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Harold Eugene Thompson, age 78, of 106 Sarah’s Way, Jonesborough, died Monday, Feb. 7, 2011, at Johnson City Medical Center.
Mr. Thompson was a native of Unicoi County and a son of the late Robert Earl Sr. and Catherine Sandidge Thompson.
He retired from the U.S. Navy following a 20-year career, spanning 1951 until 1971. He was very dedicated to his military career. The first ship he served aboard was the USS Ault DD-698 from June 1952 until June 1957. He later served several rotations on the USS Independence CVA-62.
It is noted in his military record that he crossed the equator several times during his career in the U.S. Navy. In a recommendation for promotion, it was noted “Master Chief Thompson works in a quiet but efficient way, never getting excited, seldom getting angry and always getting the job done. He is organized and well trained.”
Following his retirement from the U.S. Navy, he worked for the city of Memphis and retired as an electrical and air-conditioning engineer.
Other than his parents, Mr. Thompson was preceded in death by his brothers, Jim and his wife Joan Thompson and Earl and his wife Elaine Thompson; and a brother-in-law, Clarence Bolton.
Survivors include his wife, Lila Ruth Thompson of Jonesborough; sister, Blanche Thompson Bolton of Johnson City; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Charles and Shirley Prater of Atoka, Tenn.; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held Thursday, Feb. 10, at 1 p.m. in the Valley Funeral Home Chapel. The Rev. David Crutchfield officiated.
Interment followed at Seviers United Methodist Church Cemetery with military graveside honors presented by the Tennessee National Guard.
Valley Funeral Home was in charge.