CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Francis A. Thompson (Frank) passed into rest on May 17, 2008 at his island home on the Isle of Palms, SC. Frank was born in Macon, GA on September 28, 1930, and lived his younger life in Augusta, GA. Frank and his family have lived in Charlotte since 1973. He is a member of St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church and served as an usher, Eucharistic Minister, and lector. He was active for 25 years with Boy Scout Troop 9 and Pack 9 at St. Patrick Cathedral and served on the Committee for Scouts in the Charlotte Diocese and past Camp Master for the annual Catholic Camporee. He received the Silver Beaver and St. George Award. Frank worked for Cannon Aircraft, Thurston Aviation, and most recently as owner and Director of Operations for Charter Jet Transport, Inc. He retired in February 2007. He attended Mount St Joseph School and Boys Catholic High School in Augusta. Frank graduated from the University of Georgia School of Business. Upon graduation, he received a commission as Lieutenant in the US Air Force through the ROTC program at UGA. He attended the Graduate School of Business at George Washington University. Mr. Thompson achieved rank of Major in the USAF. While serving his country he was assigned to the Air Force Special Weapons Command in Albuquerque, where he met and married his wife, Suzanna Coleman. Frank served as a trans-Atlantic pilot at Charleston AFB and as Base Operations Officer at Thule Air Base in Greenland. While in Thule, Maj Thompson was involved in the recovery and clean- up of the B-52 that crashed with H-bombs on board. Maj Thompson served for 8 years at AFTAC in Washington DC. Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Sue; sons Coleman Thompson (Vanessa) of Mt. Pleasant, SC, Frank Thompson II and Chris Thompson of Charlotte; daughters Margaret Bannerman (Norman B) of Chesapeake, Ann Louise Armstrong (Brian) of the Isle of Palms, and Sarah Harrington (Jim) of Virginia Beach. The Thompson's have eight grandchildren, Greg, Connor, Abigail, Caitlin, Gillian, Ciara, Mary and Berkeley. He is survived by his sister, Hermianne Bush (George), a brother Andrew (Marguerite) Thompson, and many in-laws, nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by infant son, Frank Jr, parents Philip and Mary Thompson of Glenn Avenue in Augusta, brother Phil Thompson and sister, Mary Adelaide Sitler. The funeral Mass will be celebrated 10:30 AM, Thursday, May 22, 2008 at St Vincent de Paul Catholic Church with Father Mark Lawlor officiating. A graveside service will be held 11:00 AM Friday, May 23, 2008 Westover Memorial Park in Augusta, GA . Following the graveside service there will be a reception at 2711 Bellview. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St Vincent Church or the American Cancer Society.
The Augusta Chronicle-May 22, 2008