Condolence & Memory Journal

To the family, I just want to express gratitude for the remarkable man that was John Thompson, he shared his time and talents with many young people in our community. He took time to visit my church many years ago. He spoke words of encouragement to a group of young people called Pathfinders. We are eternally grateful for this. May his memory and legacy be a source of encouragement and comfort to his family in their time of grief

Posted by Spartoathenian pathfinder club First SDA church - Washington, DC - acquaintance   October 10, 2020

May your soul rest in peace with our Lord in Savior Jesus christ in bless your family with prayer a Hoyas fan from new Orleans La mr Burse

Posted by Darren Burse - New Orleans La, LA - friend   October 03, 2020

To the family, many, many friends, colleagues and fans of this wonderful man Mr. John Thompson fine comfort with you during this difficult time in your lives. We hope many of the encouraging words and thoughts on this site comforts you during this difficult time also. May you find comfort in your wealth of fond memories together. May Almighty God in the Heavens comfort your hearts with peace and loving kindness as you cope with this precious loss in your lives.

Posted by Tony - DC   September 30, 2020

God Bless The Coaches Family And Him For Standing Tall

Posted by Monster Jones - upper marlboro, MD - friend   September 27, 2020

Coach Thompson touched the lives of many young and talented athletes on the DC playgrounds. He spoke very little to us about sports but much more about preparing for the challenges and opportunities life will present. He asked us what we planned to do after finishing school or playing in the pros. We all got the benefit of his time and words of wisdom which, several decades later, I still cherish. May Coach rest in peace and may God bless and keep watch on his family.

Posted by Darryl Smith    September 12, 2020

Earth has no sorrow that Heaven cannot heal

Posted by Anne Brunson - Washington, DC - friend   September 10, 2020

I would like to extend my condolences and prayers to the family of Coach Thompson. I never had the pleasure of meeting Coach Thompson but he was truly an inspiration to me. I am grateful to have been influenced by him from afar. Rest up Coach.

Posted by Kenny Wilkes    September 10, 2020

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I have been in his presence at mass many Sundays at St. Augustine Church and I found it to be quite captivating and peaceful. Because we were at church, never once did I ask and even think to get a picture with this enchanting soul. Maybe I should have after mass but I believe everyone deserves there private time to pray and reflect on the presence of God. Rest In Peace

Posted by Greta Elliott-Meredith - Washington, DC   September 10, 2020

My condolences and prayers

Posted by Valerie Chapman - Columbus, OH - acquaintance   September 10, 2020

Followed this great man's towering influence since his time at Saint Anthony's .The reason I follow college basketball at all. RIP big fella!

Posted by Granville bell - Capitol Heights, MD   September 10, 2020

May you rest in peace Grandma was at the gate waiting on you to come The Stewart Family

Posted by Millicent Brown - Capitol Heights, MD - family   September 10, 2020

So respected

Posted by Grady Paige - Rock hill, SC - friend   September 09, 2020

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Praying for his family!

Posted by Julain Edwards - GOLDSBORO, NC   September 09, 2020

RIP

Posted by Lawrence Jones - Washington DC - friend   September 09, 2020

Thanks Coach

Vince Cain

Posted by A friend   September 09, 2020

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R.I.P Coach Thompson. I would like to thank you for being an positive role model for young black men. You will be missed.

Posted by A friend   September 09, 2020

RIP, Coach Thompson . I was so glad to have met you while caring for Coach Red Auerbach . You were a delight to meet and a blessing to me and DC . Blessings to the entire Thompson family - nurse barbie

Posted by Barbara Douglas - Hyattsville, MD - acquaintance   September 09, 2020

John Thompson was great man. He was serious about life success. He was dedicated to be the very best in all of his challenges, He helped most of the Black basketball players to get their degrees after basketball. He was a sincere friend and never forgot where he came from. He was a local D.C native who achieve many firsts. He was humble and understood the challenges of life. God bless your family and Thank You.

Posted by Leonard Hudson - Mithellville, MD - friend   September 09, 2020

Rest in Peace "Big John", You have been a hero of mine since High School, and continued to be a credit to your legacy ,throughout your entire life . Thank you for all you did . Your example helped make my life better and fulfilled my life through your efforts and success. For how you lived, I am eternally grateful . I am glad to have known you and appreciate what you meant to me and my family. Love and fond memories to your family and friends. We will always remember you and keep you in our prayers.

