Thompson, Robert William “Bobby”

Accomplished Athlete Served In The U.S. Army

Saturday, September 9, 2017
Robert William “Bobby” Thompson
Robert William “Bobby” Thompson

Robert William “Bobby” Thompson, 59, of Chattanooga, Tennessee, went to be with Jesus on September 8, 2017.

He was born April 8, 1958 in Cleveland, Tn., to the late William R. “Bobby” Thompson and mother, Mary Lou Summar Thompson. Bobby was a lifetime resident of Chattanooga. He attended Cleveland High School where he was a shot put/discus state champion with teammate and fellow Blue Raider Paul Davis. The two-man team accumulated enough event points and they won the TSSAA Team State Track and Field Championship in 1977, with his father Bobby Thompson, Sr. as their coach. Bobby’s athletic ability achievements led him to earning a full football scholarship to play for the University of Tennessee Knoxville under Coach Bill Battle. Bobby later enlisted in The United States Army where he received an honorable discharge.

Later in life, Bobby worked for Bowater in Calhoun, Tn., where he was employed for 12 years.

He was preceded in death by his uncle, Lt. Gen. James E. Thompson.

He is survived by his mother, Mary Lou Summar Thompson; siblings, Terinda Kim (Joe) Depew, Tammie Kay (Steve) Smith and Brian Kenyon Thompson; aunts and uncles, Nat S. and Sissy Thompson, Patti Thompson; nieces and nephews, Ashley Elizabeth (Brian) Smedley, Emily Elizabeth Thompson, Abbey Elizabeth Brewton, Campbell Mae Thompson, Conner Matthew Smedley, William Brooks Thompson and Elizabeth Reese Smedley; cousins, Robert and Natalie Pearce, Nat S. Thompson, Jr., Tara and Steve Stevens and James E. Thompson, Jr.; loving friends, Paul Davis, Rev. Sterling Jetton, Samantha McCaleb and loving pet “Baby Dog”.

A visitation will be held on Sunday, Sept. 10, from 4-8 p.m. at Chattanooga Funeral Home, North Chapel.

A visitation will be held on Monday, Sept. 11, from 1-3 p.m. with a Celebration of Life Service following at 3 p.m. Burial will be private.

The family would like to express their love and appreciation to all the staff at Memorial Hospital (downtown) in CCU and the Emergency room staff.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to The Bobby Thompson Fund c/o Shelter Missions International, 3012 Stepping Rock Drive, Apison, Tn. 37302. “To Aid The Student Athletes To Excel”.

Arrangements are held by the North Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home, Crematory and Florist, 5401 Highway 153, Hixson, TN 37343.

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