Fred Thompson

  • Died: November 1, 2015
  • Location: Nashville, Tennessee

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Fred Thompson

U.S. senator who also acted in feature films and on television

Fred Thompson, a Republican U.S. senator from Tennessee for eight years who also acted in feature films and on television, has died, his family says in a statement. For full obituary and coverage, click here.


Condolence & Memory Journal

Take comfort in knowing that now you have a special guardian angel to watch over you.

Posted by george turner - rochester, NH   April 22, 2018

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fred Thompson was a good actor and will miss

Posted by george turner - rocheste, NH   April 22, 2018

He was a favorite actor of my Father's and mine. He made Law & order more than just a TV show.

Posted by A friend   June 05, 2017

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Posted by Valenda Newell - Indianapolis, IN   December 02, 2016

I met Mr.Thompson at Cracker Barrell and talked to him about being President and he said he was making a movie... The Secretariot I believe. I told him I didn't respect many men but he was one of them and he smiled really big and Thanked me. I saw him and his family again and then when working at the Radison his flight got canceled and he checked in the Hotel to wait. I am so sorry to hear a little late he has gone.

Posted by Judith sexton - Franklin, TN   July 16, 2016

I like Fred and always thought he would make a great President. Everything he did he did well. I just now saw this article on his passing.. I have been wondering why he didn't try for president and now I see.
Am a little late but I am so sorry for your loss. I pray that God will help you through your grief. God Bless you and may he always be with you and yours.Amen.
Carol Cole, Athens, Pa.

Posted by Carol Cole - Athens, PA   February 28, 2016

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Posted by A friend   February 16, 2016

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Fred Thompson rip

Posted by Philip Tartaglia - Baltimore, MD   February 05, 2016

Fred was great actor he will be missed God bless. From tartaglia family Baltimore maryland

Posted by Pjilip Tattaglia - Baltimore, MD   February 05, 2016

Mr. Thompson was an amazing awesome human. He was great in politics and a fine actor.
My family and myself had hoped he would have made it to the White House.as he was s straight up honest down to earth human. You will be missed. Rest in peace and prayers are with your family.

Posted by Tom/Madonna Sparrow - Parker, SD   December 04, 2015

He was great at everything he did. He would've been a great president and just what this country needs.

Posted by Fred McCreay - Columbus, OH   November 21, 2015

The constituents of Tennessee are especially saddened over the news of Senator Thompson's death. We all join you in your grief and look forward to the time when John 5:28 will be the highlight of our day. Simply loved Fred Thompson's character in "Law and Order!"

Posted by Eugene and Family    November 15, 2015

Dear Ms. Thompson,

I am saddened by your loss and wish to express my particular appreciation of Senator Thompson's championing the cause of Department of Energy sick workers - he played an essential role in the passage of the Energy Employees Occuptional Illness Compensation Program Act of 2000 - and advocating for whistleblower Marie Ragghianti and other government agency whistleblowers, including me in the Department of Energy.

Posted by Joseph Carson - Knoxville, TN   November 13, 2015

Posted by Joseph Carson - Knoxville, TN   November 13, 2015

Dear Jeri and family,

I was devastated to hear of Fred's passing. It was a great honor to work on his presidential campaign and see a man so dedicated to work to change the direction of this country. He was truly a great American.

I will miss him deeply.

Posted by Leah G Levy - Fairfax Station, VA   November 10, 2015

God bless and keep you. Aggie

Posted by Aggie Goodacre - Dallas, TX   November 09, 2015

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RIP Mr. Thompson. You will be missed. Condolences to the whole family.

Posted by Sue - MA   November 07, 2015

To the family of Fred Thompson please understand that your family is in my prayers. May the lord be with you in this difficult time.

Posted by A friend   November 07, 2015

A soul of great integrity and a true gentleman and patriot My late Husband and I so admired him through the years. We all have lost a great friend and role model. Deepest condolences to the Thompsons....

Posted by Mrs Robert Gottlieb - Brentwoo, SK   November 07, 2015

We will miss the gentleman from Tennessee. He was so loved and admired on and off the floor.

Posted by Robin McNutt - Fort Smith, AR   November 07, 2015

May God bless the Thompson family. Senator Thompson was a great Tennessean and a great American. He would have made a great President.

Posted by Barry Self - Madisonville, TN   November 07, 2015

I always love him in Law and Order and I've always believe he was a kind and gentle man Rest In Peace

Posted by Janice Whitfill - Louisville, KY   November 06, 2015

Our deepest sympathies. Prayers to the family. Really liked Fred. RIP.

The Finn's ( New Jersey ).

Posted by A friend   November 06, 2015

Freddie;Thanks for your service to TN and our great country.Sincere condolences to your family. Mike(#63) and Margaret(Hendrix) Dooley;LCHS Class of 1961

Posted by A friend   November 06, 2015

To the family of Senator Fred Thompson: We loved him, we cherished him, and we will always remember him. Sincere condolences, David E. Whitney, Chicago, Illinois

Posted by A friend   November 06, 2015

I cried when I read the news and I'm crying still. I loved this man so much. He was such a loyal American. A true Republican in every sense of the word. He will be greatly missed. Rest In Peace. From the years of watching him on the Silver Screen and the Small Screen, I feel like we are old friends.

