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Willie E. Thompson

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Private Graveside Service for Mr. Willie Evand “Vance” Thompson will be conducted 10:00 AM Saturday, August 29, 2020 at Greater Saint Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church Cemetery, 4810 Francis Marion Road, Florence, South Carolina. Interment will follow in the Church Cemetery, directed by Smith Funeral Home of Florence, LLC.

Mr. Willie Evand “Vance” Thompson was born January 4, 1938 in Florence, South Carolina to the late Willie A. Thompson and Eva McAllister Thompson. He departed this life on Saturday, August 22, 2020 at McLeod Hospice House in Florence, South Carolina.

Affectionately known as “Vance” or “Bad Boy”, he graduated from Gibbs High School Class of 1956.

He moved to Detroit, Michigan, where he lived for several years and gained employment as an Iron Welder. He met Florence Dickerson and to this relationship a son, Timmie Dickerson was born. As life progressed, he met and married Yvonne Thompson and to this union a son, Derrick Thompson was born. He moved to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He met and married Ana Coleman in 1973 and they were blessed with a daughter, Crystal.

After relocating to Florence, South Carolina, Vance a Welder by trade, for more than 40 years retired from Wellman Industrial in Johnsonville, South Carolina.

Vance, a member of Greater Saint Paul African Methodist Church in Florence, South Carolina served on the Steward Board; Commission on Stewardship Finance; Senior Choir member; a member of the Male Chorus; and on the Sons of Allen Ministry.

In addition to his parents; Vance was preceded in death by his wife, Ana Thompson.

He leaves to cherish: a daughter, Crystal (Tim) Britt, Derrick Thompson (Daisy), and Timmie (Olivia) Dickerson; six grandchildren, Dominic Thompson, Avery Britt, Derrick Thompson, Sharika Thompson, Pserda Dickerson and De Shay Dickerson; five great grandchildren; a brother, Reverend William L. Thompson, Sr.; and a host of nephews; nieces; other relatives; and friends.

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Praying for the Thompson Family in your time of sorrow. Rev. William L. Thompson ( former Pastor and family) know the me and my family are remembering you all in prayers. Trustee Queen Wallace,Deacon Howard Wallace and family. We love all of you!

Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

Derrick and family, you have our deepest sympathies, during this trying time. We can't physically be with you and Daisy, just know The NWA 256 Riders- Shoals Chapter are keeping you lifted in prayer. Your extended family- NWA 256 Riders- Shoals Chapter Wallace Thompson, Pres.

Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

My deepest condolences on the lost of cousin Vance. Philly with Bennie Lee Franklin & my dad Robert RIP until we meet again. Geraldine Thompson Oneal

Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

My deepest sympathy to my family on the lost of our Vance. I will always remember him when he lived in Philly with my Dad Robert. God bless you all

Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

Giselle McAllister

Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

No more suffering no more pain. May you rest in peace cousin Vance. I used to love to hear you talk about your days growing up. I learned a lot about my Granddaddy Henry Allen and my Aunt Eva who I never knew.You always had a funny and interesting story to tell. You will surely be missed.

Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

Thinking on the cherished memories of my dearest brother-in-Christ. So saddened by our loss so suddenly. Praying for comfort and strength to each of us as we reflect on our own time we spent with Vance over the phones. May God grants to us His comfort, strength and peace at this time. God's Blessings, Family. Zee

Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

Our staff will continue to keep your family in our prayers. We thank you for allowing us to serve your family.

Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM