Road, Sylvania, GA 30467.

Thompson-Strickland-Waters Funeral Home in charge of all arrangements.


  • VFW Post 7116 of Sylvania


  • Visitation Friday, April 13, 2018
  • Graveside Service Friday, April 13, 2018
  • Burial Following At Friday, April 13, 2018

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Marie Thompson Groover

August 11, 2018

Uncle Buck is gone as well. I hope the two of you enjoy each other's company. We are so lost without you. Love you both forever. David and Marie

Marie Groover

May 19, 2018

We danced. Me standing on top of your boots. I loved to untie those boots .I couldn't imagine having to wear those.I am barefooted now. And I realize how much your keeping them boots on has allowed me to be free enough to walk around barefoot. I love you..

Marie Thompson Groover

April 24, 2018

God I love you so much and will never be the same without you. So glad I got to see you on my birthday. Always remembering a kiss Hello and a kiss Goodbye. And you'd always suck in that toothpick to keep from poking me in the eye. Sweet Dreams forever. I love you and I will always love you.
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