Posted by Joseph Hawkins - Lawton, OK   September 09, 2020

Rest in heavenly peace Mr Thompson. Thank you for your many years of service in the basketball arena. You will be truly missed!!!
Barnes family

Posted by Bonita Barnes - Temple Hills, MD - friend   September 09, 2020

My condolences go out to the family of John Thompson. Rest In Peace, Big John.

Posted by Edward Rodgers - Bowie, MD - friend   September 09, 2020

My condolences go out to the family of John Thompson. He was a positive figure in the sports world. He set a good example for his players and fans. He will be missed by his family and sports fans. Again so sorry for your loss.

Posted by LeeRoy    September 08, 2020

Coach Thompson was a towering person in so many ways. He was more than a coach. He was a mentor, a teacher, a father, a friend and so much more to so many. May the God of tender mercies and of all comfort strengthen and sustain his family and many friends now and in the days to come.

Posted by David C    September 08, 2020

Thompson family,
Georgetown was my favorite
College basketball team and
Coach John Thompson was my
favorite coach, he really showed
that he cared genuinely for his players, just a class act man.
RIP,
God bless
Mr and Mrs Gerard Noles
Mesquite, tx

Posted by Gerard Noles - mesquite, TX   September 07, 2020

My deepest condolences to the family. May you find comfort in your treasured memories of Your loved one and May God continue to comfort you in the days, months and years ahead.

Posted by A friend   September 07, 2020

Rest Easy Big John! I remember going to the mall and begging my mom for a Georgetown Starter Jacket. She told me "No" but she got me a T-shirt and a hat. You made Georgetown cool but most of all you made us proud and want to do our best! Rest In Power, your work is done!

Posted by Kevin Washington - Mableton, GA   September 07, 2020

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Posted by Alishia - SC   September 06, 2020

When I was a student nurse at Rhode Island Hospital and doing my OB rotation at Providence Lying In we students would go across the street to Providence College and watch John Thompson play. I later worked at Georgetown Hospital and had many an opportunity to watch this wonderful man coach. What a loss.

Posted by A friend   September 06, 2020

My condolences to the family. He will be greatly miss.

Posted by Sylvester Arrington - Washington, DC - friend   September 06, 2020

Thank you Coach Thompson! You definitely moved the culture chains forward. You will be missed immensely. May God be with your family!!!!! HoyaLife!!!

Posted by Raymond Hairston - Buford, GA   September 06, 2020

Many thanks Mr. Thompson, may God be with the Thompson family as they mourn the loss of an amazing basketball coaching talent.

Posted by A friend   September 06, 2020

My condolences go out to the Thompson family. My dad was a law school graduate and introduced me to Hoya basketball. I attended camp in 1984 and 1985. I was in awe of the whole environment. Coach taught all the kids the basics of basketball and more importantly life lessons. I always liked how important that was to him. To be honest, compassionate and to just do the right thing! I was able to get a picture with my father and Big John at the sweet 16 years ago. RIP coach, you will be missed dearly.

Posted by Charles Kornmann - Aberdeen, SD   September 06, 2020

To the Thompson Family:

I was deeply saddened to hear of Coach Thompson's passing. As a kid growing up in D.C. in the mid-80s, I always had Georgetown basketball on the TV. We were filled with pride when Georgetown won the NCAA championship in 1984. My friends and I would play basketball and drill jumpers, thinking we were Reggie and the Miracles.

I remember going to Coach's basketball camp at Georgetown University. I remember my first day going to his camp. I was 11 and I rolled into McDonough Arena with my new Lakers hat. One of the counselors pointed to my hat, and I said "it is a nice hat isn't it?" Coach came up behind me and bellowed "he means take your hat off son!" I took that hat off so fast! And I never wore a hat inside anywhere again in life! (LOL)

I enjoyed my years going to Coach Thompson's camp. So many fond memories playing basketball and listening to Coach. I learned so much at his camp, not just about basketball, but about life. Years later, I would occasionally see him at Arundel Mills Mall and we would exchange pleasantries.

Please accept my heartfelt condolences. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

RIP Coach. You will truly be missed.