Posted by Lisa Eastman - Cleveland, AR   November 06, 2015

Our deepest sympathy to the Thompson family. Senator Thompson was truly a great politician as well as actor. I was privileged to have met him at a speaking engagement in Nashville several years ago! He will be greatly missed! Prayers to the family.

Posted by Betty Richardson - Lewisburg, TN   November 06, 2015

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Condolences to the entire Thompson family. We loved and respected Fred Thompson--wishing so badly he had been our President.

Posted by Johnson Family - Nashville, TN   November 06, 2015

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To the family of Fred Thompson: So very sorry for your loss he was a great man. This state as well as our country will miss him, not to mention in the movie theaters as well. He will be greatly missed here on earth but heaven has gained a wonderful angel. Love to you all.

Posted by Sherri Duncan - Henderson, TN   November 06, 2015

To the family of the Honorable Fred D. Thompson my sincere condolences. Senator Thompson was a man with outstanding leadership traits and upheld them. I would have been honor to vote for him as the next President of these United States of America. Thanks for all of his services to this nation.

Posted by Robert Henry - Kennesaw, GA   November 06, 2015

Not surprised, reading the many condolences, at the positive effect Fred has had on so many lives. Me, too. He revived feelings of hope, pride, joy and respect that often come when being in the presence of a hero. Not perfect, but a mighty man. Godspeed, Fred Thompson, as you have left the pain to experience Eternal Joy.

Posted by Carol Simpson - La Vergne, TN   November 05, 2015

Dear Thompsons:

I am praying for you all during this time of personal loss.

Fred Thompson was one of my favorites. My friend worked for Congressman Martin Lancaster(NC) at the time Fred was Senator I asked if he could see Fred for an autograph ! To my surprise I received a glassy picture of Fred 's red pick up truck in front of the Capitol! I cherish this and plan to display the photo next to other dignitaries my hall gallery at Timothy O. Tillett Bed and Breakfast

Proverbs 10:7 "The memory of the just (righteous) is blessed". May all your memories be special and bring joy to your broken hearts. "Memories are photographs taken by your hearts ready to recall at any time."
Lorraine Tillett Outer Banks NC

Posted by Lorraine Tillett - Wanchese Roanoke island, NC   November 05, 2015

Jeri,

Rewind back to 1995 when Tennessee was celebrating its Bicentennial. Working as an actress in Nashville, I had just earned my Screen Actors Guild card and decided to consider writing, producing and performing historical plays across the State of Tennessee in celebration of Tennessee's Bicentennial. I revealed my plans to my friend Congressman Marsha Blackburn (then Executive Director of Tennessee's Film, Entertainment and Music Commission) and she in turn, unknown to me, told Senator Fred Thompson. He had his chief of staff call and invite me to bring my troupe of actors to the Kennedy Center to perform. In bringing Michael Sloan's Bicentennial portrait to life (which I had helped with as a part of the McWherter administration), we launched our original show, Tennessee's Music and Heritage and took Davy Crockett, the Senator's hometown of Lawrenceburg's legend, W.C. Handy, Rachel and Andrew Jackson and Sergeant Alvin C. York's mother to the Kennedy Center. From that moment on, we were busy for two years performing our original shows across the State of Tennessee and Kentucky.

We again worked together later that year when the 1776 musical performed with the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, DC. Senator Thompson starred as John Hancock, his first live theatrical role, amongst his Congressional associates who portrayed the other historical characters.

Senator Thompson assisted me in the early days of my theatrical career by giving me a chance to be a part of history and do something great for our state and its citizens. I'll always remember his encouragement, his booming voice, and his steadfast dedication to helping another actor reach her goals.

Senator, you will be missed.

Tamara Trexler
SAG-AFTRA Convention Delegate
Dignity Memorial Public Relations Director and Pre-Planning Advisor

Posted by Tamara Trexler - Brentwood, TN   November 05, 2015

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"I have fought the good fight to the end; I have run the race to the finish; I have kept the faith." Thank you, Mr. Senator, for your service, your love of God and country and your example. May He grant us all the grace and courage to emulate you.

"Well done, good and faithful servant."

Posted by Lucille O'Keefe - Mt. Ephraim, NJ   November 05, 2015

I'm sorry for the family and friends loss. Even though I did not know him I respected work in film. Condolences to all

Posted by Dawn Ferrin - Cameron, NC   November 05, 2015

I am so sorry for your loss. He is absolutely one of my favorite actors and will be greatly missed.

Posted by Ellen Kiltau - Akron, OH   November 05, 2015

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Jeri and Family:

Like so many in this area, Fred was a steadying influence in the emerging Republican party in Tennessee. From Vanderbilt days to today, I always knew he would tell me the truth in a no-nonsense way. And those great hugs, huge smiles and "radio" voice--will miss them so much. Much love and sympathy from both Ray and me. Ruth and I shared birthdays--Freida joined us, too. Still miss them terribly. Praying for all of you.

Posted by Gloria O'Steen - College Grove, TN   November 05, 2015

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TO MRS THOMPSON I LIKE TO SEE FRED ON LAW AND ORDER IT WAS A HPPY FRED ON TV. FRED WAS LIKE RONALD REAGAN ON TV ALWAY HAPPY
FROM EDUARDO PEREZ IN GOOD OLA
INDEPENDENCE, MO.

Posted by EDUARDO PEREZ - Independence, MO   November 05, 2015

I cried when I found out. What a powerful man.

