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Obituary: Charles Timothy “Tim” Thompson – Men’s Basketball 1957-61 – Sept. 20, 2020

March 15, 1939 – September 20, 2020

Charles Timothy Thompson


Our beloved C. Timothy Thompson “T2S”, born March 15, 1939, left this life, surrounded by his loving family, Sunday, September 20, 2020, at the age of 81.
Born March 15, 1939, he was the son of the late Russell Riter and Mary Ella Moore Thompson. Tim graduated from Lafayette High School in Lexington, Kentucky and went on to receive a basketball scholarship at University of Southwestern Louisiana now the University of Louisiana at Lafayette) in Lafayette, Louisiana. Though his routes were in Central Kentucky, during his brief Louisiana branching out, he met his wife, Judith Ann Rivers Thompson, whom he loved and cherished for 59 years. Together with their four children, they built a family centered around faith, independence, perfectionism and love.

A starter on the Lafayette High School 1957 basketball state championship team, Tim was a lifelong learner. He achieved the rank of Eagle Scout as a boy and went on to hold advanced degrees in civil engineering and architecture. He worked as a land surveyor alongside his son and partner Trent in Versailles for more than thirty years. He was a dedicated member of his community, the Versailles United Methodist Church, skilled craftsman, man of routine, avid UK basketball fan, and jokester. A collector, a finder, artifact hunter, and a keeper of things, Tim accumulated cars, Indian rocks, baseball cards, and every note ever addressed to him. He enjoyed working with his hands building houses, constructing rock walls, working his land, and helping others. Any sunny Saturday after a fresh early spring rain, you could guarantee to find him walking the rows of a newly plowed field searching for arrowheads, as his father did before him. His most recent collection, love, and joy are the blessing of his grandchildren: Tess, Jack, Jay Thomas, Stella, Jude, and Clay – who call him T-Pa.

His example, easy to follow but steps large to fill, with a size 13 shoe and height to match, his stature was as hard to miss as was his kind, generous, and quiet authority. He was the family rock with few words and mighty actions, providing unwavering support to each of his favorite children and their families: Traci (Chris), Trent (Donna), Trista (Jason), and Tiffany (Alex), and six grandchildren. He always reminded us, “we will meet again where all the fields are freshly plowed and fully washed.” We love you Tim, T-Square, T-Pa, Daddy.

Tim is also survived by his sister Deborah Ann Thompson of Versailles. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by sisters Tamara Bryant and Elizabeth Diane Canfield, and brothers Thomas Moore Thompson and Joseph Terrell Thompson.

In lieu of flowers and in honor of Tim, memorial contributions can be made to the Versailles United Methodist Church or to the Woodford Parks Foundation details below. Funds to the Park Foundation (501c3) would benefit plans to place a "Peace Bench" in Big Spring Park where community members could sit and share words to resolve conflicts, sit alone and think, or to simply have a nice alfresco lunch with a friend downtown. Funds to the church would jumpstart a path around the church property for spiritual meditation, observation of God’s creation or a simple peaceful walk.

Woodford Parks Foundation
Tim Thompson Memorial Fund
c/o Richard Pictor
275 Beasley Dr.
Versailles, KY 40383

Please include Tim Thompson memorial in the memo line of check.

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Click here for the obituary and the Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home.

Athletic Network Footnote by Dr. Ed Dugas (athleticnetwork@louisiana.edu),  lifelong fan of Tim’s and suite mates in the Summer 1960 in Dr. Sam Foreman’s house (for his parents), along with his roommate Howard Humphreys and my roommate Charles "Mike" Wallace.

Click here for Tim’s Athletic Network profile.

Click here for the photo gallery of the 1960-61 Men’s Basketball team.

Click here for the photo gallery of the 1961 "S" Club.

Tim was in attendance at the Men’s Basketball Reunions. To view those, please click www.athleticnetwork.net – Ragin’ Cajuns Reunions and Special Events  (Banner on right side of the news box) – scroll down for those events and click on the headlines – each of these have photo galleries, some rather extensive where they had to be divided into sections.

Please click here for when the Spotlight of Former Athlete was on Tim in Jan., 2009. It includes family information and photos beyond his four outstanding years as a leader of the Men’s Basketball team.