Posted by James Benjamin - Timonium, MD   September 05, 2020

Coach, you were simply the Best.

Posted by Loretha Jenkins - Jersey City, NJ - acquaintance   September 05, 2020

My deepest condolences to Coach John Thompson family, friends and love ones. Job well done, sir. May your rest in heavenly peace forever. Proud of you!

Posted by Toni Edwards - Washington, DC - neighbor   September 05, 2020

Big John ....you saved my Life so many times in time of need.....I should have been there...to not say goodbye......but to Thank You over and over again.........you took me to a whole new Level......to help people along the way......I'm not the only one who will miss You.....The World is Going to Miss You......You will Live in our Hearts.....Big John........(GW)

Posted by Garry Wilson - GREENBELT, MD - student   September 05, 2020

My condolences to the family. I started watching basketball in 1983 at the age of 8 because of coach Thompson and the Hoyas. I am now 45 and have taken my 10 year old son to Georgetown games for the past 5 years. I feel like coach was my coach as well. He will be missed and he truly had an effect on my generation. He showed us what it looked like to be a strong black man on TV who stood up for what he believed in. Rest in power

Posted by Aryn Coleman - Ashburn - friend   September 04, 2020

I send my condolences to the family & friends of "Coach Thompson. I always admired his intellect and toughness from afar. He will be truly missed.

Posted by Wade Allen - Balto, MD - acquaintance   September 04, 2020

Deeply sorry to the Thompson family for your loss. John Thompson left a huge impact on the NBA and on the players he coached and knew him. May God heal your hearts with his tender mercies and abundant loving care.

Posted by A friend   September 04, 2020

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You were always a regular, along with so many other future DC Greats, at #2 Police Boys Club, 3rd and K Street, NW. (near the old Ice House). Those John Carroll High teams, 1958-60 City Champions, featuring you, John Austin and George Leftwich were lengendary in the DMV. I'll always remember 1963-64, and the encouraging pep talk you gave me in the Weight Room at the Club, while I was training for my Senior Year of Football at Eastern High School in NE, DC. You were there working out and perparing to play for "Red" and the Boston Celtics. Years later, I'd often see you at the National Shrine with your personal driver. John you were our local hero growing up in Old DC. John I love and miss your being among us, during these difficult times. Bless you my childhood friend and lifelong hero. RIP

Posted by "Butch" Fenwick - Washington, DC - friend   September 04, 2020

As a kid growing up in Washington, D.C. he show me at an early age to stand up for what you believe in as a black man. He was the first black man that I saw on TV in a position of authority and demanded respect from everyone black and white. It was always an honor to go see my Hoyas play at the Cap Centre. You will be truly missed Coach Thompson. WE LOVE YOU AND REST EASY

Posted by Rashad Hawkins - Washington, DC   September 04, 2020

Uncle John, I remember in basketball camp when I was at Georgetown how bad I was and you told me, "you are smart and talented, go out there and try a little harder." I was destined not to become a basketball player, but the message was clear and I remember it today. Thanks for your inspiration, your love, and your sternness when I sometimes I was wayward. God has a special place for you!

Posted by Dr. Michael V. Bowie - Gainesville, FL   September 04, 2020

My heart goes out to the Thompson family, may God be your strength and comfort at this very difficult time of your loss.

Posted by A friend   September 04, 2020

Coach Thompson was the Real Deal - Admired by all who recognized excellency and decency. It was about much more than B-ball. Thanks to his family for sharing him with the world. We Truly Loved Him.

Posted by M.D. Murphy - Alexandria, VA - friend   September 03, 2020

My memory was while I babysit his sisters children he came home and we ate ice cream and cake he was really tall and skinny I was about 11 or so my mom use to do his sisters hair and his moms his parents use to sit on the front and spend time relaxing. Our neighborhood was really nice in North East Washington he had his towel with him even then. Sending prayers to his family
Gwen Green

Posted by Gwen Green - NorthRichland Hills, TX - neighbor   September 03, 2020

My special memory: Coach Thompson, sitting amongst other notable NCAA coaches at Shapiro's in Indianapolis one summer night in the mid 90's a couple of tables away from my family, and playing peek a boo from afar with my 3 year old son. We never got to thank you for that special spontaneous sign of warmth to our little guy that night. But we'll always remember you for being so much more than the great coach you were. Still smiling thinking about it. RIP.

