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Rogers Pickard Funeral Home
Tuesday May 1st, 2018
6:00pm - 8:00pm

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First Baptist Church
Wednesday May 2nd, 2018

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P. Frank Thompson

Paul Franklin Thompson, Sr., born 1/26/36, passed away Monday morning April 30, 2018.


Frank Thompson was the 6th child of Roy and Clara Thompson. He is preceded in death by his parents and his siblings, Bill, Lacy, Mary Lee, Leroy and Archie.


Service of celebration will be held Wednesday, May 2nd at 2:00 at First Baptist Church, Sanford, NC. 


Frank was a natural athlete excelling in football and baseball in high school and then becoming a team leader on the Wake Forest College football team 1955-58. He was co-captain and was voted MVP in 1958.


He went on to coach football at Bladenboro and Massey Hill high school and girls’ basketball in Bladenboro.


He never met a stranger. This worked to his advantage in his careers in human resources at Bladenboro Cotton Mills and sales with Harris Crane Commodities Charlotte, NC. He made many friends along the way.


One of his greatest legacies was his work with young men through sports, scouts and church. He had a special interest in those who had lost their fathers. He instilled in them the same values of education and hard work that he instilled in his children.

He gave the best hugs and had the greatest laugh. He was always willing to help a neighbor.


He was a long-time member of Sanford First Baptist Church where he was a deacon, coached church basketball and played/coached church softball. He served on the Lee County School Board and on the Agricultural Committee.


He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Betty, his Children Frank Jr, (Vicki) of Sanford, Laura Pittman (Keith) of Wilson and Kristi Parker (Jon) of Gibsonville. Grandchildren, Phillip Thompson (Rachael), Christopher Thompson (Chelsea), Ty Parker and Sara Beth Parker.

Special thanks to the wonderful caregivers that have so lovingly cared for him these past few months. 


The visitation will be at First Baptist Church fellowship hall from 6 until 8 on Tuesday May 1. 


In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to First Baptist Church (202 Summit Drive) mission fund for the youth mission trip to Tennessee this summer.       



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A candle was lit in memory of P. Frank Thompson

Linda Evers Fields May 10 2018 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of P. Frank Thompson

Jennifer Tatum May 10 2018 12:00 AM

So very sorry for your loss, prayers for the family

Donna Chapin May 6 2018 12:00 AM

May you find comfort and strength in knowing that God loves us and he cares for us, through talking to God in prayer, and from God's Word, the Bible. Psalm 36:7 says: "How precious your loyal love is, O God! In the shadow of your wings, the sons of men take refuge". 1 Peter 5:7; "Throw all your anxiety (cares, worries) on him, because he cares for you! Please accept my sincere condolences. Always remember God loves you and he cares for you! (Isaiah 41:10,13 2 Corinthians 1:3,4)

Rachel Morton May 5 2018 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of P. Frank Thompson

Johnny Lipscomb May 3 2018 12:00 AM

Coach Thompson will be greatly missed. He had a big impact on the Bladenboro community. Frank Jr, sorry for your loss.

Greg Goodwin May 2 2018 12:00 AM

A Balance Easel Spray was ordered on May 2, 2018

Expression of Sympathy May 2 2018 12:00 AM

Coach Thompson...what a man!!!! I remember when he and Betty moved to Bladenboro the summer of '59 like it was yesterday and the little house they lived in before moving three doors down from us on "Back" Street. He coached the first eleven man high school football teams in Bladenboro and had a winning record in his first ever year. To me, a feat hard to beat, was his first two girls basketball teams where they went 22-0 each year. That's a record hard to beat. But some of the most memorable times I remember him were when he was at the bat for the Bladenboro Spinners semi-pro baseball teams of the sixties. He was noted as a pretty good homerun hitter where he cleared the right field fence numerous times. A young man this good at bat was even a better friend to everybody who ever came in contact with him. Coach knew how to light up a room while being first in line to help anyone needing it. To me, Frank Thompson was the best. Betty Bolt Thompson, a wonderful lady I'll always remember, was the class act who was always by his side and a great mother to the children. God bless all of you of the Frank and Betty Thompson family.

Tommy Chandler May 2 2018 12:00 AM

Mrs. Thompson & Family,
Had heard last evening of Coach Thompson's passing. May God bless each of you during these days of mourning and especially this afternoon at the service honoring his life. It certainly was a life well lived. Perhaps his greatest moment is yet to be when all God's children celebrate in heaven and God allows each of His children to once again meet all those they had an influence on for good in this world. I'm sure Coach Thompson "cheering section" will be numerous. Thank you Mrs. Betty and Coach Frank for sharing part of your years in education with the folks in the Bladenboro NC area. We still think of those days and the good you'll did during those years. We still love you and think of you often, while we thank God for the great influence you had on the young people here. In football language, it is now "first and eternity to go". Some how or other, I think Coach Thompson is liking a game that never ends and his teams is always winning.

G C & Linda Bryan May 2 2018 12:00 AM

Mr Thompson was a great man! God bless him and the family.

Samuel Petty and the Petty family May 2 2018 12:00 AM

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