William Webb Thompson
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Candler - William (Bill) Webb Thompson, 89, ascended to heaven on July 17, 2014.
Preceded in death by the love of his life, his wife of 56 years, Dora "Dodie" Mae Walker Thompson., parents Maurice and Minnie Thompson, great-granddaughter Gabriella Ledford and son-in-law, David Vance Ledford.
Born in Portland, Oregon he moved to Candler at an early age. In his youth he enjoyed exploring the mountains of WNC. He met Dodie on a blind date while she was nursing at the VA Medical Center in Oteen. He served his country as a Marine and then attended NC State University. He drove a tour bus for Smokey Mountain tours and worked as a salesman for various enterprises. After retiring he drove for a limo service chauffeuring many dignitaries and movie stars such as Henry Kissinger, Prince Charles, Reba, Wynnona Judd, George Carlin and many others.
Bill was an extremely intelligent man, with strong family values, great compassion for people and very articulate.
Surviving are three daughters, Nancy Lynn Ledford, Becky McDevitt (Randy), and Patti Farmer (Terry); grandchildren, Heather Miraflor, Kristin Aycock, Aaron Farmer, Brandon Ledford and Otis Dewayne Pearson; four great-grandchildren; special niece, Sharon Glatz, as well as many wonderful neighbors.
Fishing was his favorite sport and in recent years enjoyed sharing fishing tales. He was an avid reader, always saving articles, "highlighted in pink" that he thought would be helpful to family and friends.
Memorial services will be held at 4:00 pm on Thursday, July 24th at Montmorenci United Methodist Church in Candler followed by visitation. Interment will be private.
The on-line register is available at www.grocefuneralhome.com.
Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian
1401 Patton Avenue Asheville, NC 28806
Published in the Asheville Citizen-Times from July 20 to July 23, 2014