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John Briscoe Thompson, 93, of Hollywood died Feb. 20, 2013, at St. Mary’s Nursing Center in Leonardtown.
A beloved husband, father and brother, he was a lifelong resident of Hollywood. The son of Briscoe and Daisy Jones Thompson, he was one of 11 children. He was preceded in death by four brothers, Roscoe, Jones, Latelle and Lamen; and four sisters, Isabell Neilson, Mavis Sweeney, Daisy Pegg and Ruth Joy. He is survived by two sisters, Naomi Fowler of Wheelersburg, Ohio, and Juanita Modlin of California.
In 1948, he married Erma Elizabeth Joy, also of Hollywood. They would have celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary next month. They had three children, John David Thompson (who died in 2009), Brenda Thompson Bond (Paul Henkelman) and Virginia Thompson Lacey (Donald). He had two grandchildren, Victoria Lee Cantrell (Doug) and Broderick Scott Bond (Lisa Vowles), and three great grandchildren, Casey and Gillian Bacon and Beckett William Bond.
He attended Great Mills High School. He worked at the Naval Ordinance Station in Indian Head until he entered the Army in 1943. He was in the Corps of Engineers in the European theater of operations during World War II. He fought in many battles throughout Europe, including the D-Day battles at Normandy Beach, France, and the Battle of the Bulge.
After his honorable discharge, he worked at the Patuxent River Naval Air Station until he retired after a 32-year career.
The family will receive friends Sunday, Feb. 24, from 3 to 6 p.m. at Brinsfield Funeral Home in Leonardtown, where a service will be conducted by the Rev. Sheldon Reese at 4 p.m. Interment will be private.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Hollywood Volunteer Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 79, Hollywood, MD 20636.