Larry W. “LT” Thompson, 73, of Savannah, GA died January 7th, 2021 at Candler Hospital after a long, hard battle with COVID.
He was born in Savannah, GA on November 24th, 1947 to the late Weldon (PeeWee) Thompson and Marion Thompson. He was also preceded in death by his sister, Shirley Dorsey and his brother, William R. Knight, III.
He is survived by his fiancé of 10 years, Trish Jones, his daughter, Kellie Thompson Jenkins, his son, Ross Thompson and wife Sarah, his grandchildren, Preslie and Walker, and Bryson, his sister-in-law, Ann Knight. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Larry grew up in Savannah, GA and graduated from Benedictine Military School in 1965. He went on to attend Armstrong State College where he played baseball and graduated in 1969. After graduation he worked as a regional manager at Krystal for many years while serving in the National Guard. In 1981, he joined John S. James, Co. where he worked in logistics, transportation and shipping for 38 years until his retirement in 2019.
LT loved life and lived it to the fullest! He was a wonderful partner and father, Pop, son, brother, uncle, and friend. His smile and laughter were contagious and always uplifting. When he walked into the room, he would light up the room with his smile and greeted you with “hey Pal”. He loved spending time with his family and friends. He was a great cook, and his door was always open to serve not only his family and friends but anyone that stopped by.
His favorite pastime was playing golf with his life-long friends. He was a member of the Savannah Country Club where many of his friends can still hear him say “got time for one more”.
His greatest joy was being surrounded by his fiancé, children, grandchildren and extended family.
The family would like to extend our heartfelt appreciation to the nurses, doctors, and hospital staff at Candler Hospital. When Larry was tired and began to lose his battle; these amazing people allowed his fiancé, his daughter and son to be by his side before leaving this world. Holding his hand and sending him home to rest where we know he was looking up to his family in heaven saying, “I’m on my way,” and to all of us, “see ya in a bit”!.
He will be laid to rest Wednesday (January 13, 2021) at 11:00 a.m. in the Forrest Lawn Memory Gardens alongside his beloved parents and brother. The family asks in keeping to true LT fashion to please wear golf club casual and the brighter the color the better.
In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to Shriners Hospital for Children or St. Jude’s Hospital. A celebration of life will be held at a later date.
Kellie, Ross, Trish - we offer our deepest condolences for your loss. Larry will always be a part of our James Gang family, and he will certainly be missed. We are grateful for many cherished years we had with him, and how he brightened the lives of all who knew him.
- John S. James Co., Savannah, GA
So sorry to hear this sad news. Larry and I played a lot of golf together at Wilmington Island Club. I was with Larry when he made his first hole in one!! He will be missed.
- David Buchanan , Savannah , Ga
So sorry for your loss.. Larry’s personality would light up a room. Rest In Peace.
- Wiley Knight , Charlotte , NC
Larry and I were colleagues and worked together for many years. I don’t believe I ever saw him without a smile on his face. He was with me when I learned of my father’s passing. I will never forget his kindness that day. My most sincere condolences to his family.
- Jackie Adamson, Charleston , SC
So very sorry ! We have known him our whole lives! Great guy will e missed! Dan and Debbie Hattrich
- Deborah Hattrich, Midway , Ga
Larry was a great guy he always had a smile on his face
- Deanna Love , Savannah, Ga
- DAVE CLAY, SAVANNAH, Georgia
I am so sorry for your loss. I knew Larry from the same industry. I used to work dow the hall at Carolina Shipping many years ago. He was such a wonderful, funny and kind man. Corene Lucik
- Corene D Lucik, Savannah, GA
We are so very sorry to hear this sad news. Larry was such a great guy that always met you with a smile. He will be sorely missed.
- Kathy and Wally Wysocki, Savannah, GA
I met Larry many years ago at Wally’s Six Pence on Bull. Shared some great times as well golfing at the WIC RIP Larry
- Barry Coppage, Guyton , Ga
Larry was an amazing man. His smile lit up a room. He is going to be so missed. I’m so sorry Trish (and family) for your loss. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.
- Tonja Hathaway, Savannah, Ga
So sad for your loss. LT was one of the best men Savannah ever produced. Always a loving, warm and friendly smile. Never met a stranger. A prince if a man, loved by all. RIP my friend.
- Howard and Gina Kempf, Savannah, GA
Our deepest condolences go out to the family. Larry was always so helpful and will be missed by all
- Ken Whisenant, Charlotte, NC
It is hard for all of us to imagine that our dear, kind, “cheerful”, and unabashedly “heart-warming friend”, LT, is no longer with us. Trish, I especially appreciate you and Larry reaching out in friendship to Anne. You and Larry’s family are in our thoughts and prayers as we mourn his passing and celebrate the life of this most remarkable man.
- Robert and Anne Constantine, Savannah, Georgia
Great guy going to miss him
- James R Perkins, Savannah, GA
I am so very sad about Larry’s passing. We have been friends since playing for ball for Mr Macher’s Wildcats when we were 10 years old. He was always laughing and was a joy to be with. May the Lord Bless Him and his family. If there is anything I can do please do not hesitate to let me know. You are all in my prayers. Rest In Peace My Friend!
- Paul Weber, Savannah, GA
So sorry to hear of his passing. He always had a great smile &:a hug for me. Know n him for many years. He will be missed
- Lynn Spear, Savannah, GA
I worked with Larry at JSJ and he had the candy stash and other sweets that was not good for us. We knew where to go if we needed it especially the JSJ kids. He will be greatly missed.