Posted by Tom Spevak    September 03, 2020

I really enjoyed watching basketball when John Thompson was the coach at Georgetown. I was sad when he left. He will be truly missed.

Posted by Yvonne Price - PA   September 03, 2020

So sorry to learn of the death of Coach Thompson.He was a mentor and a friend. He taught me by example and he was a loving human being. Sending condolences to his family and friends.

Posted by Charlie Benson - Newport, TN - friend   September 03, 2020

I remember meeting you for the first time in 1974 at a Hoya's game and all I could think was he's tall. RIP Coach. Leslie Brooks. Ft Worth Texas

Posted by Leslie Brooks - Mansfield, TX - acquaintance   September 03, 2020

Made the Hoyas what they are. A rare person we may never see again. Will be remembered forever.

Posted by Matt - Arlington, VA   September 03, 2020

One of GREATEST

Posted by Christopher Ray - Washington, DC   September 03, 2020

Condolences to family and friends. So sorry to hear of Mr. Thompson’s death. My family loved to watch him coach Georgetown. May loving memories and prayers be a source of comfort to your family.

Posted by - NC   September 03, 2020

Wow! Mr. Thompson was our coach and Georgetown was our town. Thete was Georgetown gear everywhere. My heart goes out to his sons and his former players who adored him. I adored him.

Posted by Alfreda Valentine - Helena-West Helena, AR   September 03, 2020

John Thompson was a good man and a great coach. Prayers for his family and friends.

Posted by Melissa Decker - Indianapolis, IN   September 03, 2020

I never personally met Coach Thompson but he has truly been an example in my life. As a basketball coach, you saw his commitment to his players and the program. He knew the game of basketball but he really cared about the person he coached and saved many lives throughout his tenure. I only hope that I can be half the coach and a quarter of the man Coach Thompson was. Take your Rest King, job well done!!!

Posted by Marcus Harris - Columbus, OH   September 03, 2020

Heartfelt condolences to the Thompson family, truly sorry for the loss of John, there are many that are so grateful for his hard work. He will be greatly missed. May God comfort and strengthen all of you in your time of sorrow.

Posted by A friend   September 03, 2020

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To The Thompson Family
My Condolences and Prayers
Thank you for sharing Mr John
With the world His Legacy
Will last forever
RIH

Posted by LaDora Wilcox - Mobile, AL   September 03, 2020

An amazing coach, his contributions to college basketball will never be forgotten. Deepest condolences to the Thompson family, may God be with all of you at this very difficult time of your loss.

Posted by A friend   September 02, 2020

Big John & I were close friends for over 50 years. We created some of college basketball greatest events. The John Thompson Foundation Classics which befriended hundreds of deserving kids. He was a giant of a man with a huge heart, full of love & compassion. John will go down in history for his contributions to Georgetown & the nation & city he loved. I have lost one of my closest friends and there is a big hole in my heart.

Posted by Russ Potts - Winchester, VA - friend   September 02, 2020

Sincere and Heartfelt condolences to the Thompson family. A lot of people were blessed to have him present.

Posted by Eddie/ Patty Wallace    September 02, 2020

In Memoriam, Coach John Thompson's amazing basketball legacy will continue to live on in our memories and hearts forevermore. Our prayers of faith, hope and thanks, are for John Thompson's family, friends, basketball players and fans, USA and abroad.

Alumni Vikings,

Elizabeth City State University Atlanta Metro Alumni Chapter

Posted by Dr. Charles L. Singleton - Atlanta, GA   September 02, 2020

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God bless, praying for your wife and sons strength.

Posted by Melanie Harris - Brooklyn, NY - acquaintance   September 02, 2020

My heartfelt condolences go out to the Thompson family. Coach Thompson was a tall, gentle giant with a heart to help anybody that crossed his path. As a teenager, I met Coach over 40 years ago while hanging around watching basketball games at the McDonough gym. What a legend!! May God continue to bless the Thompson family. RIP Coach!

