Billie "Bill" Thompson

January 19, 1941 ~ June 9, 2021 (age 80)


Billie “Bill” Thompson, 80, of South Shore, KY passed away Tuesday, June 9, 2021 following a brief illness. He was born on January 19, 1941 on Joel’s Branch in Wayne County, WV to the late Don and Christabell Thompson. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his brother, Jack, and sister, Donna Sue.


Bill is survived by the love of his life of 60 years, Bea Thompson; one daughter, Tammy Thompson of Athens, OH; one son, Greg Thompson of Lloyd, KY; five grandchildren, Aaron (Brittany) Thompson, Andrew (Kristin) Thompson, Katie Thompson, Dessa Thompson-Kelleher, and Cedar Thompson-Kelleher; his beloved dog, Sam, two brothers; one sister; and a number of brother-in-laws and sister-in-laws.


A 1959 graduate of Wayne High School. He worked for the Norfolk Southern Railroad for 40 years and retired as a Conductor in 2001. 


He lived for the railroad. It’s most of who he was for most of his life. He appreciated cars, animals, sports, food, and words. His work ethic was impeccable. His determination impressive. He felt strongly that his opinion needed to be heard by those around him. He shared bits of wisdom like “Never marry anyone prettier than you, it’ll make your life hard.”

Most of all he loved and was loved by family who knew him affectionately as Grandpa Bill, Dad, Poppy, Bill, and our handsome man.


Funeral services will be held privately with immediate family at Roberson Funeral Home in South Shore, KY with burial at Collier Memorial Gardens in South Portsmouth, KY. Online condolences can be left for the family at

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