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FLETCHER-Ronald Herman Thompson, 69, of Fletcher, Connoisseur of the Slim Jim meat stick, chrome cans where the mountains were blue, George Jones music, and anything he could read, died Sunday, February 15, 2015. Ron was the son of the late Norris Princeton Thompson, and Virginia Souther Thompson.
Ronald was a native of Fletcher and could site stories about places and people most had never heard of. He was a veteran having served in the US Navy. He retired in 2012 from Blue Ridge Metals Corporation to the easy life of doing what he wanted to do when he wanted to do it. He hated name brand clothes and preferred his cozy flannel shirts coupled with his signature sweat pants and bedroom slippers. Ronald had more baseball caps than any one person should own. We don't think he ever wore the same cap twice? He was a baseball aficionado. He had the uncanny ability to name player stats from almost any player. This may have stemmed from his lifetime subscription to Sports Illustrated where he insisted on saving every issue as he might want to "read it again". Unless the Braves were playing, he pulled for no particular team, but just watched for the pleasure of the game. He also had an affinity for classic automobiles and although he never bought one, swore he'd rather have a 57 Chevrolet Bel-air over any newfangled hot rods available today. Ron hated driving to the post office or doctor's office, but would risk life and limb to get to the nearby BP station for a biscuit & gravy plate with a large milk. It usually took extra time to get there because he insisted on driving 15 mph under the speed limit and would say "look at these crazies" to the people passing him. As a simple man living within his means he always took the opportunity to support his family and grand children with whatever they needed. He loved feeding his wiled pet squirrels and had the BB rifle ready for any other animal that may harm his "pets". His other joy included living next door to his cousin and best friend Barbara Nesbitt.
He is survived by his daughter Jennifer Gilbert and her husband Dan of Fletcher. Son, Shawn Thompson and his wife Christy of Fletcher. He was the proud and loving grandfather of Haley, Hayden, Seth Gilbert and Tanner Thompson.
In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to Henderson County Friends of the Library-Fletcher Branch 120 Library Road, Fletcher, NC 28732.
A Memorial gathering will be held 6:00-8:00 PM on Friday evening February 20, 2015 at Thos. Shepherd & Son Funeral Home.
An online register book is available for family and friends by visiting www.thosshepherd.com. Thos. Shepherd & Son Funeral Directors and Cremation Memorial Center are in charge of arrangements.
Published in The Times-News on Feb. 18, 2015
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