Obituary

J. Knox Thompson

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MAXTON — J. Knox Thompson, 80, passed away on Jan. 29, 2016.

A memorial service was held at 11 a.m. Monday at the First Baptist Church officiated by the Rev. Carl Redding.

He is survived by his wife Rachel Register Ensminger Thompson, his sons Joe Thompson (Sherrie) and Arthur Ensminger (Susan) of Laurinburg, his daughters Ann Knox Thompson of Wagam, Sherri Veshinski (John) of Laurinburg, and Debra Ensminger of Carthage, his grandsons Nicholas Thompson, Brandon Veshinski, and Taylor Veshinski, his granddaughters Rebecca Thompson, Elizabeth Nangauta (Jesse), Hannah Thompson, and Mallorie Veshinski, his great-grandsons Anthony Nangauta and Joseph Nangauta, and his great-granddaughter Lauren Nangauta.

Knox graduated from Laurinburg High School in 1953 and enlisted in the U.S. Army. Following his service in the military he worked at Prince Mill in East Laurinburg before beginning a 35 year career with the U.S. Postal Service as a mail carrier.

Despite being raised fatherless, from the late 1950s until the mid 1960s Knox was the overseer, adult chaperon, and security — all rolled into one — for the Laurinburg teenage hangout known as the "Canteen." He became a mentor and confidante for many of the teens that frequented the Canteen.

Knox was an avid golfer and had 11 holes-in-one to his credit and won the Pinehurst Putter Boy trophy six times. He was also an avid fan of the UNC Tar Heels in any sport and the New York Yankees. He also enjoyed hunting and fishing.

He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather recalled as being stubborn — in a good way.

On June 25, 2010 Knox was born again into a true Christian relationship, and became a witness to many.

Memorial contributions are requested for the First Baptist Church, PO Box 507, Maxton, NC 28364.

McDougald Funeral Home and Crematorium is serving the Thompson family.


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Published in Laurinburg Exchange from Feb. 1 to Feb. 2, 2016
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