Edith Thompson, 84, of Marble died Tuesday, June 25, 2013. She was a native of Macon County, but had lived in Marietta, GA before moving back to Cherokee County in 1972. She was a 1953 graduate of Memorial Mission School of Nursing after which she worked for the Rodda-Van Gorder Clinic in Andrews, NC, which later became District Memorial Hospital, serving as its first Director of Nursing. She worked for Kennestone Hospital while living in Marietta and later returned to District Memorial Hospital to serve again as Director of Nursing until the late 80’s. She then taught at Tri-County Community College for 17 years as Nursing Assistant Instructor. Edith was a member of Vengeance Creek Baptist Church where she was active in the Sunshine Club. Her hobbies included quilting, crocheting, gardening, and playing bingo.
She was the daughter of the late Edd Denny and Maude Willis Lunsford and the wife of the late John C. Thompson, who died November 19, 2006.
Surviving are two daughters, Karen Burchardt and husband, Harry M. of Blairsville, GA and Lisa Long and husband, Jimmy of Young Harris, GA; a son, Mark Thompson of Marble; two sisters, Darlene Kauffman of Andrews and Brenda Hill of Claremont, NC; three brothers, Furman Lunsford of Marble, David Lunsford of Thomasville, NC, and Denver Denny of Andrews; and a granddaughter, Johanna Burchardt.
Funeral services were held at 7:00 PM Friday, June 28 in the Chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Murphy with the Revs. Fred Lunsford and Derrick Palmer officiating. Interment was held at 10:00 AM Saturday, June 29 in Greenlawn Memorial Gardens. Pallbearers were Jeff Ledford, Danny Moore, Mickey Maennle, Bruce Rose, Robert Debty, and Gary Rogers.
The family received friends from 5-6:45 Friday evening at the Ivie Funeral Home, Murphy prior to the services.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made in memory of Edith Thompson to the Andrews VFW Post 7620, PO Box 519, Andrews, NC 28901 or Vengeance Creek Baptist Church, PO Box 253, Marble, NC 28905.
Ivie Funeral Home, Murphy in charge of all arrangements.