James McCoy “Coy” Thompson, age 97, passed away peacefully in Nashville, Tennessee on March 26, 2023. He was the son of the late Lewis F. Thompson and Alice L. Thompson. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his infant son Gary Thompson; brothers Luther Thompson and Douglas Thompson; sisters Agnes Foster and June Hand; and stepmother Hazel Thompson.
Coy is survived by his loving wife of 45 years, Sadie F. Thompson and they shared a love of family gatherings, visiting with friends and playing cards. They enjoyed many activities together including cooking, beach trips, fishing and supporting the grandchildren’s sporting events. Coy loved and cherished his family: daughter Connie (Roger) Riddle; son Wade (Julie) Thompson; stepsons Benny (Lori) Quinn and Jeff (Cindy) Quinn; stepdaughter Janice (George) Goodwin; sisters Rubel Turnbow; Leavel Burlison, and Billie (Jim) Clayton; brothers Oren (Omi) Thompson and Royce (Beulah) Thompson; 3 grandchildren; 6 step grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren; 6 step great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews. He was loved by many and will be greatly missed.
Coy served his country in the U.S. Army during World War II. Following the war, he graduated from Columbia Business College and was employed by DuPont in Columbia, Tennessee for most of his professional career. He was an active, long-time member of the Hillsboro Church of Christ where he often led singing and participated in worship services. During his adult life, he led singing not only at his home congregations, but also at numerous Gospel Meetings in southern Middle Tennessee. For many years, he was a fixture at the Diana Singing, where he was often asked to lead the opening song.
Coy’s hobbies included golf, vegetable gardening, fishing, and playing the guitar. He enjoyed playing golf with friends and his son Wade and looked forward to the many golf trips with his friends. He was a life-long fan of the Tennessee Vols, and in his later years, he and Sadie were season-ticket holders for Lipscomb University basketball games.
The funeral and burial will be at Harpeth Hills Memory Gardens and Funeral Home, 9090 Highway 100, Nashville, TN 37221, with Randall Pardue of Hillsboro Church of Christ officiating. Visitation with family will be on Saturday, April 1, 2023, from 11:30 am until service time at 1:30 with burial to follow. In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to the Hillsboro Church of Christ Good Samaritan Fund.