John Paul Thompson answered the call from God to come home to his eternal reward on February 4th, 2023. He passed away in his sleep after previously sharing that ‘God is taking care of things no matter what’ and he was seeing ‘angels all around.’ He will be joining his wife Barbara Ann in paradise singing praises to the Lord forever.
In life, John Paul did not know a stranger, and shared his joy and love with them. Because of his compassion for people, he wove mats for the homeless to sleep on, watched over them in cold shelters, and provided clothes and food so their needs would be met. He grew gardens to feed his family and shared from his pantry with anyone in in need. He collected clothes in a special closet so others would have something nice to wear. He was grateful for all that the Lord had provided to meet these needs. He was also grateful that J.C. Penny corporation had given him money for clothes when he went to college.
John Paul also volunteered with the Special Olympics to bring full life to those with challenges, Lion’s Club to give sight, community reading programs for the youth, Boy Scouts to share skills and life direction, and walked with brothers and sisters in Martin Luther King, Jr parades with great joy. He also freely gave his time to many bible studies and camp retreats over the years.
In life, he served many churches sharing about the love of God through Jesus Christ who made a way to come into full life. He served people in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in 5 states: Georgia (Atlanta (Peachtree), Guyton, Watkinsville, Marietta, and Lawrenceville); Missouri (Dripping springs, Bucklin, Knob Noster, and Grant City); Illinois: (Decatur (Prairie Avenue)); in Nebraska: Alma; and South Carolina: Walterboro.
John Paul will be greatly missed by his family. He was the 7th of 14 children. Surviving siblings are Doris, Charlotte, Virginia, Wauneta, Steven, Phyllis, and Sharon. He is also survived by; daughters Leilani and Leinesa, sons through marriage Todd and Ken; and granddaughters Michelle, Eliza, and Sarah Ann. He will also be missed by many friends he shared life with, neighbors, and communities that he lived in. John Paul’s favorite thing was to laugh and joke with people and then listen to what was on their heart. He was quick to help others through the goodness that God put in his life and what the Lord blessed him with. His life is known by love in action for the benefit of others.
John Paul Thompson’s life will be celebrated Saturday, February 25th at 1:00pm at Beach Church’s Chapel, 325 7TH Ave. N., Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250. A reception for friends and family will follow.
(Some have asked if donations could be sent to a charity of interest to John Paul. If you are interested, you may send a donation to the Special Olympics, P.O. Box 626, Alberta Lea, MN, 56007.)