Posted by Nancy Mardin - ROSEMOUNT, MN   November 04, 2015

appearing to be very much himself in whatever he did, acting or politics...much like Ronald Reagan....a kind man with a positive outlook on life & our country.
When I heard the news of his passing, it felt as though I had lost a good friend.
The world will not be the same without Fred's presence,
but heaven will be a little brighter.
Good-bye my friend.


God Bless his family members.

Posted by Jan Mills - Lansing, IL   November 04, 2015

Jeri, Hayden and Samuel....please accept my deepest sympathy and prayers for your family.

Posted by John Fields - Jacksonville, FL   November 04, 2015

Fred you were my favorite when you ran for president. I met you in my home town of Montezuma Iowa. may the lord be with you and your family

Posted by JAMES WEHRLE - HARLINGEN, TX   November 04, 2015

To THE THOMPSON FAMILY:
We loved Mr. Thompson so much we are very sad to see him go, but GOD. Loved him best.
Love. Always,
The. Hall. Family
Memphis, Tn.

Posted by Peggy Hall - Nashville, TN   November 04, 2015

Thoughts and prayers are with Mr. Thompson's family, friends and collegues. He was an extraordinary public servant, candid and a wonderful actor. We will long remember him and miss him.

Posted by Tom Wahl - Pensacola, FL   November 04, 2015

Loved your acting and character. You will be missed by all !

Posted by jackie McCutcheon - Gainesville, FL   November 04, 2015

My prayers are with your family during this difficult time.

Posted by A friend   November 04, 2015

So sorry for your loss,may God grant you peace...

Posted by A friend   November 04, 2015

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My deepest sympathy to the Thompson Family. You are in my prayer's.

Sen. Thompson was a wonderful person who loved the Lord.

God Bless!


Marsha Kosh
Ft. Myers, Fl.

Posted by marsha kosh - ft. myers, IA   November 04, 2015

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RIP

Posted by Kelly and Barbara    November 04, 2015

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Rest in peace my friend.

Posted by debora - Nashville, TN   November 03, 2015

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Posted by debora - Nashville, TN   November 03, 2015

Fred was a good man. He always stood up for what he believed in. A good republican and I think he would have been a good President. God bless his family.

Posted by Scot Felsoci - San Jose, CA   November 03, 2015

Deep condolences to all family and friends. I have enjoyed Mr. Dalton's work for many years. May he rest in peace.

Posted by Michael Corber - Vancouver, BC   November 03, 2015

Thank you Sen. Fred Thompson for your service to the State of Tennessee and our nation. Above all thanks for always just being real and being yourself. We are all better people because we crossed paths in life.

Posted by Bill Griffith - Cleveland, TN   November 03, 2015

I used to watch Fred on "Meet the Press" with Tim Russert. I loved both of them. Now they are both gone. I'm very sad, but I'm a better person having Ostend to both of them. God rest both of your souls.

Tim Bell
Mt Pleasant, MI

Posted by A friend   November 03, 2015

Rest in peace, Fred. We' Tennessean's are grateful for the only "True" conservative (R) US Senator we've had in 50+ yrs! This family, in their loss, has a true All American to fondly remember. Prayers are lifted for all.

Posted by Clarence Stubblefield - Columbia, TN   November 03, 2015

Dear Thompson my name is Faith Tobin/Rory Dockett and we'd like to express our condolecnes's to the Thompson Family on the loss of Fred Thompson.he'll surely be missed.luv,Faith/Rory

Posted by Faith/Rory Tobin/Dockett - Newton Centre/Brighton, MA   November 03, 2015

Great man! Our thoughts and prayers go out to family

Posted by Michael Jones - Sidney, OH   November 03, 2015

Wonderful actor and person. He will be missed. My condolences to his family.

Posted by A friend   November 03, 2015

To Fred Thompson's family. This wonderful man is resting in the bosom of the Lord. May you all find peace in his memories. You were all so very blessed to be his loving family. God bless you all at this very sad time. You will be in my prayers.

Posted by Barbara Musarra - Alexandria, VA   November 03, 2015

I admired Fred Thompson for his work on television and the movies. I thought he was a great politician just what Washington D.C. needed on Capitol Hill. I will miss him terribly. My sincerest condolences.

Posted by Marlene Haegele - Fredericksburg, VA   November 03, 2015

A great and good man. So sorry.


The Nelsons

Posted by A friend   November 03, 2015

Jeri, I'm so sorry for your loss. I only got to meet Fred once but I got the impression that he was a "gentle giant" and loved and respected by many. I will keep you and your family in my prayers.

Posted by "Matilda" Rita Richter - Aurora, NE   November 03, 2015

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Our state and nation has lost a great statesman. Leaders such as Senator Thompson usually come once in a generation. On behalf of the many friends of Fred in Cleveland thanks to the family for sharing this man with us. God bless the family and extended family.
Tom Rowland,
mayor,
City of Cleveland, Tn.

Posted by Tom Rowland - Cleveland, TN   November 03, 2015

Thompson Family-

Growing up in Hallbrook in the 70's, before I knew what Watergate was and long before he ever embarked on a career as an actor, I can remember thinking "Mr. Thompson" was perhaps one of the most charismatic guys around. Granted, I didn't know what "charisma" meant but even when he was out in his yard or handing out Trick or Treats, even a little kid like me knew that he was not your regular, Suburban Dad.

Until my own father died in 1992, he would laugh in remembering the time Betsy and Danny decided to play a pre-Halloween prank and get our pumpkins off the front porch. Dad happened to catch them in the act and he always laughed when remembering the fear in Betsy and Danny's eyes when he mentioned talking to their parents....

Thinking of all of The Thompson's and praying your memories and the love of your family and friends will sustain you.

Posted by Sharon Collie Northern - Murfreesboro, TN   November 03, 2015

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

Posted by Tom & Gail Stanford - Lawrenceburg, TN   November 03, 2015

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The world has lost another great human being who did so much for his country that he loved. He was truly a First Class Gentleman - one of a kind. Again my sincere condolences.

Posted by Kay Reckord Ames - Eureka, CA   November 03, 2015

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So very sorry for your loss. Mr. Thompson was a great actor - loved him in Law & Order and all his roles. He just seemed to be such a warm "teddy bear" type person and I loved him in commercials as well - he was sincere and gave you the feeling he truly believed what he said whether in a role or whatever he was doing. I was sorry when he pulled out of the presidential race. He will be truly missed. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time. Cherish the wonderful memories he's left with you. R.I.P. Fred

Posted by Kay Reckord Ames - Eureka, CA   November 03, 2015

To the family, please accept my condolences for your loss. May you throw all your anxieties on our God and Father and may he be for you a solid rock during these difficult times.
-sj

Posted by A friend   November 03, 2015

I really enjoyed watching Mr. Thompson on TV. In Law and Order and the movie Feds. So very sorry for the families loss.

Posted by Mary Kaye Tabler - Keystone Heights, FL   November 03, 2015

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Posted by Alice Guckian Queen - Fentress, TX   November 03, 2015

Sympathies to your family and friends. Loved you forever; RIP

Posted by louise wisinski - west allis, WI   November 03, 2015

Always liked Fred Thompson and enjoyed meeting him at church in VA a few years back. Very nice man and humble. I don't know why but when I was looking up at him and listening to him speak it made me think that perhaps his personality was akin to President George Washington's or how I would imagine him being. His mother is such a lovely woman and beautiful spirit - after meeting her I knew why Fred was like he was with having been raised by a woman like her. Our country's loss. Thinking of his family.

Posted by Toni Blake - Alexandria, VA   November 03, 2015

My heart goes to all family members of my depart cousin Fred. You may not remember me but my name is Anita Makkos [Videmsek}and I live in Ohio.God Bless All of you...maybe you can call me...330 748 4478 after 6pm EST....thank you

Posted by Anita Makkos [Videmsek] - Northfield Village, OH   November 03, 2015

We Have Lost A First Class Gentleman. My Condolences To His Family, Friends, And To The People Of Tennessee. Fred Was Truly One Of A Kind. He Will Be Missed.

Posted by Cliff Saxon - Attalla, AL   November 03, 2015

My deepest sympathy to the family. Senator Thompson was a true inspiration and source of wisdom. A great man and a great loss to all.

Posted by AJ Gentry - High Point, NC   November 03, 2015

R.I.P.You made a difference. The world will miss you.

Posted by Charles Scott - Nashville, TN   November 03, 2015

My Condolences to the thompson family til this day i watch law and order reruns may mr thompson rest in peace and may god help you through this time of sorrow he will always be remembered

Posted by anna morrow - cranston, RI   November 03, 2015

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Rest in Peace

Posted by Scott Chamberland - St.Agatha, ME   November 03, 2015

rip

Posted by michelle plakas-kaiser - kaiserslautern, germany   November 03, 2015

It is with deep sadness and a heavy heart that the LORD called you home FRED you were a beacon of light as a public servant and the work you implemented made our lives better.
I want you to know that I was your biggest fan and when you spoke of your vision for this country it was like you were talking to me alone, I thank you for your unselfish dedication and love of this country and it's people. You will live in our hearts forever.
May the LORD receive you into his kingdom.
Never forget you
Al

Posted by al smith - ballston spa, NY   November 03, 2015

You will be sorely missed. Rest in peace and thank you for serving our country in the Senate and enlightening our world with your acting.

Posted by Ron Johnson - Columbia, TN   November 03, 2015

You will be sorely missed. Rest in peace and thank you for serving our country in the Senate and enlightening our world with your acting.

Posted by A friend   November 03, 2015

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

Posted by Jeannie Figueroa - NY   November 03, 2015

A first class gentleman that will sadly be missed by us that had the pleasure of knowing him. God Bless his family through the days a head.

Posted by Bill Burnett - Nashville, TN   November 03, 2015

I know the Lord called you home Fred, and so you went. Being a sister in Christ I will someday meet you. To the family of Mr.Thompson, the great American that he was, I have lifted you in prayer knowing the Lord is there for you and out of love I say this from my heart. God bless your beautiful family.

Posted by Cheryl Richard - Wildomar, CA   November 02, 2015

Deepest condolences to the family and friends of a great man in government and the screen.

Posted by Gina Donahue - Louisville, KY   November 02, 2015

I watched him on Law & Order and on the Republican debates and he seemed to be a nice man. Rest in Peace.

Posted by Chris - Springfield, IL   November 02, 2015

So sorry to here about Fred Thompson. I never met him but I do like his movies.he was a good actor and good in politics. Praying for his family and friends during this diffucult time. R.I.P.

