John Karmany Thompson

December 12, 1950 - July 4, 2009
John Karmany Thompson

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John K. Thompson, 58 of Polk County, formerly of Hendersonville, died Saturday, July 4, 2009 at the VA Medical Center Hospice in Asheville following a brief battle with cancer. Born in Topeka, Kansas he was the son of Jane McKinney of Hendersonville. His sister Pat Rose also preceded him in death.

A US Army veteran of the Vietnam War, he retired from Vulcan Materials where he had worked for 30 years. He was a member of Mud Creek Baptist Church.

Surviving in addition to his mother is his daughter Kerrie Verstrate and granddaughter Grace Verstrate both of Hendersonville; his uncle and aunt, Frank and Carol Erickson; his nephew Brian Rose; several cousins; and many friends.

A memorial service will be held at 4:00pm on Thursday in the Kirby Memorial Chapel of Shuler Funeral Home. Rev. Jerry Hyder will officiate. The family will receive friends following the service. Military honors will be rendered by the Hubert M. Smith American Legion Post 77, Hedrick-Rhodes Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5206, and Disabled American Veterans Chapter 14.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 120 Executive Park Bldg. 1, Asheville, NC 28801.

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  • July 05, 2009
    shane and cindy says:

  • July 06, 2009
    Linda Stevenson says:
    John,I will miss you and our coffee hour chats each Friday and Saturday morning at The Old Mill. As I had told you in the past you were like the brother I never had. You were truly a wonderful and caring man. May God bless you. Your pain in the butt (which is what you thought)friend. Love, Linda

  • July 07, 2009
    Katie Pcenicni says:
    Dear Family, I only knew John for a short while but will miss him down at The Old Mill. You are in my thoughts and prayers, Katie Pcenicni

  • July 08, 2009
    Kerrie VerStrate says:
    I love you and miss you daddy

  • July 09, 2009
    Cathy Shelton says:
    You gave me the greatest gift of my life...Kerrie. Thank you. I promise you I will always take care of her and Gracie. We will miss you.