Donald "Donnie" Thompson

Friday, January 14, 1944 - Wednesday, July 17, 2019

A Man Devoted to Helping Others

Photo of Donald "Donnie" Thompson  - 1944-2019

Canton- As we go throughout our lives there are special people we meet , that we shall never forget and  Donald “Donnie” Hubert Thompson is a man who will live on in the hearts of his family and in the hearts of his neighbors and in the hearts of any person that had known him as their friend.

 On Wednesday, July 17, 2019 as the warm sunshine fell upon the mountains of the Beaverdam Community, Donnie Thompson, age 75,  who was resting peacefully surrounded by his loving family was called home by his Lord and Savior to eternal rest.

Donnie was born January 14, 1944 in Haywood County to the late Mary Reno Thompson and the late Hubert Thompson. He was a United States Army Veteran who honorably and proudly served his country and following his military career he became employed with Dayco Southern where he retired with 31 years of dedicated service. Donnie’s great love for his family was witnessed by anyone who knew him and he devoted his life to making a good home for his family. He spent endless hours keeping his lawn mowed and manicured to perfection and everyone who visited the Thompson home was always made to feel welcome by Wilma and Donnie. He was usually the first to greet anyone who came to visit with his strong handshake and his bright smile and during the summer season he just could not wait to offer everyone some of his delicious homemade ice cream!  Music brought great joy to Donnie’s life as country and gospel music were his favorites.  He also enjoyed playing the organ, and was always trading up for a better and newer version to play.  Donnie was a talented and avid golfer who had won numerous amateur golf tournaments throughout the southeastern United States.  Kind, considerate, courageous and caring and always there for those that might need a helping hand- this was truly Donnie Thompson. In the words of his family,  “He will forever be remembered as the Pillar of the Beaverdam Community.” A devoted husband, a wonderful dad and father-in-law, an amazing grandfather and always an eager “golf buddy”- Donnie has blessed our lives and our hearts forever.  

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, James “Jimmy” Ervin Thompson and Raymond Henry Thompson.

Surviving are his loving wife of 54 years, Wilma Creasman Thompson of Canton; his son and daughter-in-law, Shane Thompson and Kendra Matthews Thompson of Canton ; his grandson, Dalton Thompson of Canton; his brothers, Horace Glenn Thompson of Canton and Judd Curtis Thompson of Waynesville ; a sister-in-law, Pauline Creasman  of Waynesville; two nephews ; a lifelong friend, Harvey Worley of Canton and also many special friends.

A gathering of family and friends  to remember and honor Donnie’s life will be held from 6:00 until 8:00 pm Wednesday , July 24, 2019 at Crawford / Ray Funeral Home and Cremation Service.

Memorials  in Donnie’s memory made be made to the  American Cancer Society, 1901 Brunswick Avenue, Suite 100, Charlotte, NC 28207.

Crawford / Ray Funeral Home and Cremation Service is honored to be caring for the Thompson family.

Condolences from family and friends


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I spent a lot of time with Donnie through the years and will have to say he was the same all the time and a person of high character and will be missed by a lot of friends and family.
Jerry Henson
Donnie was a great friend and I enjoyed all the tournaments we played together ,he will be greatly missed. He loved his family dearly
John schmidt
Wilma & Shane I am sorry to hear about Donnie. I was honored to spend time with him on occasions while enjoying golf. He will be greatly missed, but not forgotten. My prayers are with the family.
Joe Harrell
I always enjoyed playing golf with Donnie. He was always honest and forthright. More than that, he was a good man.
Steve Williams
Knew Donnie for many and played a lot of golf with him.He will be missed by family and his golfing friends.RIP DONNIE
Ron Shook
Wilma I was so sorry to hear of Donnie’s passing Barbara Anders told me this afternoon when we were talking please know you are and will be in my thoughts and Prayers in the days ahead
Cyndi Barnette Mintz
Wilma, so very sorry to hear of the loss of your husband. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. May God give you all strength during this time of need.
Shirlene Erwin
Donnie was a great man ! I always enjoyed my time spent with Donnie. The laughs and stories went on forever and along the way, he would find a way to teach you right from wrong. He will be truly missed by family and friends.