Posted by Bonnie and Tommy Quinn - Madison, TN   November 02, 2015

Admired his servanthood. A life well lived. Blessings of comfort and peace to his family.

Posted by Randy Shirley - Toccoa, GA   November 02, 2015

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R.I.P.Senator

Our deepest condolences to the family.

Posted by Anna Llanes - San Benito, TX   November 02, 2015

I was sad to hear that Mr. Thompson has passed. I never met the man but he seemed to be a noble man with high morals and a love for his country. We will all miss him.

Posted by Kathleen Flanagan - Carson City, NV   November 02, 2015

A fine Tennessean

Posted by Charles Clinard - Nashville, TN   November 02, 2015

Prayers for Senator Fred Thompson's family..this I ask in Jesus' Name for them to be comforted and encouraged.

Posted by David Morrison - Elmer, LA   November 02, 2015

with deepest sympathy,
Gerry and Joann Letzo
Pottsville , Pa

Posted by Joann Letzo - Pottsville, PA   November 02, 2015

To all the lovely family of a wonderful hero and true American. Fred was a man of great virtue and he made us all better people. You are all in our prayers as you have lost a sweet soul. We will see him again in that place we all long for. John Tidwell

Posted by John Tidwell - Birmingham, AL   November 02, 2015

Thank you for your service. A credit to Lawrence County, The State of Tennessee and the United States of America. You will be missed. RIP

Posted by Terry Carr - Canton, GA   November 02, 2015

So sorry to hear the passing of Mr. Thompson a very good Senator and actor. He will truly be missed.

Posted by Laura Peace Stafford - Cowpens, SC   November 02, 2015

Thank you Fred. A real American hero
Lance Dunaway

Posted by Lance Dunaway - Oak Ridge   November 02, 2015

You were my favorite and will be sorely missed. I loved you.

Posted by Eric Thompson - Brentwood, TN   November 02, 2015

lawyer and a politician a great loss

Posted by A friend   November 02, 2015

Condolences to your family. You were a respected man,the Country and I will miss you Sir.

Posted by Wayne Bertholdt - Shrewsbury, PA   November 02, 2015

Posted by Kaye    November 02, 2015

I am so sorry to hear of a great actor who has pass so suddenly. He will always be remembered in all the work that he did as an actor and parent. God Bless All of YOU.

Posted by Ruthann - Toledo, OH - just like seeing him on TV   November 02, 2015

Rest in peace, Senator. My deepest condolences to your family.

Posted by Bambi McKibbon-Turner - Palm Beach Gardens, FL   November 02, 2015

I have always admired Senator Thompson for his roll as a Senator and Actor. He will be missed.

Posted by Paula Reneau - Nacogdoches, TX   November 02, 2015

To Fred Thompson family, Our thought, and prayers are with you all. May he rest in peace. Now! he is
out of pain, and in the arms of our GOD! Thank you
for sharing him with us he will be missed May God bless him.

Posted by Tonini - Louisville, KY   November 02, 2015

Wow, you will be missed, sir!

Posted by dolly jewell - gaithersburg, MD   November 02, 2015

Mrs. Thompson and family.
Thank you for sharing Sen. Thompson with us.
Thank you for his service to the United States both in the law, political and entertainment fields.
My family and I were saddened by his illness and for you and your family's loss.
He will be missed and hopefully your program will continue if you are able.
Thank you for your care of Sen. Thompson.
His portrayal of an Flag Officer in the Navy was first rate I served under many like his character and observed many traits that fit a few Flag Officers in the Naval Service.
His lawyer both real and acted kept us safe and entertained us for many years.
Again we are sorry for your loss, God has another Angel to fill the ranks.
God bless one and all of the Thompson family.
Yours in service
James, Kathy and the Acerra family will pray for you all.

Posted by James Acerra - Mountain Home, AR   November 02, 2015

Thank you for sharing a part of your life with us.

Posted by Harry Simpson - Buckeye, AZ   November 02, 2015

Fred, and his first wife, Sarah, were good friends in the 1970s in Brentwood, TN. Fred had become famous because of Watergate but still enjoyed his private life - like the time he and Sarah introduced us to peal and eat shrimp spread on newspapers on their kitchen table. We spent a fun weekend with our sons at the Indy 500, and the 10 year olds beat all the adults by winning the jackpot for picking the right winners. We appreciate all the good that you did for our country big guy, and will miss your thoughful and friendly ways.

Posted by Pete & Judy Benda - Raleigh, NC   November 02, 2015

Sen. Thompson is a political hero of mine. At the age of 16, I was sporting my Fred Thompson 2008 shirt. I am still proud of that shirt. My heart broke when I saw all the "RIP" post. May God richly bless the memory of Fred Thompson. Prayers for all the family and all of us who are mouring the loss of this amazing man!

Christian Love,
Parker Ward
(Shreveport, Louisiana)

Posted by Parker Ward - Shreveort, LA   November 02, 2015

Grief can be so hard, but our special memories help us cope. Remembering you and your loved one today and always.

Posted by Ellen - Houma, LA   November 02, 2015

I would like to express my condolences to the family and friends of Fred Thompson. I met the Senator during a campaign stop many years ago in the small Iowa town of Fairfield. I immediately felt at ease as we discussed politics, world affairs but most importantly the Vols and their upcoming bowl game.
I will always remember how I and others felt as we spoke for that short time in the bank lobby.
He will be remembered by many as a great person and statesman. But most importantly.. what a great President he would have been.

