Covington Ellison Thompson Jr.

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Covington Ellison Thompson Jr. KINGSTREE, SC - Covington Ellison Thompson, Jr., 71, husband of Chelsie Anne Gamble Thompson, died peacefully at home Sunday, June 10, 2018, after a long illness. Mr. Thompson was born January 25, 1947, in Florence, SC, a son of the late Covington Ellison Thompson and Miriam Elizabeth Morris Thompson. Mr. Thompson joined the Air Force at the age of 17, served in the SC National Guard, and retired from the US Army as a Major. He attended Clemson University and was employed over the years as an auto mechanic, a teacher, a special agent for the Army CID, and a race car driver. He enjoyed building car motors, especially race car engines, computers, and anything mechanical. Surviving Mr. Thompson, in addition to his wife of 37 years, are: his 3 children, Beth (Tony) Martin and Henry Thompson, both of Lexington, SC and Tom (Anne) Thompson, of Kingstree; grandchildren, Matthew, Mabry, and Miles Martin, Bailey and Walker Thompson, and John Thomas Thompson, Jr. and Salley Thompson; niece, Coker (Alex) Gamble Powell; nephew, Frank Gamble; sister-in-law, Sarah Gamble; and great-niece, Sadie Powell. In addition to his parents, Mr. Thompson was preceded in death by his brother-in-law, Dr. Homer F. Gamble. A memorial service celebrating Ellison's life will be at 11 AM Wednesday, June 13, 2018, at the Williamsburg Funeral Home. His family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Dee Evans Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o Williamsburg Academy Development Foundation, 1000 Sandy Bay Road, Kingstree, SC 29556. Online condolences may be sent to the family on the obituaries page at www.WilliamsburgFuneralHome.com. Visit our guestbook at www.legacy.com/obituaries/ charleston

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Published in Charleston Post & Courier on June 12, 2018
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