Sonny Thompson

Sonny "Jay" Thompson

Monday, October 15th, 1973 - Saturday, May 29th, 2021
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Mr. Sonny "Jay" Thompson, 47 of Statesville, departed this life on Saturday, May 28, 2021. He was born in Iredell County on October 15, 1973, and was the son of Kathy Murray and the late Son Thompson, Jr.

He attended the Iredell County Schools and at an early age he joined Lilly's Chapel Commandment Keepers and later attended Mt. Carmel T.P.C. He was an avid music lover and loved to read.

He is preceded in death by a brother, Ancil Murray Jr., his maternal grandparents, William Cliffton Whittington and Gladys Lillie Mae Whittington, paternal grandparents, Son Thompson, Sr and Hester Thompson, an uncle, Eric Thompson, a special cousin, Teresa Stokes and a host of great aunts and uncles.

He leaves to cherish the memory of his life, his loving mother and step-father, Kathy (Ancil) Murray of Troutman; two brothers, Kender (Dawn) Thompson, Sr., Kelvin (Arlinda) Murray, both of Statesville; two sisters, Chrystal (Tory) Imes of Statesville and Candace (Vincent) Chanakira of Orlando, FL; his nephews and nieces, Kender Thompson Jr., Mahogany Imes, Alana Imes, Tashawn Connor, Liam Chanakira, Karson Murray, Kolin Murray and Harlem Chanakira; aunts and uncles, William (Charlene) Whittlington, George(Eerlene) Whittington, Sam Whittington, Palicia Whittington, Jimmy Lee (Roberta) Thompson, all of Statesville, Mae (Kevin) Frances Nichols, Annie Mae (Perry) Dobbins, Freda (Tommy) Chambers, Patricia Thompson and Gloria Mills, all of Harmony; a host of cousins, other relatives and friends.

Celebration of Life Services will be conducted Sunday, June 6, 2021, at 1:00 p.m. at Rutledge and Bigham Mortuary Statesville, NC.

Visit the Book of Memories for Mr. Thompson at Rutledge and Bigham Funeral Home is serving the Thompson Family.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Sunday, June 6th, 2021 | 12:30pm - 1:00pm
    Sunday, June 6th, 2021 12:30pm - 1:00pm
    Rutledge and Bigham Mortuary
    Address Not Available
  • Service

    Sunday, June 6th, 2021 | 1:00pm
    Sunday, June 6th, 2021 1:00pm
    Rutledge and Bigham Mortuary
    603 South Center Street
    Statesville, NC 28677
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    Bishop O'Deshea Cuthrell
    Pastor Walter Leach
  • Interment

    Piney Grove AME Zion Church
    Piney Grove AME Zion Church
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Evangelist Cora Cauthen

Posted at 05:31pm
I am so sorry for your loss, you have my love and sympathy. I am here for you when ever, I love you all, Jay will be greatly missed. God bless you.
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Tanekia Graham

Posted at 09:33pm
I will always remember our talks and especially the ones Jay gave me about real life and how he always thought all his younger girl cousins are so successful in life and how much he loved every one of us! He would always say Nekia I’m proud of you! No matter if I had to get on him he would still say ok you’re right and I love you! Later on he would get me back too and say “homegirl you wrong” that was just Jay! I’ll always remember and love our Big Jay❤️

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