Celebrating The Life Of Loved Ones

Robert William Thompson

Robert William Thompson, 84, of Albemarle passed away peacefully Sunday, December 8. 2019 in his home. His funeral service will be at 10 AM on Wednesday, December 11, 2019 at the Albemarle Wesleyan Church with Rev. James Valk officiating. Burial will follow in Stanly Gardens of Memory. The family will receive friends on Tuesday evening from 6 until 8 PM at Stanly Funeral and Cremation Care.

Born March 10, 1935 in Albemarle, NC, he was the son of the late William Joseph Thompson and Hattie Hudson Thompson and was a member of the Albemarle Wesleyan Church. He was a veteran of the US Army and a retired employee of the NC DOT with over 35 years of service.

As the parent of two children with special needs, Mr. Thompson helped establish Group Homes for the Autistic (Now GHA Austism Supports). He was instrumental in the establishment of this organization that has provided quality services for individuals with Autism for over forty-one years due. He served for twenty-seven years as Chairman of the Board and forty-one years on the GHA Board of Directors and was an Honorary Lifetime Member.

Mr. Thompson is survived by children Tammie R. Hudson (Allan) of Albemarle, Eric William Thompson of Albemarle, and Nancy Lynette Thompson of Albemarle, four grandchildren Benjamin Rabon (Tracy) of Faith, Amista Heinrich (Joe) of Mt. Gilead, Brandon Rabon of Albemarle, and Kayla Hudson of Albemarle, and 6 grandchildren Elias Heinrich, Owen Rabon, Linus Rabon, Felicity Fraley, Maddox Purvis, and Asher Collier.

The family wishes to express special thanks to Leah Wagner, Reita Morton, Debbie Drye, Sarah Lawhon, Misty Corl, Vickie Drye, Dawn Morton, Kieoke Poplin, Tina Whitaker and Nita Starnes for their compassionate and loving care of Mr. Thompson.


  • Carolyn Laudati Posted December 9, 2019 2:06 pm

    Tammie, you and Ben, Amista, Brandon, and Kayla, will be in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time and the coming days. I am so very sorry for your loss,and during the holidays it makes your loss even more heartbreaking……

  • Eric M Johnsen, MD Posted December 10, 2019 2:00 pm

    I had the privilege to be Mr Thompson’s Physician for over 35 years. He was a remaqrkable gentleman in every way. He was very dedicated in caring for Joyce when her health deteriorated. Although he was burdened with many medical problems, he was always eager to try new approaches to dealing with these. A fine gentleman.

  • Sandy Russell Pruette Posted December 11, 2019 9:40 pm

    Tammie, I have just read of your Dads passing. My prayers are with you and your family. “Uncle Robert” was a sweet caring man. I will always remember him fondly.

  • Respirator Mask Posted April 4, 2020 4:29 pm

    Wonderful article and I appreciate your work.

    Best regards,
    Lunding Duke

Comments are closed.

Stanly overwhelmingly met or exceeded our family’s expectations. Family and friends both expressed how thoughtful, caring and professional they were. We’re glad you’re in Locust!


We never felt hurried or rushed in any way even though they had other funerals that day.  Everyone at Stanly Funeral Home made us feel like we were family and did everything they could for us in this most trying time in our lives.


Everyone went out of their way to make sure that every detail was good with me.  Their kindness, patience and love they show is superior.  Stephen Aldridge and his ENTIRE staff are the best.


The whole staff was wonderful but Stephen Aldridge was excellent, even sending us a note one month later.