Griffin Edward Thompson
Wrens, GA – Services for Reverend Griffin Edward Thompson, 91, will be held Monday, May 7, 2018, at Deepstep United Methodist Church at 2:00 P.M. Interment will follow at Washington County Memorial Gardens in Sandersville. Dr. Stan Littleton, Rev. Larry Giles, Rev. Chad Watkins and Rev. Jason McClendon will officiate.
Rev. Thompson was born November 15, 1926. A native of Wilkinson County, he attended Georgia Southern College, where he earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Education. He later received his Master’s Degree in Education from Georgia College in Milledgeville. Following his college career, he accepted his first job as principal of Warthen Elementary School. It was in Warthen that he met the love of his life, Elizabeth Bussell. He was 22 and she was 17. The two married August 7, 1949 after a three-month courtship. Rev. Thompson then served as principal of Deepstep School from 1951 to 1964, and then as a teacher of American Government at Washington County High School from 1967 to 1970. In 1968, Rev. Thompson completed a course of study in Theology at Emory University. He served 62 years in the South Georgia Conference, pastoring at Deepstep, Bartow, Adrian, Wrens, Brewton Charge, Gibson, Zoar and Vidette. He retired in 2016 at the age of 89. Rev. Thompson went to be with his Savior on Friday, May 4, 2018 at his home following an extended illness.
Rev. Thompson was preceded in death by his parents, Clarence and Reba Thompson; his brothers, Wilbur, Ray and Jack; his daughter-in-law, Dianne Thompson; and his grandson, Scotty Thompson.
Survivors include his wife of 68 years, Elizabeth Thompson; three children, Scott Thompson (Kathleen), Jane Stanley (Stuart, and Brian Thompson (Wanda); his sister, Joyce Miller (Charles); a brother, Guy Thompson (Georgia); his grandchildren, Shannon Epperson (Chris), Lori Bryan (Robert), Leah Bethea (Reid), and Patrick Thompson; eight great grandchildren; several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Pallbearers will be Reid Bethea, Robert Bryan, Christopher Epperson Sr., Christopher Epperson Jr., Joel Stanley, Kevin Thompson, Ronnie Thompson and Patrick Thompson. Dr. Chris Sheppard, Dr. Rick Halvorsen, Jimmy Dixon, Dalyn Holdeman, Delwyn Peters and Jan Rachels will serve as honorary pallbearers.
The family would like to express sincerest gratitude to Dr. Chris Sheppard, Care South Home Health and Homestead Hospice, as well as his loving caregivers, Annie Holdeman, Becky Peters, and Connie Peters.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Helping Hands Charitable, 135 Main Street, P.O. Box 337, Tallulah Falls, GA 30573.
How Do I Love Thee
How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight
For the ends of Being and ideal Grace.
I love thee to the level of every day’s
Most quiet need, by sun and candlelight..
I love thee freely, as men strive for Right;
I love thee purely, as men turn from Praise.
I love thee with the passion put to use
In my old griefs, and with my childhood’s faith.
I love thee with a love I seemed to lose
With my lost saints—I love thee with the breath,
Smiles, tears, of all my life!—and, if God choose,
I shall but love thee better after death.
Elizabeth Barrett Browning
And moreover, because the preacher was wise, he still taught the people knowledge; yea, he gave good heed, and sought out, and set in order many proverbs.
Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter:
Fear God, and keep His commandments—
for this is the whole duty of man.
For God shall bring every work into judgment, with
every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it