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Updated: 07/27/2014 08:00:02AM

James A. Thompson Sr.

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The Rev. James A. Thompson Sr., 75, of Punta Gorda, Fla., passed away Tuesday, July 22, 2014.

He was born Sept. 5, 1938, in Ottumwa, Iowa, the son of Vera (nee Powell) and John Thompson Sr.

James served in the U.S. Air Force, and was a United Methodist Pastor for 32 years, serving various communities throughout central Illinois, and retiring in 2001. He and his wife moved to Florida in December 2001. James was an avid golfer and fisherman, and will be missed by the Waffle House staff where he was a faithful and daily patron.

He will be greatly missed by his wife, Peggy; brother, Tom; children, Jim Jr. (Angel), Ron (Cindy) and Carrie; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

A private service was held. To express condolences to the family, please visit and sign the online guestbook.

Arrangements are by Larry Taylor Funeral and Cremation Services.

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