Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN


June 18, 2013

William Thompson

CROSSVILLE — Jan. 17, 1938—June 16, 2013

Mr. William E. (Bill) Thompson passed away June 16, 2013, at home in Rockwood. The family received friends Tuesday, June 18, from 4 to 7 p.m. EDT at Evans Mortuary, with funeral service following at 7 p.m. President Charles Watkins officiated. Concluding and interment services will be today, June 18, at Roane Memorial Gardens at 10 a.m.

He was born Jan. 17, 1938, in Pleasant Hill, to Carl A. and Ola Dell Scarbrough Thompson, the first of four children. He graduated from Pleasant Hill High School, Tennessee Technological University with a B.S. degree, Middle Tennessee State University with a M.S. degree plus 45 hours. He taught school in Florida at Orla Vista Elementary School where he met his wife, Pat. They married in 1962 and returned to Crossville where he taught and coached football and boys and girls basketball, going the next year to Cumberland County High School where he coached the b-team football and girls’ basketball.

Cleveland High School was his next stop where he coached girls’ basketball and assisted in baseball and football. His final move was to Rockwood, where he coached boys’ basketball for 23 years, compiling an impressive win/loss record, being named All-Tri-State coach of the year twice and TSSAA-AA Coach of the Year in 1990. During this time, he was the principal of Rockwood Middle School and continued in that capacity until his retirement in December 2011. During these last years, he became a Rockwood city councilman, a position he was holding at the time of his death. He enjoyed and appreciated the opportunity to serve the city in this capacity. Coach Thompson, as he was often called, was very touched and honored when the Rockwood Middle School gymnasium, where he coached his high school basketball games, was named The Coach Bill Thompson Gymnasium. He was also named a Roane County Treasure in November 2011. Furthermore, he was a member of Rockwood Civitan Club.

All of these honors and activities took second place to his family. The family held the dearest place in his heart. Having his children and grandchildren around him, vacationing with them and attending their activities was most important to him. He will be greatly missed by his wife and best friend, Pat; his sons, Guy (Robin) Thompson, Craig (Jennifer) Thompson; his daughter, Traci (Jerry) Mioduski; his nine grandchildren, Taylor Mioduski, Alex Bowman, Cheyenne Thompson, Dakota Thompson, Andrew Thompson, Madison Mioduski, Riley Thompson, Shasta Thompson and Carson Thompson; his sisters, Mary (Chip) Whiting of Orlando, FL, and Barbara (George) O’Reilly of Huntsville, AL; his brother, Jim (Linda) Thompson of Crossville; his nieces, nephews and their children, Anella (Lon) Brolliar, Emma, Sarah Grace and Holden, all of Huntsville, AL, Blaine (Rynne) O’Reilly, George and Peter, all of Huntsville, AL, Wendy (Jason) Pitts, Savannah and Logan, all of Orlando, FL, Brandi (Louis) Gonzales, Raven and Rowan, all of Orlando, FL, Virgil (Jennifer) Thompson and Landon, both of Crossville, Ray E. (Sonny) Aitken of Kanosh, UT, Yuri (Sarah) Aitken, Mark, Alexis and Ian, all of Ft. Myers, FL, Valinka (Gerald) Levitt, Aiden and Ty, all of Utah, Trevor (Angela) Aitken, Kimber and Ashton, all of Wyoming; Kim (Gayla) Aitken, Chantel, Nicole, Jennifer and John, all of Cardston, Alberta, Canada, Michael Atiken of Salt Lake City, UT, and Scott (Phylis) Aitken, Amanda and Carol, all of Salt Lake City, UT. The family would like to thank Dr. Mitchell Martin, the competent and caring nurses at Tennessee Cancer Specialists, and Dr. Angela Meadows for their compassion, encouragement and help.

Bill faithfully attended the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. A scripture that epitomizes him is found in 2 Timothy 4:7. “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith.”

Evans Mortuary of Rockwood is serving the Family of Mr. William E. (Bill) Thompson. An online register is available at

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