‘An example to follow’
SPRUCE PINE – Friends, family and loved ones of the late, beloved Doris Thompson packed Spruce Pine First Baptist Church Friday, Aug. 17, for her memorial service.
Thompson, an active member of the Mitchell County community and longtime teacher, died Monday, Aug. 13, but left behind plenty of fond memories on which those who knew her could reflect.
After opening the service with the singing of a hymn and prayer, Spruce Pine First Baptist Church Pastor Rocky Branch greeted the attendees.
“There are very few honors in life you can give someone that is greater than your time,” he said. “You’ve taken your time to be here today and have honored Ms. Doris and her family as much as you can.”
Pastor David Bess spoke next and reflected on Thompson’s infectious, positive personality.
“She was this unique lady whose influence is still a part of us,” Bess said. “She was always positive, energetic and encouraging.”
Thompson would frequently make her way around the county, passing out mints, laminated keepsakes as well as supplying small, fresh flower arrangements, always sparing time for a kind word and a hug.
“The lamination and peppermint department at Walmart are going to see a serious decline,” Bess said smiling. “I can’t eat a mint without thinking of how many times I got a hug and a mint from Doris Thompson just like you.”
Bess added Thompson was very committed to her church. She served in many capacities at Spruce Pine First Baptist including being a greeter and a teacher.
“She was such a wonderful, wonderful lady,” Bess said. “She was such a blessing to his county and to this community.”