James R. "Jim" Thompson (1935 - 2019)

  • "I had not seen Jimmy in so many years, but I will always..."
    - Dennis Thompson

James R. (Jim) Thompson, 83, died on Jan. 18, 2019, in Washington, D.C., accompanied by his wife, son, and daughter-in-law.
Jim was born Dec. 2, 1935 in Vidalia and lived in Guyton for most of his life before moving to Washington, D.C., to be closer to his family during his final months.
He was a graduate of Guyton High School and earned a degree in Business Administration at the University of Georgia.
An accomplished businessman and entrepreneur, Jim is best known for establishing and managing Thompson's IGA in Guyton. He also launched other successful businesses, including Thompson's Hardware and Speak Ezy, a pay-telephone entity. He enjoyed working outdoors at his family's farm in Egypt. Jim also served multiple terms on the Guyton City Council, either as mayor or council member. Following his retirement, he loved to receive family and friends at his home on the Savannah River. He especially loved sharing time with his two grandsons, taking them and other family members on walks through the woods.
Surviving are his wife, Mariben Thompson of Guyton, GA; his son and daughter-in-law, Jay and Victoria Thompson of Washington, D.C.; his grandsons, Andrew and Erik Thompson, also of Washington, D.C.; and his brother, Jere Thompson, of Philadelphia, Pa.
The family will receive friends from 2-4 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25, 2019, at Riggs Funeral Home.
A private interment will take place in Guyton Cemetery.
Please sign our on-line guest book at www.RiggsFH.com.
Riggs Funeral Home, Guyton, (912) 772-7047
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1979 Highway 119 S
Guyton, GA 31312
(912) 772-7047
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Published in Effingham Herald from Jan. 23 to Jan. 29, 2019
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