Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

Obituary Archives

June 14, 2013

Quincy Darrell “Bubbles” Thompson

COAL CITY — Darrell was born in Devil’s Fork (now Stephenson), West Virginia, the son of the late Wesley Thompson and Oka Naomi Meador Thompson. He was preceded in death by his wife of 62 years, Kathleen Thompson, and two sisters, Patricia Lee Thompson Farley and Wilma Ruth Thompson Jones. He was a 1948 graduate of Stoco High School, where he played football and baseball, and earned as associate’s degree from the former Beckley College.

Darrell was postmaster for Coal City for more than 35 years. He served as regional vice president of the National Association of Postmasters and was president of the Raleigh County Association of Postmasters for many years. He was instrumental in organizing the Coal City Volunteer Fire Department, served on the board of directors for Gulf Family Clinic, and worked for the Stoco High School scholarship fund. He eagerly looked forward to the Stoco Communities Reunion each summer, and never tired of working to improve his beloved Coal City area. Before he became postmaster he was a coal miner.

Although he lost his leg in a mining accident when he was 19, Darrell never wasted time in self-pity. He was energetic and outgoing, and usually had a smile on his face and a joke ready to tell. People he met didn’t stay strangers for long. He will be missed by scores of family members, friends, and others whose lives were touched and brightened by Darrell Thompson.

Survivors include two daughters, Kathy Lynn Thompson of Coal City and Leigh Ann Thompson Venable of Sophia; one granddaughter, Rebecca Adrianne Herron Thrift and her husband Thomas of Midlothian, Va.; two great-grandchildren, Canaan Edward Thrift and Kyelin Summers Thrift, also of Midlothian, Va.; sister, Erma Jean Thompson Ayers Allen  of Beckley, and brother-in-law, Eddie Jones of Coal City; brother-and sister-in-law, Edward and Dixie Blankenship of Spanishburg; he also leaves behind 21 nieces and nephews.

In keeping with Darrell’s final wishes, he was cremated,

Memorial services to celebrate the life of Darrell will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 15, 2013 at the Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Chapel in Beckley.  There will be no prior visitation.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Thompson Memorial Scholarship at Independence High School , 800 Independence Road, Coal City WV 25823.

Private online condolences may be written to the family via www.roseandquesenberry.net.

Arrangements with Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, 1901 South Kanawha Street in Beckley.

1
Text Only
Obituary Archives
  • George Pearis Damewood III George Pearis Damewood III

    WARRENTON, Va. — George Pearis Damewood III of Warrenton, VA passed away April 16, 2014 at Sunrise Assisted Living, VA on his 88th birthday.

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • Jerry Van Goforth

    BRUSHFORK — Jerry Van Goforth 70 of Brushfork, WV passed away Thursday, April 17, 2014 at Bluefield Regional Medical Center in Bluefield, WV.

    April 19, 2014

  • Ricky Lane Slade Ricky Lane Slade

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Ricky Lane Slade, age 48, of Charlotte, NC, formerly of Bluefield, VA, passed away in Charlotte on Wednesday, April 16, 2014.

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • Emily Elizabeth “Betty” Barrett Emily Elizabeth “Betty” Barrett

    PRINCETON — Emily Elizabeth “Betty” Barrett, 89, of The Havens, New Hope Road, Princeton, departed from this life early Sunday morning, April 13, 2014 at Serenity Place on the Browns Ridge Road, Lerona.

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • Smith Thomas Carr Smith Thomas Carr

    MONROE, N.C. — Smith Thomas Carr, age 37, of Monroe, NC, formerly of Rocky Gap, VA, died on Wednesday, April 16, 2014 following a tree accident on his job.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Iris O'Quinn McClanahan Iris O'Quinn McClanahan

    ABINGDON, Va. — Iris O'Quinn McClanahan, age 81, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, April 16, 2014, at Grace Health Care.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Norma J. Meadows Norma J. Meadows

    POUNDING MILL, Va. — Norma J. Meadows, age 84, of Pounding Mill, Virginia entered into eternal rest in Abingdon, Virginia on Thursday, April 17, 2014 after an extended illness.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • James (Jimmy) Joseph Groten James (Jimmy) Joseph Groten

    BLUEFIELD, Va. — James (Jimmy) Joseph Groten, age 24, of Bluefield, VA, passed away, April 14, 2014.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Harry Edward Kight Harry Edward Kight

    DEEP CREEK LAKE, Md. — Harry Edward Kight, age 89, of Deep Creek Lake, MD and Severna Park, MD, passed away on April 15, 2014 in Severna Park.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Kenneth Dean Jackson Sr. Kenneth Dean Jackson Sr.

    BLUEFIELD, Va. — Kenneth Dean Jackson, Sr., Bluefield, VA, died on Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo