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Jerry, we became instant friends when we met during the crisis of "79. You always stayed in touch throughout the years. It was with great pleasure that we kept up with old and new news! It was with honor that I worked with you on projects that were close to your heart and soul. I'll miss that "Tennessee twang". I will cherish our friendship and remember the conversations we had about all that was good and bad in this world. Thank you for your passion in honoring our Great Country!
I'll miss you good buddy!
~ John Yates - December 5, 2019
Duke and I feel honored to have known such a very fine, interesting, intelligent and humorous man. We likewise know we are very fortunate to have Kay as a part of our lives through sharing her life with our son Ed. She carries forward all those very fine qualities she inherited from her Dad.
~ Joyce & Duke Shannahan - November 23, 2019
Jane and daughters,
Sorry for this late response to our good friend Jerry's death, but we were out of the area when notice came of Jerry's demise. We will miss Jerry and his great wit and close friendship over close to thirty years. Jerry always was a true professional and was undaunted in his pursuit of doing things right. He was a gentleman of the first order and will be sorely missed by all who knew him. Rest in peace Jerry; I hope to see you again in the hereafter.
~ Jack and Evelyn Hennessey - November 13, 2019
~ Jack and Evelyn Hennessey
I will miss Jerry very much. We worked together and after retirement we continued to meet. I will miss the meetings we had and the emails we shared. My friend Jerry will be sorely missed. My hope is we will meet again.
McDonald G. Howell
~ McDonald Howell - November 3, 2019
Uncle Jerry’s zest for life, love for his family, his great laugh, and inimitable storytelling style are what I’ll remember -and miss - the most. He was a wonderful uncle and although we disagreed on some matters, he always made me feel loved. I loved him so much and will treasure my memories of him always.
~ Melissa Macdougall - November 3, 2019
The obituary is a beautiful read and wonderful history of an incredible life.
My father was also USAF in Korea, God rest his soul.
I only know Lorna, who I cherish as a beloved friend.
May your entire family know peace and love.
~ Kevin Graham - November 1, 2019
When Jerry told me about driving through the streets of Saigon during the TET Offensive, dodging bullets and bombs, I was sold on his character, loyalty to country, and courage. I did a cover of Johnny River's "Secret Agent Man" and dedicated it to him. He loved it. Thank you, Jerry, for protecting us and keeping us safe from the forces of evil that want to destroy us.
~ Steve Homan - October 31, 2019
I have fond memories of Jerry, he is one of my favorite supervisors in the Agencey. We shared memiores of Saigon And our others experiences. I regret his passing But now he is at Peace. My Sympathies to Jane and the rest of the Family.
~ Shirley A Dowd - October 31, 2019
You will never meet a finer man than Jerry Thompson. The manner in which he performed his every mission was beyond reproach. His calm under pressure was remarkable, and his ability to maintain a cover in high pressure situations was unmatched.
I am proud to have been Jerry's colleague, and even prouder to call him my friend.
My sincere sympathies go out to his family.
~ Covert CIA Agent - October 29, 2019
We were so sorry to hear of Jerry’s passing. He must have been a very talented and special individual, and we know he will be missed by all who knew him and especially by those who knew him best. With love and sympathy, Tina and Ken
~ Tina and Ken Blitch - October 29, 2019
I went through some old photos from a family reunion in Wyoming, and there was Jerry in most of them. Iver and I shared them yesterday and they warmed our hearts. I was the only non Tennesean but Jerry always made me welcome and accepted. Interestingly I am a true
Southener...my mother was born in Asheville and My grandfather
Chase Ambler was one of founders of The Smoky Mountains National Park and felt very strongly about preserving it and Jerry and I would talk about him and the park. So good
memories. I wish Iver and I could join you all but we have a lot going on as you all know. Let us know when and where the service will be Jane....will you sing? I remember your lovely voice. Our hearts and love we send to you. Terry
~ Terry Macdougall - October 28, 2019
While I never had the good pleasure to meet Mr. Thompson, I’ve worked along side his daughter Cameron (Kay) for the past 12 years, and in that time I’ve seen in her a professionalism, dedication, and patriotism (MAGA) that I can only assume came straight from her daddy’s influence and guidance along the way. I’ve also been very proud to share membership with him in a very elite club: The Dad of Four Girls Club! Rest In Peace Mr. Thompson, thank you for your service to this country and to your family! You will be missed!!
