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Florence – Funeral service for Rev. William George “Sonny” Thompson will be conducted 12:00 Noon, Tuesday, May 8, 2018 at Strive Hard Educational, Recreational and Enrichment Center of New Ebenezer Baptist Church, 312 Ravenel Street, Florence, SC. Interment will follow in Munn Cemetery, Pamplico directed by Smith Funeral Home of Florence, LLC. 
“Sonny” as he was affectionately called was the son of the late Eugene and Anna Ross Thompson. He was born April 3, 1951. “Sonny” died Wednesday, May 2, 2018.
“Sonny” was a 1969 graduate of Wilson High School. He received an Honorary Doctorate Degree in Choral Singing from Morris College and sung with various Gospel Groups. “Sonny was employed with the United States Postal Service, Smurfit-Stone Container, JBE Manufacturing, Talley Metals and Palmetto Youth Academy until he retired.
Rev. Thompson was the former Pastor of various churches. His last Pastoral calling was Wilson Chapel First Missionary Baptist Church, Kingstree, SC and he served as a member of the Ministerial Staff at New Ebenezer Baptist Church.
“Sonny was joined in holy matrimony to Shirley Hines Wright Thompson on May 4, 2000.
Survivors include his wife, Shirley Thompson; his children, Cassandra Pierce, Corey Thompson, Ronnie (Stacey) Wright, Sparkle (James) Cotton, Sheree Thompson, Chavis Thompson and Keshia Wright; eleven grandchildren; one great-grandchild; two sisters, Jean Ann Zollicoffer and Mary T. Grant; two sisters-in-law; six brothers-in-law; a host of nephews; nieces; other relatives and friends.
The family will receive friends at 3669 Trotwood Dr., Florence. 


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  • Saturday, May 05, 2018
    Our staff will continue to keep your family in our prayers. We thank you for allowing us to serve your family.
    ~ Smith Funeral Home of Florence
  • Sunday, May 06, 2018
    We are saddened to hear about the passing of our cousin, Sonny Thompson. We will continue to pray for the family during this difficult time.
    ~ William Frierson and Katie Frierson   Florence, SC
  • Tuesday, May 08, 2018
    To the my beloved brother and friend, offering my deepest sympathy and condolences to you during your hours of bereavement. We sang in the church choir and other organizations during the days of our youth. Sonny, man you will be missed! I know that you and Tommy Gettis are having a good time catching up on things from the past. Rest well my brother: "You fought a good fight,finished your course and kept the Faith"
    ~ Wellington Wilder   Washington, DC
  • Monday, May 07, 2018
    My condolences to the family in the loss of your dear loved one. There is nothing more painful in life then losing a loved one in death. Our loving God Jehovah understand how you feel because death was not a part of his original purpose for mankind (Genesis 1:28). He provides comfort from his word the Bible to help cope with the loss. Psalm 94:19 says;"When anxieties overwhelmed me. You (God) comforted and soothed me" And the wonderful promise at John 5:25 says; Most truly I say to you, the hour is coming, and the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God (Jesus), and those who have paid attention will live. To learn about this promise, please visit our website: jw.org and view the faith strengthening video; Is There Hope for the Dead?
    ~ R. Sweatman   Decatur, GA
  • Tuesday, May 08, 2018
    To the my beloved brother and friend, offering my deepest sympathy and condolences to you during your hours of bereavement. We sang in the church choir and other organizations during the days of our youth. Sonny, man you will be missed! I know that you and Tommy Gettis are having a good time catching up on things from the past. Rest well my brother: "You fought a good fight,finished your course and kept the Faith"
    ~ Wellington Wilder   Washington, DC
  • Monday, May 07, 2018
    My thoughts and prayers are with the family during your time of bereavement
    ~ Delores Zimmerman   Society Hil, SC
  • Monday, May 07, 2018
    My prayers are with you in this time of bereavement. May God strengthen you and your family. I love you and will keep you lifted in prayer.
    ~ Amanda Byrd   Florence, SC
  • Sunday, May 06, 2018
    I'm so sorry for your loss. Prayers for the family and may God give you the peace needed in your time of sorrow. Continued blessings to the family.
    ~ Thelma Muldrow   Florence, SC
  • Monday, May 14, 2018
    It is with deepest sympathy. We are so sorry to hear of the passing of Sonny. He was a real nice man. May God bless you and give you comfort and peace.
    ~ Ms. Audrey Davis & Dr. Lurma Swinney   Florence, SC
  • Tuesday, May 15, 2018
    We can look forward to the day when there will be no more sickness and death. Revelation 21:4 says: "And he (God) will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry, nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away". Please accept my sincere condolences. Always remember God loves you and he cares for you! (Psalm 36:7; 1 Peter 5:7)
    ~ Rachel Morton
  • Friday, May 25, 2018
    We deeply feel for what you and the family are going through. At times, there isn't much that can soothe the pain this grief brings, but you may find some comfort in the words of Psalms 9:9 which reads: "Jehovah will become a secure refuge for the oppressed, A secure refuge in times of distress." Yes, our Loving God can help if we allow him to (1John 5:14). He also has made the SURE promise of a resurrection right here on earth, when it is restored to a Paradise (Acts 24:15; Psalms 37:9-11,29). No, not just a dream, but for a certainty he will do it, for Isaiah 55:11 shows us that everything he says, he accomplishes without fail. You can find out more online at JW.ORG
    ~ R&R Lopez