Posted by A friend   November 02, 2015

I've known Fred since elementary school and always liked and respected him. I consider him a true friend.
Delton Truitt

Posted by A friend   November 02, 2015

I always admired him. I would have voted for him if he would have gotten the presidential nomination. I especially liked his role on Law & Order. My heart goes out to his family and friends.

Posted by Gary Scobey - Grand Blanc, MI   November 02, 2015

Heartfelt sympathy to Jerri and the children of a true all American guy and true "conservative". He loved Tenn & it's people. A great inspiration to all.

Posted by Clarence Stubblefield - Nashville, TN   November 02, 2015

He was a great actor. Liked watching him on Law & Order. So sorry for your loss.

Posted by jodi frunzi - atlantic highlands, NJ   November 02, 2015

Loved this man as an actor. I pray for you in this time of sadness but you be proud of the legacy he has left and make him proud. God bless all of you.

Posted by A friend   November 02, 2015

I can not thank Fred Thompson enough for inspiring me as a young adult. I'll never forget his red truck! May the peace of God that surpasses all understanding be with the Thompson family.

Posted by Camille Hadley - Bartlett, TN   November 02, 2015

I am sorry for your loss. May the precious memories of your dear loved one forever live in the hearts of his family, friends and TV audience.

Posted by Taylor - AL   November 02, 2015

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My very deepest and most heartfelt sympathy to the Family of Fred Thompson. He was truly one of a kind, a true gentleman, a talented actor, and a true conservative with only the best of intentions for the United States of America. May God our Heavenly father comfort the Thompson Family in their hour of sorrow and grief, and may Mr. Thompson forever Rest In Peace.

Posted by George Bongert - Oshkosh, WI   November 02, 2015

May God Rest the soul of this dear American. He was a great man

Posted by Danny Liechty - Fort Wayne, IN   November 02, 2015

My deepest condolences to Fred's family. I have watched him on TV for years and he will be missed. Rest in Peace Fred.

GB in Colonie,NY

Posted by A friend   November 02, 2015

Most convincing actor in movies and TV. Most honest and trustworthy politician since Teddy Roosevelt. America lost one of her greatest.He came across as a Dad or Grandfather. Down home, down to earth. He will be missed......

Posted by Steve Stallard - Fresno, CA   November 02, 2015

Rest in peace and thanks for the memories

Posted by alvin douglas - Bloomington, CA   November 02, 2015

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As an actor, he conveyed fervor, dedication to cause, strength and compassionate concern. I feel that as a man, he would be the same. I always felt that I could trust him. I truly wish that I had known the man.

Posted by Dan Tillmans - Prescott Valley, AZ - Just a person who cares   November 02, 2015

I WAS SO SADDEN TO HEAR OF THE LOSS OF FRED THOMPSON , MY HEART BROKE. HE WAS A AWESOME ACTOR. I LOVED ALL LAW AND ORDER WHICH HE WAS IN . HE WAS A GREAT SOUTHERN GENTALMAN IN ALL HE DID REALLY DOWN TO EARTH . HE WILL BE MISSED. PRAYING FOR FAMILY AND FRIENDS DURING THIS TIME GOD BLESS YOU ALL. REST IN PEACE FRED SOME THE ANGLES HOW ITS DONE SOUTHERN STYLE

Posted by SCARLET GROOMS - LAWRENCEBURG, TN   November 02, 2015

I served with Fred when I was on the ISTAR Committee
Tennessee lost a true patriot!

Posted by Tracy Douglas - Akron, OH   November 02, 2015

Rip fred you will be dearly missed may you rest peacefully and prayers to your family <3>

Posted by amber Watson - fostoria, OH   November 02, 2015

Fred: Thanks for the memories: AUSA and Instructor at the TLETA in Donelson, seeking political office and criss crossing the state of TN in that small pick-up, the Watergate Affair, your TV and Movie credits, enjoying a libation with you at some of the country music party affairs in Nashville. TN has lost an icon and friend. "Requiescat in Pace" my friend. Rest in Peace.

Andrew Soltys, Cordova, Tennessee

Posted by A friend   November 02, 2015

See him in my TV everyday Reverse mortgage its like uncle who visits you all the time .your personality was hugeeee .Rest in peace Fred .May your light shines before others

Posted by Natalia Bongi - Madison, CT   November 02, 2015

His memorable performances on L&O will be missed.

Posted by A friend   November 02, 2015

Thank you for sharing your creativity then being of service to this country. Both were so greatly appreciated. Rest in peace and comfort.

Posted by Linda Reaves - East Orange, NJ   November 02, 2015

Was a great actor.

Posted by A friend   November 02, 2015

A true Southern Gentleman. RIP, Friend.

Posted by A friend   November 02, 2015

I have known Fred since law school. Fred never "acted". He was always Fred, the night manager at the Biltmore Motel in Nashville.

Posted by Tom Gamble - Birmingham, AL   November 02, 2015

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Prayers to the family.

Posted by Jennifer Petra-Potter - Chehalis, WA   November 02, 2015

God Bless Fred Thompson, he was a True American and will be missed

Posted by Bud & Amy Williams - Gray, TN   November 02, 2015

So sorry to learn of Fred's death. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.

