Deacon Douglas Hampton Thompson was born on December 19, 1953, in Columbia, South Carolina. He was the son of the late Deacon Raymond and Vernell Ishmael Thompson. He was affectionately known as, ‘‘Daddy”, “Doug”, “Uncle Doug”, “Uncle D” and “Nassau”. He was called from labor to rest on Friday, April 30, 2021 at Mount Sinai Hospital in Oceanside, New York.
“Nassau” graduated from C.A. Johnson High School in 1971. He went on to receive his Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education with a minor in Biological Science from South Carolina State University in Orangeburg, South Carolina (c/o ’76). In addition to being a member of the Physical Education club and the NAACP, he was one of the founding members of Groove Phi Groove Social Fellowship, Inc.
After graduation, “Doug” accepted his first job at Alcorn Middle School in Columbia, South Carolina as a Physical Education Teacher. Being a man of many talents, he decided to explore entrepreneurship, following in the footsteps of his father who trained and groomed him for the operation and ownership of several service stations and auto repair shops. He took those skills to New York, where he began to introduce these same skill sets and values to youth and young men. “Doug” served at several facilities that provided treatment and care for individuals who had been affected by mental, emotional, and physical abuse. He was the Assistant Director at St. Mary’s Children and Family Services in Queens, N.Y, and Mercy First in Syosset, N.Y. where he often went above and beyond his call of duty. After retirement, he was employed by Walmart Super Center, where he worked hard and was loved by his team. “Doug” was dedicated and brought energy, laughter, and words of wisdom that left an impression on everyone he came in contact with.
Ambassador for Christ:
Deacon Thompson’s faith was nurtured early on in the home and at the Ridgewood Missionary Baptist Church. As a man of faith, he always gave a positive outlook on life regardless of the circumstances. This reflected in one of his favorite expressions - “Trust God, and always remember God’s Got You”. Deacon Thompson was ordained as a deacon at Faith Fellowship in Long Island, N.Y. under the leadership of Pastor David Walker.
“Daddy”,” “Uncle Doug”, “Uncle D”, “Doug” was BIG on ‘’family”. He stressed the importance of love, having each other’s backs, forgiving, and TAKING TIME TO LAUGH! Who we were as a family and what God expected from you was often echoed. When we gathered, he was always the LIFE of the party, his energy, infectious laugh, love and joking spirit was sure to bring a smile to your face. It was hard to be sad in his presence. His wisdom, firmness, love, and smile will FOREVER be imprinted in our hearts.
Deacon Thompson was preceded in death by his parents, Deacon Raymond and Vernell Thompson, and a grandson Hikeem “Kemi” Davis.
Legacy of Love:
Deacon Douglas Thompson leaves to cherish his legacy: his wife JoAnne Thompson; four daughters, Tarra (Brent) McRavin, Chaka (Frederick, Jr.)Garrick, Tamara Taylor, and Nivia Green all of Columbia, SC; two sons Amir (Shaelicia) Holmes of Atlanta, Georgia and Brian Kur of Long Island, NY; two sisters, Vivian T. (William) Coaxum, and Helen L. (late Roscoe) Dow both of Columbia, SC; two brothers, Reverend Marshall (Lucy) Thompson, of Laplata, MD and Bobby Thompson of Columbia, SC; one aunt, Annie Mae Ishmael (late Charles) Jamison, of North, SC; twelve grandchildren; sister in law, Dorothy Moore of Freeport, NY; his mentor, Pastor Eric Linsley whom was instrumental in helping “Doug” understand the why’s in his life and find his purpose; and host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other loving relatives and friends.
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