James Albert “Jimmy” Thompson was a loving and faith-filled family man. He passed away suddenly at his home on Jan. 4, 2022, at age 61. He leaves behind a tremendous legacy of a life dedicated to the cause and care of helping others.

Jimmy was born in Lexington on Aug. 2, 1960, to James Albert Thompson.

He is survived by his mother Loretta T. (Hartless) Clark, his three siblings, Belinda Martin of Virginia, James Thompson of Florida, and Johnny Newell of Virginia.

He met and married his best friend and the love of his life, Cindy (Smith) in Fairfield on Aug. 21, 1981. Together they had a daughter, Katrina, who married David Phillips, and gave them the blessing of a grandson, Jameson. In recent years, Jimmy especially embraced his role of Paw-Paw to his grandson. He was a caring, committed, Christian man who loved his family and friends unconditionally.

Jimmy worked in sales for over 33 years. He coached girls basketball at Stuarts Draft High School, Ridgeview Christian School, and Mary Baldwin University for a total of 20 years. He served on the Board of Axiom Sports Ministry, and was a former Board member for Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Child-Net.

In addition to working for many charities and ministries, he loved fishing, being outdoors, and spending the weekends on adventures with his beloved wife.

Jimmy exuded humility, kindness, gentleness, generosity, respect, humanity, and insight. What he did for his friends, family, and charity sectors was extraordinary. He achieved all of this with incredible modesty and humor. He always had a smile on his face. He was a prime example of a man after God’s own heart who sought to emulate Jesus on this earth. His faith was deep and evident in all he did and said.

Jimmy touched the lives of so many, and will be remembered by his family as a deeply loving husband, a warm, involved father, a playful, caring grandfather. For others he was a mentor, a brother, a colleague, a coach or a dear brother.

His mark of the lives he touched showed his love for Jesus above all else, and it is certain that will be his greatest legacy as a true and faithful servant of Christ.

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