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Ex-deputy fought to the end, family says

Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013 6:12 PM
Last updated Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013 1:42 AM
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Former Richmond County sheriff’s Deputy Jeff Thompson was a fighter who battled a rare clotting disorder that shut down his body until he died early Tuesday, his wife said.

Jeff Thompson stands with his wife, Jessica, in 2012.   FILE/STAFF
FILE/STAFF
Jeff Thompson stands with his wife, Jessica, in 2012.

“He didn’t give up – even at the end,” Jessica Thompson said.

Thompson was 46 years old. He also is survived by two daughters, Lauren and Ashlee. He had a 20-year career in law enforcement before the baffling clotting disorder caused a massive stroke while he worked at the jail in 2010. He medically retired from the department a year later.

Thompson consulted experts on his condition but found no real answers. His former colleagues at the sheriff’s office stuck by him and helped the family with fundraisers.

The department will lead a procession at 1:30 p.m. Friday from Thomas L. King Funeral Home, 124 Davis Road in Martinez, to Bellevue Memorial Gardens on Wrightsboro Road for a 2 p.m. graveside service. The viewing will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Thompson was told five times he was about to die, but pulled through each time. Clots accumulated in every major blood vessel feeding his heart, and he had bypass surgery but eventually the clots returned. He went into heart failure and this year was placed on hospice. Just weeks ago, he talked about living long enough to walk his daughters down the aisle at their weddings.

“He was a fighter,” Jessica Thompson said. “He loved his job. He loved his family. He loved his community. He loved to laugh. And he fought.”

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Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 12/18/13 - 06:49 pm
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My deepest condolences to

My deepest condolences to you, Mrs. Thompson and your girls.
May the Lord comfort you.

Gage Creed
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Gage Creed 12/18/13 - 08:12 pm
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RIP Thompson... you will be

RIP Thompson... you will be missed. Condolences to the family.

curly123053
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curly123053 12/18/13 - 09:46 pm
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Sad to Hear !!

My prayers are with the family of Jeff Thompson.

Lee Benedict
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Lee Benedict 12/18/13 - 11:00 pm
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End of Watch

Thank you for 20 years of devoted service. Our prayers for your family.

bubbasauce
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bubbasauce 12/19/13 - 04:02 am
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May God be with your family

May God be with your family in this. Prayers go out to you and so sorry to hear this.

corgimom
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corgimom 12/19/13 - 09:29 am
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So sad, my prayers for his

So sad, my prayers for his family.

Sweet son
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Sweet son 12/19/13 - 11:25 am
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Deputy Thompson is on still on duty!

He is currently on duty in his heavenly home! Once a cop always a cop.

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