Doris Thompson

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Doris Rhyne Thompson, 91, of Spruce Pine, died Monday, Aug. 13, 2018, at Blue Ridge Regional Hospital in Spruce Pine.

Born Aug. 30, 1927, in Spruce Pine, she was the daughter of the late Jesse Will Rhyne and Effie Mae Turbyfill Rhyne. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 57 years, Robert (Bob) Dale Thompson Sr.; sisters, Jessie Peterson, Frances Willis, Alice Pittman and Lucille Burleson; and brother, Ronald Rhyne.  

Doris taught second grade in Charlotte, Lincolnton and Spruce Pine for 30 years. She received her Associate Degree from Mars Hill College and Bachelor of Arts degree from Appalachian State Teachers College.  

She was a member of Spruce Pine First Baptist Church where she was active in Sunday School, Elderberries, Vacation Bible School, Women’s Prayer and Bible Study groups, greeter, Bethlehem Marketplace and other church activities. In 1989, she was the first female to be elected to the Spruce Pine Town Council. She also enjoyed being active in the Mitchell County Retired Teachers Association, Red Hat Society, Mitchell County Homemakers and Mitchell County Historical Society. Doris served on the Board of Directors for WAMY, Hospice, Community Fund, Education Foundation and numerous local charities. Her favorite travel experiences included a trip to the Holy Land and visiting all 50 states.  

Left to cherish her memories are her children, Robert Thompson Jr. and wife, Teresa, of Summit, New Jersey, Marsha Whitson and husband, Ronnie, of Spruce Pine, and Gregg Thompson and wife, Nancy, of Raleigh; grandchildren Robert III, José, Grey, Reid and Molly; her brother, Harold Rhyne and wife, Beth; step-grandchildren Amy Moore and husband, Brad; and many special nieces and nephews. 

Visitation was 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 16, at Spruce Pine First Baptist Church. A service celebrating her life was 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 17, also at Spruce Pine First Baptist Church. The service was officiated by Dr. Rocky Branch and Dr. David Vess. Interment followed at the Spruce Pine Memorial Cemetery.  

Instead of flowers, the family requests memorial donations are made to the Doris Rhyne Thompson Scholarship Fund for Elementary Education Majors, Spruce Pine United Methodist Church, 11090 Hwy. 226 South, Spruce Pine, NC 28777, attn. Mr. Tim Drum. 

Words of comfort may be emailed to the family by going to, selecting Doris Thompson’s name and signing her guestbook. Webb Funeral Home in Spruce Pine is assisting the Thompson family.   

The MItchell News

Mailing Address: PO Box 339 
Spruce Pine, NC 28777 
Phone: 828-765-7169
Fax: 828-765-1616