~ Bryan San Miguel - October 28, 2019
Jerry was our Base Chief in Kansas City when I was in St. Louis during 1983-87. He was a dedicated professional, a devoted family man and patriot and a good friend who introduced me to the joys of Bryant's Bar-B-Que. Please accept my sincere condolences and hope that God will comfort you at this time. Most Sincerely, Ty Kefauver
~ Webster (Ty) Kefauver - October 28, 2019
Although I only got to know Jerry recently - a dear man with all his lively news clips and lovely pictures - he lives on in his delightful personality in my memory. And so with sadness I send my sincere sympathies to all of Jerry's loved ones and family, at this moment, with deep respect for his most admirable life and accomplishments.
~ Rosemary Buchanan - October 28, 2019
So sorry to hear of Jerry's passing. I grew up on Hadley a few houses up the street from the Thompsons in Old Hick0ry What a great family! Also attended Tennessee Tech with Jerry. He was a great guy and always stayed in touch Will miss him very much and wear the CIA hat he sent me frequently R0n Chancey
~ RON CHANCEY - October 28, 2019
I will always remember Jerry as one of the best neighbors ever! We lived next door for many years and I always said it was like living next door to Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus! So generous and kind. He will be missed. My love to all the family.
~ Sally Guillen - October 28, 2019
I met your dad when I joined the Agency and our paths continued to cross throughout our careers. He was a humble, dedicated, competent professional with integrity, and a great sense of humor. He made those around him better. You have every reason to be proud of him and his life.
~ Rex Latham - October 28, 2019
We were so sorry to hear of Jerry's passing and will miss his e-mails. We do really appreciate your letting us know.
Jerry & I worked together back in the 60's and 70's and have kept in touch ever since. You girls were really little and you couldn't pronounce our name so you called us Mr. & Mrs. Smish,
Our thoughts and prayers are with Jane and the rest of the family.
Bill & Juanita
~ Bill & Juanita Schmitt - October 28, 2019
Jerry has left us knowing his wonderful life and truly we are all blessed having known Jerry. Growing up on Walmer street with Jerry as a next door neighbor was a memorable experience in my life. You could always reach Jerry with a quick conversation and his whit was beyond comparison. I can only imagine what a wonderful husband, father, and grandfather Jerry was. He will always have that special place in all of our hearts and knowing he'll be looking down and watching over us is that special treasure Jerry leaves us all.
~ Ted Nachbar - October 28, 2019
The Thompson’s and Willises
we’re bonded by fellowship and the love of church which really
My heartfelt sorrow for your loss. Larry Willis
~ Larry Willis - October 28, 2019
I was saddened to learn of Jerry’s passing. I know he fought a long and are battle with the dreaded cancer. Jerry and I enjoyed sharing emails back and forth. My brother, Gerald married Nita we almost feel like family. Mary Ann and I will be praying for the family during this very difficult time. May our Lord and Savior sustain you all during this time.
Howell & Mary Ann Purvis
~ Howell Purvis - October 27, 2019
In 1960, Jerry and I taught school together at Antioch Jr. & Sr. High School in Nashville, TN. We became friends and remained in touch through the years, even tho our paths diverged.
Sending sincere sympathy to all his family; I know he was loved and cherished. I will miss his emails - many times filled with such interesting photos and information about past historical events.
Rest gently, Jerry.
~ Carolyn Stalcup - October 27, 2019
Our condolences to all the family, I have such fond memories of the time I was privileged to know him and his family. I will forever have those to think back on. He was a very special man.
Gene and Carol Russell
~ Gene & Carol Russell - October 27, 2019
Jerry embodied the word "friend" in all its best senses. If you needed help of any kind he volunteered it. He gave me a hand up when I was down, and never asked for anything back except the friendship which I was privileged to return. I will miss many and wonderful things about him now that he is gone, but foremost among them will be his rollicking sense of humor intertwined as it was with a keen sense of the place where he was born and grew up. Goodbye, old friend, 'n' don' fergit to chick 'em tars!!
~ Steve Freeman - October 27, 2019
Sad news. Jerry was a true gentleman and a wonderful colleague. His dry sense of humor was exceeded only by his intellectual ability. Jerry was a patriot in the real sense of the term. His contributions to US national security.
~ Paul Ropp - October 27, 2019
I love Uncle Jerry. He is in my heart. He smiled so warmly, listened so well, spoke so kindly and with wit and charm.
Yet he's still with us, with my Aunt Jane and in four wonderful children and THEIR children!
He's with us all.
~ Gordon Macdougall - October 27, 2019
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