Marie Wright Thompson

September 17, 2013

Marie Wright Thompson, age 80, passed away, Sunday, September 15, 2013 at her residence.

Born July 7, 1933 in LaGrange, Georgia, she was the daughter of the late Grover Cleveland Wright, Sr., and the late Annie Mae Bean Wright.

She was a 1955 graduate of LaGrange College with a Bachelor of Arts degree. She was a former elementary school teacher and homemaker. Marie was a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Newton, NC where she faithfully served as the Pastor’s wife for 35 years.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sister, Mildred W. Harwell, and brothers, Grover Cleveland Wright, Jr., Hugh Wright, and Paul Wright.

Left to cherish her memory are her loving husband of 58 years, Rev. Fred E. Thompson; sons, Phillip Thompson and wife, Marcia of Sioux Falls, SD, Lee Thompson of Wilmington, NC; sister, Martha Anne Greene and husband, Owen, of Dalton, GA, grandchildren, Nathanael Thompson, Andrew Thompson, and Matthew Thompson, all of Sioux Falls, SD.

A Service of Remembrance for Marie will be held at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, September 18, 2013, at Grace Reformed United Church of Christ, in Newton, with Revs. Ryan Brakemeyer, Ed Yarbrough, and Paul Birkedal officiating. Burial will follow in Eastview Cemetery in Newton, NC.

The family will greet friends following the service at the graveside.

In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully request that memorials be made to Doctors Without Borders, P.O. Box 5030, Hagerstown, MD 21741, or UNICEF Children’s Fund, 125 Maiden Lane, New York, NY 10038, or Sipe’s Orchard Home, 4431 County Home Road, Conover, NC 28613.

Condolences may be sent to the Thompson family at

The Thompson family has entrusted the funeral arrangements to Willis-Reynolds Funeral Home & Cremations in Newton.