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Official Obituary of

Clarence Edward Thompson

February 14, 2024

Clarence Thompson Obituary

Clarence was born to Robert and Dorothy Thompson on February 4, 1961. He was their fourteenth child and eighth son. He became brother to seventeen sisters and brothers. Clarence grew to become the people’s man. He believed that everyone had the will and power to stand up for what they believed. And that everyone owned the right to make decisions for themselves as long as no was hurt. He would often hold up one clinched fist and proclaim, “Power to the people!”  As a man who believed in keeping things cool and smooth, he would say, “I come in peace.”  

He was educated in the Westmoreland County, Virginia Public School System.

Clarence joined Salem Baptist Church later in life and accepted Jesus Christ as his Savior under the leadership of the late Reverend William Curry. Later, he became the Men’s Head Usher. Clarence loved his service to the Lord. He walked the floors of Salem Church with aching feet but, a happy thankful heart. He followed in the footsteps of the Psalmist in Psalm 84:10, “For a day in Thy courts is better than a thousand: I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of the Lord than to dwell in the tents of the wicked.”

Clarence had the heart of an usher, the heart of a servant who does his work for Jesus. As an usher, Clarence had true love for the people, greeting them with love, and welcoming them with respect and kindness. He was dedicated to ensuring an atmosphere of peace, reverence, and worship in the house of God.  When he looked across the church, he was proud of the team of ushers. They served together.  Due to his failing health, he reluctantly let go of the responsibility, but never his love of service. While life had its challenges Clarence never let go of his faith.

Clarence moved to Washington, D.C. and after that worked at several jobs, he gained skills as an auto body man employed by his brother, Robert. He and his brother Bernard worked together at Corman Construction Company.  Later, he ventured into the seafood industry. For many years he managed his brother Samuel’s seafood business until he stepped out on his own as the owner of, “Thompson’s Seafood.” In his seafood business he showed care and respect for his customers; always trying to deliver his best to people.

His brothers and sisters knew the joy he felt when he was gifted with the birth of his son, Clarence Edward Thompson, Jr. (Little Clarence).  While Little Clarence was his only son, Clarence also had a heart filled with love and tenderness for his many nieces and nephews.  He was not one to judge, but was a voice of encouragement, shouting out at their school games and celebrating with them, just because.  
 
Among the cloud of witnesses who preceded him in death are his mother, Dorothy C. Thompson and his father, Robert G. Thompson; brothers: Samuel, Walter, Moses and James, Sisters; Gladys Lockhart and Shirley Nelson.

Left to mourn him in passing is his stepmother, Florine Thompson; brothers: Robert Redmond, Reverend Bernard (Renee), Thomas, and John; sisters: Alice, Brenda “One love” Lucas, Minister Debbie, Patricia West, Apostle Shelia, Catherine Fulcher, and Apostle Etta “Ehemiah” Pierce; A host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. Also left to celebrate his life is a special friend and supporter, Barbara Peyton.  

On February 14, perhaps, the Master Usher, Jesus Christ, stood at heaven’s doorway, walked with him and said, “Come on in Brother Clarence sit down and rest awhile.” 

A Funeral Service for Clarence Edward Thompson will be held on Saturday, February 24 at 2PM in the sanctuary of the Salem Baptist Church, 1310 Erica Road, Montross, Virginia.

Interment will follow in the Salem Baptist Church Cemetery.

Remains may be viewed on Friday, February 23 from 4PM until 6PM at Salem Baptist Church and from 12 Noon until service time on Saturday at Salem Baptist Church.

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Services

Viewing
Friday
February 23, 2024

4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Salem Baptist Church
1310 Erica Road
Montross, VA 22520

Viewing
Saturday
February 24, 2024

12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Salem Baptist Church
1310 Erica Road
Montross, VA 22520

Funeral Service
Saturday
February 24, 2024

2:00 PM
Salem Baptist Church
1310 Erica Road
Montross, VA 22520

Interment following funeral service
Saturday
February 24, 2024

Salem Baptist Church
1310 Erica Road
Montross, VA 22520

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