Posted by A friend   September 02, 2020

My prayers and condolences to Coach John Thompson’s family I loved what MR Thompson stood for and the way he protected his players the Hoya’s was a force to be reckoned with in the early 80’s &late 90’s.i will never forget how he gave Mr Allen Iverson a 2nd chance. One of his player’s Mr Patrick Ewing was one of my favorite players and later was drafted by by home team the New York Knicks.wishing the family continued blessings.coach John Thompson Rest In Heavenly Peace♂

Posted by Freddie Murphy( one of Coach John Thompson Biggest fan) - NY, NY - brother   September 02, 2020

A great coach that will never be forgotten

Posted by Janice Williams - Fort Washington, MD - friend   September 02, 2020

RIP

Posted by Michael Williamson - DORCHESTER, MA   September 02, 2020

Mr. Thompson a Legend of Legends. I would like to send my sincerest condolences to the Thompson family. We all are better for having Mr. Thompson share our UNIVERSE with us.

Posted by SHERMAN COLEMAN - FREDERICK, MD   September 02, 2020

Learned so much from him on how to coach and how to live. RIP with your sausage sandwich and toes propped up!

Posted by Arthur Iwanicki - Waldorf, MD - acquaintance   September 02, 2020

Mr. Thompson, I never met you in person but I admired you and your principles for our community. You were a hero to me and many others. I wore my Georgetown jacket with pride because of your charisma and great teams you coached. Being a former college basketball player I truly enjoyed watching you lead those young men. You will be missed in the hearts of many!!

Posted by Chandler Sirmons - Upper Marlboro, MD - acquaintance   September 02, 2020

To the Family:
Our deepest sympathy
Enjoyed watching Coach T with his players
Attended a game against LSU in New Orleans
One of a kind
Be Blessed

Arian Parker Carter & Jasmine

Posted by A friend   September 02, 2020

RIP Coach. A true example for all to follow. You will be missed.

Posted by Miguel Warrick - Martinsburg, WV   September 02, 2020

Please accept my sincere condolences to the Thompson Family, May Almighty God mend and bind up your grieving hearts with His tender care and loving kindness as you cope with your loss during this very difficult time.

Posted by BRY    September 02, 2020

My deepest condolences to the Thompson’s family. I never met him but I enjoyed his basketball coaching As well the dedication to young men he help in life.

Posted by Anthony Amenta    September 02, 2020

Rest in Peace Coach, you were one of the good guys.

Posted by Lindsay Huntoon - Peabody, MA   September 02, 2020

Posted by Debra Levon Ceol    September 02, 2020

Big John and I attended St Benedict de Moor Catholic Church at 21st and C street NE during our early youth. We attended Browne Junior High School graduating in 1957. Whenever I saw Big John, he mentioned our gym teacher, Mr. Trigg, in very affectionate terms. We also played basketball together on occasion at the Henry T Blow E.S. located at 19th and Benning Rd NE along with Wendell Wills also from St Benedict and Browne Junior High. Big John went on to Archbishop Carroll H S while Wendell and I attended Eastern H.S. in Washington, DC. Ironically, it was Eastern H S that ended Archbishop Carroll's long winning streak. Big John had an outstanding career as a basketball player and coach. I respect Big John even more because he never forgot his roots and was always willing to speak up for the right causes; namely, education and racial equality. He was a man that I admired very much. Well done Big John.

Posted by Robert Wood - Jessup, MD - classmate   September 01, 2020

Proud to have him as my gu coach and most especially my friend. Rest In Peace, I love you.

Posted by James Glass - Columbus, GA - friend   September 01, 2020

Thanks coach for being an example to me as a young high school athlete in 1984. Thank you for showing me you must stand for something and someone other than yourself. We all in sports are so grateful for you. Thanks for helping young black men from the inner city to get an opportunity for education. RIP FOREVER

Posted by Christopher M. Green Sr. - Columbus, OH - friend   September 01, 2020

Meet him the evening of his high school basketball game his senior year, John Carroll vs. Georgetown Freshman. He was a polite and strong willed. Talented and courteous. He never changed. A great man to be admired.

Posted by Greg Gibadlo - Middletown, NJ - acquaintance   September 01, 2020

My condolences to the family was a great coach an Blessed so many people may you rest in peace

Posted by Dee Massey - CLEVELAND, OH   September 01, 2020

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Godspeed John, and thank you for sharing a part of your life with us, and the wonderful NCAA basketball memories.

