Jeannine Thompson
1934 - 2021
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Asheboro, NC
Jeannine Thompson

June 3, 1934 - May 10, 2021

Jeannine Thompson, 86, of Mooresville, a former educator with the Kern High School District, died Monday morning, May 10, 2021, in Asheboro, of natural causes.

She was a member of the Mooresville High School, class of '52, graduate of the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill and an avid Tar Heel fan. Thompson, began her teaching career in Asheboro, and moved to Bakersfield, Calif., in 1960, where she had a 35 year career as counselor and administrator, becoming the first female principal in the history of Kern High School District. She was inducted into Bakersfield's Stockdale High School's first Athletic Hall of Fame in 2019.

An active member in her youth of Mooresville's Central United Methodist Church, Thompson continued her affiliation at First United Methodist Church in Bakersfield, where she sang in the choir. Popular among staff and students, Thompson, a noted photographer, was omnipresent at athletic and academic events, taking pictures of her students performing and succeeding. Thompson moved to her native North Carolina in 2013, to be closer to family. She was preceded in death by her father, Joe Thompson; mother, Virginia Gabriel Thompson; and brother, Dr. J. Wayne Thompson, all of Mooresville.

She is survived by her sister-in-law, Elizabeth Thompson of Asheboro; niece, Lory Beth Huffman; and nephews, Tyre Thompson, Jeffrey Thompson and Gary Thompson.

The family will hold a celebration of life service at First United Methodist Church in Asheboro, Saturday, May 22, at 11 a.m., and a graveside service at Glenwood Memorial Park in Mooresville, Sunday, May 23, at 2 p.m. Services will be officiated by the Revs. Lynda Ferguson, Edward Ramsey, Don Haynes and Lory Beth Huffman.

Memorials can be sent to Central United Methodist Church, 214 N Academy St., Mooresville, NC 28115, 704-664-5429.

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Published by Mooresville Tribune on May 19, 2021.
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224 North Fayetteville Street, Asheboro, NC
2:00p.m. - 2:00p.m.
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273 Glenwood Dr., Mooresville, NC
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Ms Thompson was my principal at Stockdale high as was she my brother's principal at South High school. She always had a kind and caring demeanor and was always at every event. She will be missed
Wendy (Evans) Raybon
July 16, 2021
I am so sorry I did not find out about Jeannine's memorial service until after it was over. I just want to share some memories about Jeannine.

I taught at Stockdale High the first four years it was open. I have many fond memories of Jeannine. First, she was always taking pictures and documenting the history of Stockdale. She was so proud of the school, the staff, and relished in the accomplishments of the students. Her photo albums were huge!

Another memory of her is that she would monitor the cafeteria and quad area during lunch time. She wanted to make sure that the brand new school kept looking that way and that students took care of it. One of the students I had mistook her for a "lunch lady" because he saw her almost on a daily basis there. Many times, students don't get to see their Principal other than occasionally. Jeannine was hands-on.

Another memory is how she worked with everyone to create a culture at the school - what it would be known for, what programs, athletics, student clubs and organizations, and other things. She paved the way for the "Mustang Posse" (a parent booster club), and I treasure with pride the badge I have as a charter member.

Yet another memory is how she would honor teachers at the end of the school year. Those teachers that were retiring or moving on to another campus would be treated to kind words and remembrances. She truly cared about her staff!

Professionally, I will always remember with great pride in Jeannine, the year she was responsible for my evaluation. I was very nervous and trying hard to do my best. Since I taught a hands-on elective class, I had students working while I was monitoring and working with them. She was very engaged with the students, having them show her what they were doing or working on. I could tell she was enjoying talking with them, and had that characteristic gleam in her eye. After the observations, she wrote a four-page "Observations of my Observation" (her words). It was filled with comments, praises, suggestions, and feedback. I have never in my 33 years in education received such a valuable and in-depth evaluation!

I will treasure my memories of working with Jeannine, being a young and not very experienced (or not all that mature) teacher, coming to a school that was less than half-completed on the first day, and developing my first real sense of pride in a school as a teacher, while navigating the very challenging first two years of Stockdale's life. Thank you, Jeannine, for what you have done for Stockdale, for the community, and for this lifelong educator. You have made such a difference in your life and career.
Sean Caras
May 22, 2021
I worked under Jeanine as a baby teacher. She was the dean at South High school at the time. Later she became our vice. Principal and later our principal. She was a friend. I ran into her at he Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia in front of the volleyball venue. Neither of. Us knew the other was going to be there. We chatted for awhile about the occasion. It was great fun. Naturally she had her camera around her neck. I always liked Jeanine. She will be missed. METTIE CUMMINS

Mettie Cummins
May 20, 2021
I'm so sorry to learn of Jeannine's passing. I worked with her at South High School in the 70's-early 80's. As loves ones reminisce with family and friends, may the lifetime of wonderful memories help ease the pain of loss and bring comfort to you. Jeannine is now in the arms of angels and resting at the foot of God.
Sherry Coffman
May 19, 2021
Ms. Thompson was our Dean of Girls when I was at South. I will always remember her soft drawl and her smile. For many years, running into her in town, she always remembered her students and had a smile and a kind word.
Vicci Brown Snyder
May 19, 2021
Jeannie Thompson was my high school principal at South High, she was the best principal very caring to her students and really listened to students with home problems and tried to help. She never judged the students who had children in high school, she was proud that they finished their education with the PACE Center.
Marian Barraza
May 18, 2021
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