James Wilkinson Thompson, III, age 76, passed away peacefully on March 4, 2021, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He was born on October 10, 1944, in Fort Rucker, Alabama to Clara Barney Robinson Thompson and James Wilkinson Thompson, Jr. He was a beloved husband and friend, father and stepfather, and grandfather. He loved to share his stories and his love of nature and wildlife, including birds and fishing. His unwavering patriotism and love of country was always evident. Influenced by his father, an Air Force Colonel, he shared a love of aviation. Jim had a knack for lengthy storytelling about his passion for aircraft and fishing and a dry wit that provided endless laughter. His generosity and dedication to his family were steadfast.
Jim spent his early years moving with his military family around the United States and in Germany, and lived the last 50 + years in South Florida. Jim and his wife, Jeanette, loved to travel and adventure to many exotic places. Some of their favorite memories include the Galapagos, Ecuador, Panama, Wyoming and Idaho, but his favorite stories were from their many adventures fishing for tarpon and bonefish in Islamorada.
Jim is survived by his wife, Jeanette; his daughter, Leigh and son-in-law Jay, and their children, Evelyn and Warner; stepson, Glenn and wife Jessica, and their children, Sarah and Kayla; stepdaughter, Lori and husband Zach, and their children, Jordan and Logan, and many dear friends and extended family members. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society via this personal fundraising/memorial page.