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    - Robert Scott
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    - Barbara White
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The Rev. Robert Thompson Jr. was born Jan. 11, 1946, in Fayette, Miss., and was the ninth child of 10 children to the Rev. Robert B. Thompson Sr. and Minerva Lewis Thompson. He was baptized at the age of 12 as a member of Rose Hill #2 Missionary Baptist Church, under the leadership of his father, the Rev. Robert B. Thompson Sr. In 1980, he and his family joined Leak Temple African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, Anchorage, Alaska, under the leadership of the late Rev. Theodore A. Moore.

In 1964, the Rev. Thompson graduated from Liddell High School in Fayette, Miss., where he had many friends and acquaintances. He matriculated to Alcorn State University for two years, prior to joining the United States Army. He served 28 years on active duty and retired in January 1995 at the rank of major. He served as a physician assistant for 20 years at Kenner Army Health Clinic, Fort Lee, Va., as well as the chief of orthopedic. He retired in April 2013.

The Rev. Thompson earned his associate degree from Baylor University, Waco, Texas, a bachelor of science degree from Columbus College, Columbus, Ga., and a master of science Degree from St. Francis University, Loretto, Pa. He was also fellowship trained from Brook Army Medical Center, Fort Sam Houston, Texas.

In 1994, the Rev. Thompson and his family transferred their membership from Caleb A.M.E. Zion Church, San Antonio, Texas, to Greater Faith A.M.E. Zion Church, Petersburg, Va., where they continued to worship the Lord.

The Rev. Thompson was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in the spring of 2006. He lived eight years with this disease, making him one of the 5 percent that lived beyond one year and among the 2 percent that lived beyond five years. We credit his survival to his and our faith in God. The Rev. Thompson did not view his diagnosis as a death sentence, but rather a thorn in his side much like the one that affected Paul. "A thorn that God would use to activate his obedience to his calling." The Rev. Thompson did not complain about this disease, instead it encouraged him to live life to the fullest on God's behalf. He took every opportunity to share the good news with friends, patients, colleagues, his health care providers and even strangers. He never judged, but like Paul he spoke the truth. He didn't worry about life. In fact he would often say that he would be here until his work is done; and when his work is done God would call him home.

On May 20, 2007, The Rev. Thompson announced his obedience to the call from God and the proclamation of His word. In September 2011, he was assigned his first church, Blackwell Temple A.M.E. Zion Church, Kenbridge, Va.

The Rev. Thompson exchanged this worldly life for eternal life at his residence on Friday, June 13, 2014, at 4:19 p.m. He was preceded in death by his father, the Rev. Robert B. Thompson Sr.; mother, Minerva Lewis Thompson; three brothers, James Harrington, Charlie Thompson and Elbert Thompson; two sisters, Rosie L. Turner and Catherine Williams; and two sisters-in-law, Loretta Thompson and Barbara Thompson.

The Rev. Thompson is survived by his beloved, most gracious and charming wife of 44 years, Joyce A. (Palmer) Thompson, who he affectionately referred to as "Ba"; three daughters, Stacie M. Thompson of Chester, Va., Sonya M. Lee (Charles) of Fayette, Miss., and Robyn L. Thompson of Alexandria, Va.; one son, Robert B. Thompson III (Myria) of Hopewell, Va.; six grandchildren, Roderick M. Gray II of Redford, Mich., Shariya' L. Gray of Norfolk, Va., Charles Lee Jr., Kylan Lee and Tyriek Lee, all of Fayette, Miss., and Ethan N. Thompson of Hopewell, Va.; two sisters, Matiel E. Wicks (Dallas) and Mary L. Payne (Noah), both of Fayette, Miss.; two brothers, Lewis Thompson and Larry Thompson, both of Fayette Miss.; three sisters-in-law, Johnnie M. Thompson, Mary L Thompson, both of Fayette, Miss., and Crystal Fields of Winston-Salem, N.C.; three brothers-in-law, Rayford Williams and Monroe Turner, both of Fayette, Miss., Marvin A. Palmer Jr. (Donna) of Harrisburg, Pa.; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousin, friends, and the Mid Atlantic II Episcopal District of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church family.

Service for the Rev. Robert Thompson Jr. will be held 11 a.m. Friday, June 27, 2014, at Greater Faith A.M.E. Zion Church, 1301 Youngs Road, Petersburg, Va.; the Rev. Dr. Audrey Jones, pastor, and the Rev. Dr. Thomas E. Tucker Jr., eulogist. Interment will be held at Southlawn Memorial Park.

The wake service will be held 7 p.m. Thursday, June 26, 2014, at the funeral establishment.

The family will receive friends at 5412 Willow Oak Drive, Prince George, Va.

Family members and friends are invited to pay final tribute to the Rev. Thompson at

Funeral arrangements entrusted to the staff of J.M. Wilkerson Funeral Establishment Inc., 102 South Ave., Petersburg, Va., 804-732-8911,
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