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William Kilgore Thompson
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William Kilgore Thompson, Jr. (Bill), 94, went home to be with the Lord on September 9, 2016, at Eden Terrace.  His wife of 70 years, Mary Milling Lorick Thompson, was steadfastly by his side as always. This loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, son, and cousin will be greatly missed by all those who knew and loved him. Born in Camden, SC on December 11, 1921, to William Kilgore and Pauline Anderson Thompson, he graduated from Pauline High School and went on to Wofford College.  Upon graduation from Wofford, Mr. Thompson went immediately into the army and was sent overseas with the 3rd army.  He served as motor officer and later Regiment Maintenance Officer for Service Company, 76th Infantry Division, 1st Battalion, 417th Regiment.  Mr. Thompson returned from the war in 1946, and married his sweetheart who wrote him a letter everyday he was away.  Upon discharge from the army later that year, he enrolled at the University of South Carolina, to complete his engineering degree.  After completing this degree, Mr. Thompson earned his master’s degree in civil engineering at Georgia Tech and took a job with the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers in Savannah, GA, where he worked for the next 30 years.  He retired with many honors including the Department of the Army Decoration for Meritorious Civilian Service.  He remained active in the Army Reserves, retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel after 30 years of service to his country.  In 1992, he moved with his wife to Spartanburg, SC to be near their two children and four grandchildren.  He was an elder in the Presbyterian Church USA for over 40 years, an active builder with Habitat for Humanity, and a former Mobile Meals volunteer. He was an avid wood worker, gardener, and reader.    Bill is survived by his beloved wife, Mary, and his two daughters, Mary Lorick Thompson of Spartanburg and Martha Thompson Bean (Budge) of Spartanburg. He is also survived by his four grandchildren: Howard Carlisle Bean, III of Spartanburg, SC; William Kilgore Thompson Bean (Jayme) of Orlando, FL; Mary Caroline Lorick Bean of Spartanburg, SC; and Martha Elizabeth Evert Bean of Yosemite, CA, and his great-grandson, Hudson Daniel Green of Lakeland, FL.  He is also survived by one sister, Pauline Thompson Allison of Clinton, SC. He was predeceased by his parents and his sister, Christine Thompson Alexander. A funeral and graveside service with full military honors will be held on Saturday, September 17, 2016, at 2:00 pm at Liberty Hill Presbyterian Church in Liberty Hill, SC. A reception will follow in the church social hall. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church, 393 E. Main St., Spartanburg, SC. Kornegay Funeral Home, Camden Chapel, is in charge of the arrangements.Online condolences may be sent to the Thompson family by visiting