Willard Thompson Jr., 76, a resident of Huttonsville, went to be with the Lord on July 14, 2013.
He was born Monday, Aug. 31, 1936, in Cumberland, Ky., the son of the late Willard Thompson Sr. and Edna Mae Brown Thompson. He is survived by his loving wife, Joyce Helen Finkle Thompson, with whom he would have celebrated his 60th wedding anniversary this September.
Also surviving are five daughters, Debbie Gladwell and husband, Kenney, of Huttonsville; Christine Taylor of Huttonsville; Cindy Hulver of Beverly, and former husband David Hulver; Linda Shifflett and husband, Ritchie, of Huttonsville; and Susie Thompson of Huttonsville; 11 grandchildren, Kevin and Eric Gladwell; Courtney Felton and husband, Scott; Ashleigh Tenney and husband, Tristan; Kristen Taylor; David Hulver II and former wife, Sherri; Bryan Hulver and wife, Tessa; Hillary Hulver; Josh Shifflett; Stacey Shreve and husband, Matt; Jackie Shifflett and companion, Thomas Wratchford; 14 great grandchildren Adley and Zebulun Felton; Cathrynne Rose; Benjamin; Emilia and Levi Tenney; Anna, Nathaniel, Wyatt, Devin and Hunter Hulver; Logan and E.J. Shreve; and Jaxon Wratchford; two brothers, Jeff Thompson and wife, Sharon, Thompson of Sidney, N.Y.; and Johnny Thompson and former wife, Janice, of Zebulon, N.C.; and a special friend of the family, Lisa Knutti.
Willard Thompson Jr.
Willard was proceeded in death by infant twin brothers, Wayne and Blaine; infant brother Adien Joab; brothers Thomas Thompson; Dennis Thompson; Charlie Thompson; sisters Jessie Lisanick and Bettie Jean Thompson; one son-in-law, Rodney Taylor; and infant granddaughter, Jennifer Gladwell.
Willard attended the schools of North Carolina and had worked road construction most of his life. He came to West Virginia in 1970 and worked as construction superintendent of blasting and drilling for several companies including Savin Brothers, SS Joe Burford and Black Rock Construction. He was especially proud of his work on the foundation of the World Trade Center. Junior, as he was often referred to, was a loving and well-loved husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, brother, and uncle who enjoyed fishing and camping and was a member of Valley Independent Baptist Church.
Visitation will be held at the Randolph Funeral Home on Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. On Thursday, July 18, 2013, Mr. Thompson will be moved to the Valley Independent Baptist Church where friends may call from noon to 1 p.m., the funeral hour. Pastor Frank Stanley and Rev. Tristan Tenney will officiate, and interment will follow at the Brick Church Cemetery. The Randolph Funeral Home and Cremation Services has been entrusted with the arrangements for Willard Thompson Jr.
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