Posted by Carol Browning - Washington, DC   November 02, 2015

So very sorry to hear of Mr.Thompson's passing.I viewed him as a great actor and I feel he would have been a formidable President,I was prepared to vote for him.My condolences to his family,may he rest in Peace.

Posted by LaVell Maultsby - Altha, FL   November 02, 2015

Dear Thompson Family -
I,too,am very sadden to learn of Mr. Thompson's passing. I will always have a fond memory of his portrayal as "Arthur Branch" in "Law and Order". He was one my favorite's in the show.
May He rest in eternal peace and let perpetual light shine upon Him. My sincere sympathy is extended to his loving family.

Posted by Marcia Ulan - St. John, IN   November 02, 2015

The Thompsons gone before were awaiting your arrival. Your mom and dad, Betsy, uncles Mitch, Wayne and Dallas and of course Maw and Pa Thompson...What a party there will be!

Posted by Janice Thompson - Mt. Juliet, TN   November 02, 2015

RIP Fred

Posted by - north smithfield, RI   November 02, 2015

Fred was one of my very favorite actors for he was always himself in all his acting, and in his life. I will never forget this man, we have lost one rare and wonderful person and he will never be forgotten.

Posted by Virginia Leistman - Corbin, KY   November 02, 2015

R I P Mr. Thompson. Thank you for sharing your talent with us. Your service to our country was appreciated also. You were a great man. Comfort to your family in this time of sorrow.

Posted by Bob & Barb G - Ocala, FL   November 02, 2015

I enjoyed watching Fred Thompson in Law and Order. I'm going to miss him.

Posted by Leslyn Lloyd - Spingfield, MO   November 02, 2015

I remember when Fred would visit C.W. & Reba Lois White and Uncle Nollie Brewer down in Columbia, Tennessee. My brother was married to C.W. & Reba's daughter, so I'd come down from St Louis and visit all of them. Fred was just one of the gang. We'll miss him. My sincerest condolences to the Fred Thompson Family.

Posted by Jim Pickering - Shiloh, IL   November 02, 2015

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R.I.P Cousin Fred

Posted by Tammy Thompson-Flatt - Lebanon, TN   November 02, 2015

May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.

Posted by - GA   November 02, 2015

May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.

Posted by - OH   November 02, 2015

My husband and I truly enjoyed all of the times we saw Mr. Thompson in action. We were ready to vote for him to be president when he withdrew from the race to our great sorrow. We wish the family our heartfelt condolences in his loss. He was a great man and person from our prospective. He will be missed by all those who followed him throughout his career. It is a great loss to all. He was a very wise and compassionate man.

Posted by Katherine Broen - Abbeville, SC   November 02, 2015

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In God's care rest in peace

Posted by Dwayne Bickham,Sr. - Dayton, OH   November 02, 2015

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I'm deeply saddened to learn of Mr. Thompson's passing, although his passing took place on All Saint's Day I believe that God had chosen that day to remind those of us who remain, that it takes not only a kind and compassionate person to seek out justice for the people in need of legal matters, even in his movies, but in his role of District Attorney of New York City on the television series Law and Order, where he showed the millions of viewers that most often it is a thankless job, but if and when possible that the truth will prevail and justice will will will win. Thank you Mr. Thomson for your service to the people of Tennessee both as their lawyer, Senator, their friend. With your expertise as a lawyer you made the show not only believable, a side of the legal judicial system the average person would never have known. Again thank you, God's Speed. My prayers for you and you loved ones, God's Peace and Grace. JohnDavid A. Griffin

Posted by JohnDavid A. Griffin - San Antonio, TX   November 02, 2015

Sincere condolences to the Thompson
family. May God bless you and your
family at this time of your sorrow.
May the love and support of family
and friends be a source of strength
and encouragement for you now, and in
the days to come.

Posted by A friend   November 02, 2015

sorry for your loss

Posted by Jeneva Thomas - Bridgeport, CT   November 02, 2015

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At That Point In Time... You will forever be remembered for your many roles. RIP

Posted by Ruthann Chapin - Pierpont, OH   November 02, 2015

Dear Thompson family I offer my heartfelt condolences.Draw close to God in prayer during this difficult time.

Posted by Cheryl Lynn - IL   November 02, 2015

Thinking of your family at this most difficult time,i will keep you in my prayers.God will also give you comfort.2COR 1:2-4

Posted by THOMAS FAMILY - CLEVELAND, OH   November 02, 2015

Farewell

Posted by David J Bhaltazhar Esq - Nisky Hill, PA   November 02, 2015

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A Rare Find in Politics; an Honest Man & a True Patriot.
Our Loss, The Lord's gain.

Posted by Howard Ballou - Cebu City, Philippines   November 02, 2015

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to freds family I'm sorry for his loss.he was a good actor rest in peace.i can never look ata mortgage company commercial again

Posted by chris cazzato - watervliet, NY   November 01, 2015

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Posted by Melanie Wheaton and family - Fentress, TX   November 01, 2015

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Posted by Linda Ericson-Porch - Tullahoma, TN   November 01, 2015

I've known Fred for several decades. He was my attorney in a serious court case which he won, of course. I knew him not only as an attorney but a friend and gentleman. He was such a kind, warm and compassionate person. He was the epitome of a true Southern Gentleman. He was a gentle giant of a man with such a gentle soul. I was blessed to have known him and be able to call him friend. RIP, Fred. You will be missed.

