William Shawn Thompson, 36, born Oct. 10, 1980, died Sunday, June 4, 2017 at Columbus Regional Healthcare in Whiteville. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Horace and Ada Thompson and Bailey Blackburn.
He was a disabled veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard; Shawn was stationed on the Coast Guard Cutter Diligence; which was at port in New York Harbor on the day of the Sept. 11, 2001 attack on the World Trade Center. He, along with crew members, witnessed and assisted in the rescue of victims of the attack. Shawn was a graduate of West Columbus High School and Southeastern Community College.
The family will receive friends from 7-9 p.m. Thursday, June 8 at Worthington Funeral Home in Chadbourn. Final rites will be held at 3 p.m. Friday, June 9 at the funeral home with Pastors Denise Clewis and Linda Leak officiating. Interment will be in the Flynn Cemetery in Whiteville.
He is survived by his mother, Sandra Jones Thompson of the home; his father, Kelly Thompson of Chadbourn; his maternal grandmother, Frances Blackburn of Chadbourn; God grandson of Rodney “Sonny” and Jean W. Hammond of Cerro Gordo; siblings, Mahaleyann Jones and Samuel Hewett, both of Chadbourn. He was the nephew of Carl Jones of Georgia, Joel (Lucy) Jones and Ann (Frank) Becker, both of Whiteville, Aunt Janice Creech of Florida; and first cousin/special friends, Alan (Irene) Walters.