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Charles David Thompson
Joiner-Anderson Funeral Home & Crematory
Charles David Thompson
Charles David Thompson, lover of words, keen observer of human nature and tireless promoter of Georgia Southern University, died Saturday, December 22, in Savannah, Georgia.
    Reared in St. Marys, Georgia, the sights and sounds of the marsh instilled in David a lifelong enjoyment of the natural world and among his greatest joys were tending the plants and trees with which he had surrounded his home. Nature photography, guitar music and good radio were among the topics of conversation on which David was always willing to engage with the fortunate ones who called him friend.
    He received a B.S. in journalism from Georgia Southern College in 1981 and embarked on a career in journalism, first at his hometown newspaper, then in Statesboro. He was named founding editor of The Eagle, an independent weekly student-oriented newspaper. In 1987, he joined the media relations staff at Georgia Southern, first as news service editor and later manager of publications and editor of the Georgia Southern magazine. Additionally, David briefly served as an adjunct professor at Georgia Southern University, sharing with undergraduate journalism students the practical skills that earned him the respect and admiration of all those with whom he worked.
    David retired, after 30 years at Georgia Southern, as director of Communications for University Advancement.
    A charter member of Southern Boosters, David’s devotion to Georgia Southern sports made him a walking encyclopedia of all things Eagle. His institutional knowledge of the university and its history, along with his close relationships with five university presidents, remained a valuable resource to the university and the community, even after his retirement.
    David was a member of Pittman Park United Methodist Church and the Lectionary Sunday School Class, where his gentle, engaging style and dry wit made him a popular teacher. He also served his church as a facilitator for the Starting Point Class and as the author of a church history, which was the thesis for the master’s degree he received from South Dakota State University in 2011.
    David was the son of the late Frances Y. Thompson and Charles Wesley Thompson Jr. and Eloise B. Thompson.
    He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Phyllis Hardeman Thompson of Statesboro; his sister and brother-in-law, Martie and John Bailey of St. Marys, Georgia; his brother and sister-in-law, William and Faye Brannen of Auburn, Alabama; a brother-in-law and sister-in-law,  Frank Hardeman III and Julie Hardeman of Savannah; a nephew, Jeremy Bailey of Kingsland, Georgia; and three nieces, Erin Lashley of Kingsland, Georgia; and Haley and Hannah Hardeman of Savannah.
    Serving as pallbearers will be Bryce Bunting, Jamey Cartee, Alex Grovenstein, Ray Hoffman, John E. Martin, M.D.; Scott Ramsey, George Rice and Chuck Sullenger.
    Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Joiner-Anderson Funeral Home, Statesboro, Georgia.
    The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Pittman Park United Methodist Church with the Rev. Bill Bagwell officiating, assisted by the Rev. Stephanie Smith and the Rev. Mike Huling.
    The body will lie in state one hour prior to the service.
    Burial will be Friday at 3 p.m. in Forest Lawn Memory Gardens, Savannah, Georgia.
    Remembrances may be made to Pittman Park United Methodist Church, 1102 Fair Road, Statesboro, GA 30458.
    Friends may sign the online register book at www.joineranderson.com.
    Joiner-Anderson Funeral Home & Crematory of Statesboro is in charge of arrangements.

Statesboro Herald, December 27, 2018
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