He was of the Baptist faith.
He leaves behind a family who loved him and will miss him greatly. He was a loving husband, son, brother and grandfather. He was “GG” to his grandchildren, who will miss his love and laughter. He was the owner of American Wrecker Installations in Ooltewah.
He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Luther and Ina Thompson; his maternal grandparents, Edward and Pearl Harrison; two aunts: Betty Thompson Brown and Jane Thompson Harris; and three uncles: Cecil Thompson, Alvin Thompson and Fredrick Thompson.
He was a Vietnam veteran, having served from 1969 to 1971. He was awarded six medals during his time of service. He enjoyed fishing, NASCAR racing, motorcycles and rebuilding his Corvette.
He is survived by his wife, Therese Montoya Thompson; his parents, Willard and Ruth Thompson; one sister and spouse, Patricia West (Ralph); one brother and his spouse, Mark Thompson (Lisa); his daughter and spouse, Michele Archuleta Arnold (Kerry); his three grandchildren: Gabriel Archuleta, Isaiah Arnold and Adrian Arnold; one niece, Brittany Finnell Tilley; four nephews: Michael Finnell Jr. Aaron Finnell, Garrett Thompson and Grayson Thompson; one great-niece, Adeline Tilley; five great-nephews: Chance Finnell, Lucas Finnell, Miles Finnell, Trae Finnell, and Brandon Tilley; and Shirley Thompson and children, Cheryl, Rhonda, Russ and Charles.
The funeral will be conducted at noon Monday, Nov. 26, 2012, in the chapel of Ralph Buckner Funeral Home with Pastor Jonathan Powell officiating.
Interment will be held at 2 p.m. Monday in Chattanooga National Cemetery with military honors. Serving as pallbearers will be Samuel Montoya, Kerry Arnold, Russ Milling, Charles Milling, Michael Finnell Jr. and Aaron Finnell. Honorary pallbearers will be Gabriel Archuleta, Isaiah Arnold, Garrett Thompson, Grayson Thompson, Chance and Lucas Finnell, Miles and Trae Finnell and Brandon Tilley. A white dove release ceremony will conclude the service.
His family will receive friends from 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
We invite you to send a message of condolence and view the Thompson family guestbook at www.ralphbuckner.com.