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Ronald “RW” Thompson
Ronald “RW” Thompson
October 6, 2012 1:20 PM CDT

In memoriam: Ronald Thompson

February 4, 1944 - September 27, 2012


Ronald “RW” Thompson, 68, of Blacksburg, died peacefully after a short diagnosis of Leukemia on Thursday, September 27, 2012, “I’m going home, I’m going home, no pain, no tears.”

He was born in Salem on February 4, 1944, the first child to the late Warren W. Thompson and Nancy Parris Noble. Ronnie has been a resident of Blacksburg since 1996, where he built his home at Blacksburg Country Club. He loved his home and BCC. He built his own company 44 years ago, Thompson Masonry, which he owned and operated until his death. In addition to his legacy, RW was an avid Virginia Tech sports fan. He loved playing golf with his honey or “the gang” at BCC. He also loved snowmobiling, hockey and traveling, but mostly spending his time with family and friends. An awe-inspiring friend, Ronnie found greatness in everyone he met. Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by his former wives, Sandra Downs Thompson and Gloria Jean Thompson, and a grandson, Sean Thompson.

He is survived by his loving wife, “Honey I Love You” Sharon Keith Thompson; his precious baby girl, Lexie; four sons, Butch Thompson, Eric Crowder, Shane Thompson and his wife Angie, and Joey Jones and his wife Amber; two daughters, Cindy Milligan and her husband Woody, and Stacy Jones; a brother, Mike Thompson and his wife Barbara; two sisters, Kaye Simpson and her fiancé Floyd Critcher, and Judy Christley and her husband Danny; four granddaughters, Alyssa, Katie, Madelin and Molly, as well as an abundance of nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services were held Monday, October 1, 2012 at the Chapel of John M. Oakey & Son Funeral Home, Salem. The family requests no flowers, but instead encourage memorial contributions be made in Ronnie’s name to the donor’s favorite charity.

An online guest book is available for family and friends by visiting

About the Author

Lynn Nash is the Executive Vice President for the North Carolina Masonry Contractors Association.


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