Wilbur Thompson, Jr.February 16, 1939 ~ July 26, 2017 (age 78)
Wilbur Thompson, Jr. was the sixth child born to the late Wilbur and Annie Mae Thompson on February 16, 1939 in Hogansville, Georgia. His schooling was completed in the Greenville School System, and he joined the family home church, White Plains United Methodist at a very young age. On June 26, 1961, he married Bettye Jo Prather and to this union four children were born: Eric, Michael, Angela and Vanessa (Yvette). He worked for Callaways' in LaGrange and U.S. Royal in Hogansville as a young man. He relocated his family to Hartford, Connecticut in 1965, where he went to work for Pratt and Whitney Aircraft until he went into business for himself at the Capen Street Gas Station/Repair Garage. He took classes at Manchester Community College in 1970 for reading blueprints and biding on jobs in the construction field. He then went into business as a partner with Cox Construction. He joined Phillips CME Church in Hartford and served until he relocated to Georgia in 1983 and rejoined White Plains United Methodist Church, where he served until his health failed. He also worked construction with Walt Freemen Construction Company and Boyette Brothers until he retired. His hobbies consisted of gardening, fishing and grilling. On July 26, 2017, God whispered, "Your work here is done." He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Bettye Thompson, four children: Eric (Robin), Michael (Lydia), Angela, and Vanessa (Marvin), nine grandchildren, seven great grandchildren, four sisters, one brother and one very special nephew who was just like a son, Michael (Sylvia) Johnson, and a host of other loving relatives and friends.