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.