Mark James Thompson
1941 - 2018
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Mark James Thompson

ROEBUCK, SC-- On March 10, 2018, Mr. Mark James Thompson passed into eternal rest after a car accident. He was survived by his sisters Teresa, Angela, and Melissa, and his brother Christopher. He had three surviving children: Tanya, Michael, and Andrew. Andrew and his wife Susan are the parents of his four grandchildren. He was predeceased by his wife Phyllis, to whom he was married on June 6, 1969, and a son, James Edmund.
Born in 1941, Mark Thompson was a well-educated man who dedicated himself to his Catholic faith, his family, and a lifetime of serving others. A 1961 graduate of St. Bernard's College in Cullman, Alabama, he went on to earn further degrees from the University of Puerto Rico, Clemson University, and Limestone College.
After a period of government service in the Washington, DC area, he was commissioned as an officer in the U.S. Public Health Service, and served for five years. After his time in the Public Health Service, he transitioned to a career in teaching that lasted more than twenty-five years. He taught in Anderson and Spartanburg Counties, eventually retiring from his position as an instructor of economics and government at Paul M. Dorman High School in 1997. After retiring from teaching, he spent six years as a District Executive for the Palmetto Council, Boy Scouts of America, serving Union and Cherokee Counties.
Throughout his life, Mark took leadership roles on the boards of many charitable and fraternal organizations. He was a member of the board of the Spartanburg County Public Library, the Spartanburg County Eagle Board (BSA), the Spartanburg Chapter of the Society of St. Vincent De Paul, and the finance committee of Catholic Church of Jesus, Our Risen Savior. His past public service leadership roles include his membership of the Spartanburg County Selective Service Board, and his past service as a Blue and Gold Officer for the U. S. Naval Academy.
Mark also served as a volunteer and supporter for many other service organizations, too numerous to fully list here. Some of these are the Spartanburg Chapter of The American Red Cross, the Spartanburg Amateur Radio Club, the Spartanburg Stamp Club, the Knights of Columbus, the South Carolinians for Efficient Government, the Ancient Order of Hibernians, The Old Friends Club, and The Navy Blue and Gold Trivia Team. Mark was known for his persistence and for his lively personality. Many will miss his quick wit, sharp intellect, and kind heart.
Visitation will be 5:00 - 7:00 PM Wednesday, March 14, 2018 at Floyd's Greenlawn Chapel, 2075 East Main Street, Spartanburg, SC 29307. A Mass of Christian Burial will be at noon on Thursday, March 15, 2018 at the Catholic Church of Jesus, Our Risen Savior, 2575 Reidville Road, Spartanburg, SC 29301, conducted by the Rev. Edgardo Enverga, CRM. Burial will follow at in Heritage Memorial Gardens, 3901 South Church Street, Roebuck, SC 29376.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials be made to the Society of St. Vincent De Paul, 2575 Reidville Road, Spartanburg, SC 29301.
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Published in Spartanburg Herald-Journal from Mar. 12 to Mar. 13, 2018.
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March 14, 2018
To Tanya, Michael, and Andrew, May our Lord and Our Lady encamp around you at this time of your loss. We esteemed Mark very much and deeply appreciated his friendship. Although we didn't see him all the time, we always reminisced the old days. And, when we did see him it was like we never stopped our "family" visits. We will miss him much. Mark was one of those people who made the world a better place. We love you all, you will be in our prayers continually.

Alvaro and Alcira Fernandez
Alvaro Fernandez
March 13, 2018
To the family, I am sorry to hear the news a about your loss.May God who "binds up the broken hearted" and comforted all who mourns" sustain your family during this challenging time. Isaiah 61:1,2
March 12, 2018
I'm deeply saddened by this news. I pray you all find comfort in Christ to deal with your loss. I've known Mark since I was a young girl, as has my family.
March 12, 2018
Julie Ramey
March 12, 2018
To Michael, Tanya, Andrew and family, Mark was a kind, and good friend to us. Always caring to ask how we were and how we were doing in our studies. Always showed concern for others. Selfless person he was. May you all take comfort in the fact that he will still watch over you, just from a better place You are all in my prayers and may the consolation of the Holy Spirit be upon you.
Diana Fernandez
March 12, 2018
So sorry to hear this. Mr. Thompson was my teacher at Dorman many years ago. Remember him well. Prayers and comfort for his family.
March 12, 2018
So sad to learn of Mr. Thompson's passing. He was my homeroom teacher back in the day...always so kind and funny. Sending thoughts and prayers to his family during this sad time. - Barbara
March 12, 2018
To all the dear and precious children of Mark and Phyllis Thompson,our most sincere sympathies go out to all of you. MARK WILL ALWAYS BE REMEMBERED IN OUR HEARTS AND SOULS AS A VERY LOVING KIND AND GENEROUS CHRISTAIN MAN. We met Mark at JESUS OUR RISEN SAVIOR CHURCH recently and it was as if we knew him for many years, as his personality was "SUPERB". He will be missed by us and many as he was a WONDERFUL MAN.MARK REST IN PEACE FOREVER IN GOD'S ARMS AMEN.
Patricia and Thomas Magaletti
March 12, 2018
I am so sorry to hear about the passing of Mr. Thompson. He was my favorite teacher and one of my favorite people. He and my parents were good friends and he reminded me each time he saw me I was his favorite dizzy blonde. He was a great man with a vibrant personality. He will be greatly missed by everyone that knew him. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.
Amy Bradley-Swanger
March 12, 2018
I always enjoyed our political talks. He will be missed by all who knew him. My his soul rest in peace.
MaryAnn Riley
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