Posted by Linda Ericson-Porch - Tullahoma, TN   November 01, 2015

Thoughts and prayers are with the Thompson family as they gather strength & memories in order to move thru this very difficult time.
HSR - Lititz, PA

Posted by A friend   November 01, 2015

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May this light shine forever for Mr. Thompson's family.

Posted by Ray Russell - Mooresville, IN   November 01, 2015

Mr. Thompson was a fine man and a great American, who will be missed. Condolences go out to his family. Rest peacefully, Fred Thompson.

Posted by Cass F - WY   November 01, 2015

Thank you for pushing me through the fourth grade in Nashville.This planet has lost another angle.

Posted by John McClendon - Nashville, TN   November 01, 2015

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HE WILL BE MISSED , SUCH A KIND PERSON AND A KIND SPIRIT , GOD BLESS THE FAMILY. RIP

Posted by MIKE GALLEGOS - BELEN NM   November 01, 2015

Today we lost a great Tennessean and American. My prayers and sympathy goes out to the family and his friends. Senator Thompson did much in his lifetime and will live forever in the hearts of many .

Posted by Rosemary Holcomb - Old Hickory, TN   November 01, 2015

Very sorry to hear this news. Fred Thompson was one of a kind. Regardless of which side of the political aisle you might be on, you must respect the man's life, talent, and legacy. Condolences to his family.

Posted by Shelby Silver - Boston, MA   November 01, 2015

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CONDOLENCE TO MR. THOMPSONS FAMILY , GOOD PERSON , KIND SPIRIT , HE WILL BE MISSED , RIP

Posted by MIKE GALLEGOS - BELEN NM   November 01, 2015

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RIP

Posted by edna butler - sopchoppy, FL   November 01, 2015

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In god we trust,,,, thanks for the remembers

Posted by Manteen Williams - Nashville, TN   November 01, 2015

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May God be with the Thompson family. Our hearts and prayers are for the loss of Fred. May he rest in peace with our Lord.

Posted by Connie Force - Wichita, KS   November 01, 2015

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RIP, Fred. You will certainly be missed by your family and friends. Our deepest sympathy. Really enjoyed you in Law and Order and wish you could have proven yourself as our President.

Posted by Lee and Janet Allen - La Crosse, WI   November 01, 2015

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RIP MR. THOMPSON.

Posted by - lodi, CA   November 01, 2015

HE WILL BE MISSED , SUCH S A GOOD PERSON AND KIND SPRIT, GOD BLESS HIS FAMILY.

Posted by MIKE GALLEGOS - NM   November 01, 2015

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My thoughts and prayers go out to Fred Thompson's family. May he R.I.P.

Posted by Sherri Bennett - East Hartford, CT   November 01, 2015

A great loss.One smart, kind, patriotic American, who happened to be an actor and one of the good politicians.

Posted by Truck - FL   November 01, 2015

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so very sorry for the loss of a good man.he will truly be missed.god bless his family and friends.

Posted by mary johnson - conway, SC   November 01, 2015

Fred was a great American, Tennessean and friend. He will be missed by all.

His job performance as a Senator should serve as a role model for all who follow.

Posted by Ed Jernigan - nashville, TN   November 01, 2015

He was my cousin. We were not close as adults, but we were family. He was a good and kind man. My deepest sympathy to his wife and children. May he rest in peace

Posted by Jane Thompson Floyd - Shady Valley, TN   November 01, 2015

May God bless you and your family in the lost of a wonderful man. Will miss him on TV.

Posted by Nancy Hamlett - Newport News, VA   November 01, 2015

RIP Mr. Thompson, thanks for the memories. You were one of a kind. Loved your intensity not only in politics but in the movies you were in, and L&E. Prayers for your family during your home going.

Posted by Bob & Shirley Lester - Midland, TX   November 01, 2015

Rest in peace fred

Posted by Sull - Andover, MA   November 01, 2015

Mr. Thompson was a gentleman who made a difference in his active participation in the US Senate. He was also an amazing actor. May his family be surrounded by the love of friends at this very sorrowful time. One of his Admirers

Posted by A friend   November 01, 2015

We'll miss you !

Posted by Adrian Barnette - Topeka, KS   November 01, 2015

Sorry to read of Mr Thompson's passing.I was proud to vote for him in the S.C. presidential primary. Broken hearted when he left the race.God bless

Posted by Jeff Housand - Conway, SC   November 01, 2015

A real class act is the definition of Fred Thompson. Condolences to his lovely wife and his children.

Posted by Mary Kusiak - Mays Landing, NJ   November 01, 2015

I really admired Senator Thompson and enjoyed seeing him in the movies and TV. He would have made a great President. He was a great man and will be greatly missed. My condolences to the family. RIP Sir.

Posted by Ric Davis - Colorado Springs, CO   November 01, 2015

Fred Thompson was a very special person to millions of good Americans. He will be missed for ever. Richard and Nancy Pennington

Posted by Richard Pennington - Allen, TX   November 01, 2015

I appreciate all he did for TN and loved him on Law and Order. Prayers for the family. May God grant you peace.

Posted by Cathy Hoover - Jackson, TN   November 01, 2015

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RIP Mr. Thompson, I enjoyed watching you in "Law & Order" and I wish you could have been President.

May God comfort your family and give them the peace and strength they need that only God can give.

Posted by Cheryl Landin - Rocky Mount, NC   November 01, 2015


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