Wednesday, April 14th, 2021


Happy Birthday, John!

John Thompson turned 90 at the end of January, and his wife of 43 years, Elaine, threw him a huge surprise party at the TowneBank Great Bridge Community Room. Friends streamed into the open house over three hours, as John is very popular and well respected in the community and the Southside Lions Club. The party was catered by 29:11 Celebrations.

From left: Siobhan Sullivan, Ann Kelly and Marsha VanBourgondien

John and Elaine Thompson arrive at TowneBank Community Room for his surprise 90th birthday party. Grandniece Siobhan Sullivan greeted them.

The Thompsons' niece Lisa Sullivan, RN flew in from the Mayo Clinic

From left: John and Elaine Thompson with Dee and Wes Bartlett

John and Elaine Thompson have been married for 43 years

From left: Internet Marketing Design Owner Terry Young, The Shopper COO Nikki Young, The Shopper Client Relations Manager Jeff Barnard, and William Doxey

Karen Cooper Collins and Richard Woodruff

From left: newlyweds Bruce and Ronda Carper with Ronda's mother Mardie DeFeo

John Thompson with grandniece Siobhan Sullivan

Natalie East and Scott Freeman

Old friends Joe and Nancy Schaedel. Joe is in the Southside Lions Club with John.

Michael Breen, left, and John Thompson

The Loxley-Barnard family members enjoyed the event together

Fortuna Allocca

From left: William Doxey, Elaine Thompson, and The Shopper Client Relations Manager Jeff Barnard

Bill Morgan, left, and John Thompson

The Eppley family, from left: Kevin Eppley, son-in-law Joey Vivardis, Mary Vivardis and Susie Eppley

John's niece and nephew Mary Laura Thompson with Bob Thompson from Boston

From left: lifelong friends The Shopper Publisher Jean Loxley-Barnard, Elaine and John Thompson, grandniece Siobhan Sullivan and Terry Barnard

From left: sisters Ann May and The Shopper Publisher Jean Loxley-Barnard with long-time friends Elaine Thompson and Mardie DeFeo

John Thompson and Robin Morgan

From left: Bill Morgan, John Thompson, and Robin Morgan

From left: John May, Terry Barnard, and The Shopper Publisher Jean Loxley-Barnard

Terry Barnard and Natalie East

From left: Mike Felts, Judge Preston Grissom, and Ken Clarke

Elaine's sister Sharon Woodruff (flown in from Iowa), left, with Susan Clarke

Elaine's old friend Dee Bartlett (from Greenville), left, with Elaine Thompson

Friend and neighbor, Vista Cotton, left, and Elaine Thompson

From left: Ruth Benjaminson and daughters Susan Geoghegan and Leslie Benjaminson with Jean Bailey. Susan is a wedding and event coordinator and owner of 29:11 Celebrations.

Sharon Woodruff, left, and Mary Thurman