Posted by Harry Simpson - Buckeye, AZ   September 01, 2020

Thank you for all you did for my family. As a white mom raising an adopted back child I made sure my son followed your example of being tough but fair, giving young men chances they might not have had, and making sure each and everyone of them had a chance to get a good education. My son is a teacher in Boston now and is a HOYA for life. Rest In Peace sir and know you were loved and respected by many.

Posted by Linda Oneill - Pace, FL - friend   September 01, 2020

I would like to express my deepest sympathy to the Thompson family. John and Patrick made me a fanatical Hoya basketball fan . John’s racial injustice work is so desperately needed now !He is beloved and will be greatly missed forever. Mindy Fleishman GU SFS’75

Posted by Mindy Fleishman - Pittsburgh, PA - acquaintance   September 01, 2020

To the John Thompson Family,
With my sincere condolences, from a friend and long time supporter.
Rich Daley

Posted by Richard Daley - Chicago, IL - friend   September 01, 2020

May you all be blessed and hold on to your faith during this difficult time. I am a former METRO Bus Operator. During the late 80's to early 90's, Mr. Thompson would have conversations with me about the pedestrian traffic heading to the bus stop located on 16th street near his home. I was a homeowner and understood his concerns. God bless you all.

Posted by V. Bradford - MD   September 01, 2020

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Thank you Coach for all you LOVE..

Posted by Rose Garcia-Jefferson - Friend   September 01, 2020

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You gave me some wonderful years to remember RIP AATW

Posted by Conrad Ward - Summerville, SC - friend   September 01, 2020

Dear John Thompson Family,

My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. I wish you comfort in the strength and love Coach Thompson gave to you and others. Coach Thompson and my father, Coach Ed Martin were close friends in brotherhood, for a lifetime. I will be forever grateful to be invited by your dad to spend the last day on the air of his "John Thompson" sports talk radio show. I will always remember that special day, and when my father passed, your father sharing stories about my dad being his mentor and best friend, over the airways. May our joys be greater, our love be deeper and our lives be fuller from the joy of sharing lives with our dear fathers. May we carry on the light of what our fathers taught to other other young people, for generations to come.

Angela Martin - Gaithersburg, MD.

Posted by Angela Martin - Friend   September 01, 2020

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You will be remembered.

Posted by Stephanie Schell - Lakewood   September 01, 2020

Paved the way for African American coaches.

Posted by Stephanie Schell - Lakewood, NY   September 01, 2020

My sincere condolence to the family and friends of John Thompson he was an amazing coach he will be missed by so many,may God comfort your hearts and grant you please during this most difficult time

Posted by Cas    September 01, 2020

Coach Thompson was an integral part of the Georgetown family and an inspiration to all the African American students - he will be missed!

Posted by sharon fillyaw    August 31, 2020

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Rest in Peace Coach!!!!

Posted by Tonya C - Washington, DC - student   August 31, 2020

A great example for others to follow, a Great father, Great Coach and a Great Human Being! R.I.P. Coach.

Posted by Timothy Munn - Shortsville, NY   August 31, 2020

RIP Mr. Thompson. Thanks for your contributions to the game of basketball. My condolences to the Thompson family. Great leadership example. God Bless

Posted by Steve Ashley - Winston-Salem NC    August 31, 2020

WE WERE SORRY TO HEAR OF MR. THOMPSON'S DEATH. HE WAS A GREAT COACH AND AN INSPIRATION TO MANY FAMOUS BASKET BALL PLAYERS . WE HOPE THE FOLLOWING WORDS WILL BE A COMFORT TO HIS FAMILY.

It’s God’s Will And We Must Comply

By: Charles G. Turner, Sr.



Life is uncertain,

But as sure as we are born one day we must die

Sometimes we sit and wonder why

The fact is it’s God’s will and we must comply.



Throughout our lives we live through happiness and sadness

And many toils and strife

And when our earthly life is over we enter into our “eternal life”



Whenever a loved one or friend makes their earthly depart

It is natural for it to bring hurt and sorrow to our heart

And to deal with our loss we grieve, mourn, and cry

In all essence we must remember this is God’s will

And we all must comply



For those of us that are left behind

We must cherish the special memories

And keep them all in mind

Just remember it is not for
us to question why we have to die
It’s God’s will and we all have to comply
May God Bless and comfort all of you

Posted by MR.& MRS. CHARLES G TURNER, SR & FAMILY    August 31, 2020

John Thompson will be missed. He inspired many young black athletes to study and to work hard to achieve their goals. A very good role model. Sincere condolences to his family and many dear friends.

