Mr. Ricky Thompson, 68, of 4488 George Bridge Road, Sharon, went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, March 21, 2023 at Magnolia Manor Rehabilitation Center in Spartanburg, SC.
Funeral services will be 2:00 pm, Sunday, March 26, 2023 at Mount Hopewell Baptist Church in Sharon, SC with Rev. Daemon Moss officiating. Burial will follow at Wilson Chapel AME Zion Church Cemetery in Sharon, SC. The family will receive friends from 5:00 to 7:00 pm, Saturday, March 25, 2023 at the funeral home.
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself. All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” Matthew 22: 37-39
Mr. Ricky Thompson, 68, 4488 George Bridge, Rd., Sharon, SC 29742 was born August 26, 1954. He was reared by his grandmother, the late Elvira Thompson. He is preceded in death by his mother and stepfather; Margaret Thompson Beatty and Steve Beatty; father, John D. Wade; siblings, Clary Thompson and Sadie Thompson Blackwell; in-laws, Samuel Easter Sr. and Eliza McKnight Easter.
Ricky was a servant and helper that would certainly lend a needed hand whenever he could. He loved people and held a very special place in his heart for children. Ricky loved motorcycles, classic cars, fishing, spending time with his children and grandchildren, and a lover of all things Toyota!
Ricky joined Mount Hopewell Baptist Church at an early age, where he served on the pastoral search committee, men’s mission ministry, and was an honorary member of the trustee board. He later became a faithful member of Wilson Chapel A.M.E. Zion church, where he served as a trustee, usher, and servant to the church body.
Ricky was a 1973 Chester High School graduate. He later met the love of his life, Pinkey Easter Thompson, at the Chester County fair after being blindly introduced by one of his friends. They wed a year and a half after meeting and were married for 46 years! Ricky was employed by IGM Resins USA, Inc. for 34 years, where he was a supervisor; retiring in 2016.
Ricky is survived by his wife of 46 years, Pinkey Easter Thompson; daughter, Antigone Easter, and son Kardias Johnson. Grandchildren: Antiony Frederick, Elay’ja Frederick, Emmanuel Watts, Adriel Johnson, and Kaizleigh Johnson. Great-grandchildren, E’laya Wright and Maxwell McClurkin. Brothers, Mark Beatty (Angie) and Emanuel Beatty. Aunts Sarah Lucille Easter, Virginia Ball, Rev. Christine McCoy, and Dorothy Bryant, and an uncle; George McKnight. Close cousins: Henry Wilkes (Linda), Dennis Wilkes (Rosa), Charles Wilkes (Connie), Pat Dubose (Charlie), Lelia Dixon (Robert), Vivian Burk (Carl), Shantee Tiller (James), and Aileen Smith (Gus). Sister-in-law, Mary Bennett; brothers-in-law, Samuel Easter, Jessie Easter, and Ulysses Easter (Kathy). Best friends and fishing buddies; Rev. Dennis McCleave, Bell McCleave, and Rev. Norris Long. Other close friends: David McCluney, Arthur Gwinn, Robert Lindsay, Paul McCoy, Traye Jones, and Rev. Marion Jones. A host of nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and loved ones are abound; far too many to name, but one thing is for certain, he loved you all and could call each of you by name.
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