Ralph Everett Thompson

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Ralph Everett Thompson, 89, of Cumming passed away Saturday, Oct. 20, 2012, at Northside Hospital-Forsyth. He was preceded in death by his wife, Dorcas McCleskey Thompson; infant son, David; parents, Howard and Myrtie Stewart Thompson; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Pierce and Jessie Phillips McCleskey; and brother, Egbert Wesley Thompson.
A native of Forsyth County, Mr. Thompson was retired from Southern Freight Association, where he was a corporate attorney. He also had worked for L&N Railroad in Atlanta.
He graduated from Woodrow Wilson College of Law and passed the Georgia Bar Exam in 1967. He also attended Southern Business University and was a graduate of Cumming High School, class of 1941.
A veteran of World War II, Mr. Thompson served in the infantry branch of the 6th Army under General Douglas MacArthur. Initially, he was stationed at Fort McPherson and later Memphis, Tenn., then was transferred to New Guinea in the South Pacific. He later was assigned to the Leyte Gulf as part of the Invasion Force to Japan. At the end of the war he was transferred to Yokohama in Japan.
He is survived by his daughters, Rebecca Sharon Thompson of Alpharetta, Rita Susan Thomas (Jim) of Cumming, Linda Patrice Godby (Jerry) of Cumming; grandsons, Graham Thomas and Evin Godby, both of Cumming; sister, Margean Haney (Dan) of Alpharetta; sisters-in-law, Martha Lou Burruss (Bob) of Cumming, Vivian Hansard (Nathaniel) of Alpharetta; brother-in-law, P.J. McCleskey (Nancy) of Canton; sisters-in-law, Francis McCleskey and Wyolene McCleskey, both of Cumming; and a number of nieces, nephews, and cousins also survive.
Special thanks to Mr. Thompson's loving caregivers, Felecia Thompson and Toni Gilbert.
Funeral services with military honors will be held Tuesday, Oct. 23, at 1 p.m. at Midway United Methodist Church chapel in Alpharetta, with the Rev. Stacey Hanson and the Rev. Bud Sutton officiating. Entombment will be held in Sawnee View Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends at Ingram Funeral Home Monday, Oct. 22, from 1-8 p.m. and Tuesday, Oct. 23, from 9 a.m. until hour of the service.
Condolences may be made at www.ingramfuneralhome.com.
Ingram Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements.

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Published in Forsyth County News from Oct. 22 to Oct. 25, 2012
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