Posted by JE Sowell - Charlotte, NC   August 31, 2020

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Dear Thompson Family Rory and I sincerely wish to extend our condolences's to the Thompson Family on the loss of John Thompson./he'll surely be missed very very much/may he rest in peace.best faith/rory

Posted by faith/rory tobin/dockett - Newton Centre/Brighton, MA - acquaintance   August 31, 2020

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

Posted by George Reed - LAS VEGAS, NV - friend   August 31, 2020

My Sincere Condolences to the family.
I ‘am So Sorry for the loss of your love
One. May you find Comfort in your
Beautiful heart and treasured every
memory that holds a special place in
Your love ones heart, may God give
You the strength to endure this difficult
Time, and continue to bless your love ones.

Posted by A friend   August 31, 2020

The family of “Big John” we say thank you
You have our condolences
May God strengthen you in your time of sorrow

Posted by Clarence Scutter - Port Gibson, MS   August 31, 2020

A mentor a friend, my hero

Posted by Ted Valentine - Friend   August 31, 2020

I send my deepest condolences to the family and the NCAA for your loss. John was a coaching legend and his drive and mentoring as well as the white towel over his shoulder will long be remembered. At this difficult time, may the God of tender mercies comfort and strengthen you and may your memories always remain with you.

Posted by Mary - Neighbor   August 31, 2020

A great, GREAT man and coach. Rest in peace, Big John.

Posted by A friend   August 31, 2020

John Thompson will be missed dearly by all those whose hearts were touched by his generous and giving spirit. May he be remembered as a great coach, a mentor as well as a family man. I am deeply sorry for your loss. God is good and merciful, he keep those who pass on in his memory because they are precious to him. Annie GA

Posted by A friend   August 31, 2020

RIP John your wings await you.

Posted by Wilbur Thomas - Reston, VA - friend   August 31, 2020

Was a role model to a lot of African American coaches.

Posted by Stephanie D Schell    August 31, 2020

John Thompson was the example of the code of conduct every young black athlete aspired to be and emulate.
MJ

Posted by Marva Jefferson - Dallas, TX   August 31, 2020

Sorry for your loss. May God be with the family and friends at this time.

Posted by A friend   August 31, 2020

Deepest condolences to the family and many friends. I loved watching him!

Fan

Posted by Fan    August 31, 2020

8/31/2020.
2:31 PM
Dear John Thompson Family,
Please accept my deepest condolences for your family's loss.
May you be comforted by the outpouring of love surrounding you.
Words cannot even begin to express our sorrow.
May your heart and soul find peace and comfort.
Please remember that you are not alone... We are always here for you.
I am thinking about you and sending love.
Let President Barack Obama know that Kimtraila has said her last respect for your loved one.
Have a Great Day,
Kimtraila Williams0

Posted by Kimtraila Williams    August 31, 2020

I wish to express my deepest sympathy for your loss. May God comfort you. May he give you peace and sustain you through this most difficult time.

Posted by W W - neighbor   August 31, 2020

2:12PM
8/31/2020
Dear John Thompson family,
I just wanted to say to the family I am so sorry that we will miss your loved one. Please accept my deepest condolences for your family's loss.
May you be comforted by the outpouring of love surrounding you.
Words cannot even begin to express our sorrow.
May your heart and soul find peace and comfort.
Please remember that you are not alone... We are always here for you.
I am thinking about you and sending love. Let President Barack Obama know that Kimtraila has said er last respect for your loved one.
Have a Fantastic Day,
Kimtraila Williams

Posted by Kimtraila Williams - Friend   August 31, 2020

God bless you and your family

Posted by A friend   August 31, 2020

Posted by marvin james - chester s.c.29706 - friend   August 31, 2020

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My condolences to the family of Mr. Thompson. Pray the God of the universe grant you peace during this difficult period in your lives.

Posted by Carmel Clarke - Miami, FL - acquaintance   August 31, 2020