- Lenora Moore, Savannah, GA
How do you say goodbye to someone you knew for almost 40 years? We compared dreams of retirement and what we would do in our golden years. He always had a smile on his face. A true gentleman. Always putting others first. Trish and kids, my heart goes out to you as you deal with this loss. Too soon. I hope the love others had for Larry is some Comfort in these difficult times. Much love.
- Myra Reynolds, Savannah, Ga
With deepest sympathy and prayers. Jimmy and Connie
- Deal Family, Savannah, GA
My sincerest condolences for the loss of this great and loving man. I considered him my mentor for 15+ years. RIP LT.
- Martina Stahl, Guyton, GA
My condolences for you all. LT was my customer for many years and then a coworker. Such a kind gentleman. My prayers are with you and your family.
- Kim Tomlin, Savannah, GA
Trish, Kellie and Ross - I am so sorry for your loss and please know if there is anything I can do let me know. Larry was loved by all at John S. James Co. We missed him when he retired and will surely miss him now. He was always cheerful and concerned for others. It's difficult to express just how much he meant to me. My deepest condolences and prayers go to you. Love to you all.
- Jan Fields, Savannah, GA
I'm so sorry for your loss. I only met Larry once years ago but he left a great impression on me. He had a great smile & I felt my cousin had found the person she was meant to be with. I could feel the love they had for each other. It saddens me knowing she & his family have lost him.
- Angie Shepherd, Johnson City, TN
My deepest condolences to family and friends. I knew Larry through work. He was always amazing and somehow always able to pull off a miracle. He will be deeply missed. Prayers for comfort to all.
- Michelle Bailey- Cargobrokers CLT, Charlotte, NC
- Terry Santiago , Savannah, GA
always smiling, kind, , cheerful, funny, great guy, caring, a true gentleman,one of Savannah's best, never met a stranger,APrince, A Joy to be with. Wow, I am quite lost for words. As for one who knew and enjoyed both golf and and simple conversation with LT, I just say, "It Was, It Really Was !! May He rest in peace. with love, Jack
- Jack Daniels, Tybee Island, GA
Larry, a true gentleman! Our condolences to his family. May his loving smile shine down on all of us he has left behind. There will be no one ever like him. He was one of a kind. Rest in Peace Larry. You will be truly missed. The Ferguson Family. Cindy, John and John Gregory
- Cynthia Ferguson, Guyton, Georgia
I worked with Larry for a number of years in export trade. When I learned of his tragic passing, I could only think of his warm, gracious smile. Obviously many people also remembered this dear trait of his. His obituary captured his true personality. I was lucky enough to enjoy many days with him on the golf course and shared many laughs. May he rest in peace. Randy Mayberry; Sandersville, GA
- Randy Mayberry, Sandersville, GA
The news of Larry's passing was so very difficult for Sherry and me to comprehend, and we are both still in a state of shock. Kelly and Trish kept us updated throughout his brave fight, and for that, we remain most grateful. Larry was more than a friend, he was my brother and we shared many, many good times, and some not so good ones. He was always there for my family and me, as he was for many others. We will more than miss him, and we hope and pray that his entire family will always remember what a fine man Larry was always. RIP, my brother. Raymond & Sherry
- Raymond Georges, Savannah , GA
So many beautiful tributes shared in this guestbook by Larry's friends. Larry never met a stranger and was loved by everyone who met him. I had the personal pleasure of being one of Larry's friends since I was also a member of the JOHN S. JAMES GANG. Tom James sent Larry and me on a ten day trip to Europe and BELIEVE ME, It WAS a trip. We also got some business done. To Kelli, Ross and TRISH, Harriet and I extend our deepest sympathies, LOVE and PRAYERS to each of you... God Bless You !!! And May Larry Rest In Peace. Joe
- Joe Ebberwein, Savannah, Georgia
Dear Trish, I am heartbroken for you. You have lost a great man. I hope you can find a lace of peace and comfort in these terrible times.
- Richard Myers, Pooler, GA
Trish, Kelli and Ross, how blessed I was to work with Larry for 30 plus years at JSJ. Had the opportunity to travel a few times to Mexico with him. Even in the square in Vera Cruz Larry was handing out candy to the little children and buying their trinkets. Always the gentleman. Always with a smile on his face. I am very sorry for your loss, he was definitely taken way to soon. But know that he is flashing that smile on you now from heaven. Lynn Welsh
- Lynn Welsh, Guyton, Georgia
My sweet sweet nephew. I hate to see you go. I know you are in a better place but you will be so missed here. Rest In Peace and take my love with you. Trish, Kelli, Ross I am so sorry. Condolences and love. ❤️❤️
- Cathy (Ann) Zellers , Altamonte Springs , Florida
we share your grief.
- Ruchalski, Savannah, ga
Larry Thompson and I go back to September 1961. Larry then was about 4 ft Tall and I well, I was taller. We seemed to hit it off well, playing football at BC. Larry was a great running back at BC # 22. He was a 3 sport athlete who didn’t back down. That friendship which lasted thru the good times and bad, was always strong. Sixty years, what can I say, he never changed, he’d give you the shirt off his back, he’d find a way. Yes everyone’s right he had that smile that never dimmed, bright as always, never wanted to leave till last call, but more friends than anyone I know . I can tell you all of his BC guys loved him, it was easy. God bless him We’ll miss you Pal
- T Ryan, Savannah, Ga
Have known Larry for about 25 years and worked with him at JSJ for 10 years. He was one the most positive people I have ever known. Great loss and my condolences to the family.
- Ray Johnston, Savannah , Georgia
Prayers to the family. He was a great man.
- JoAnn, Savannah , Ga
Laurie and I are so sorry to hear of the passing of Larry. We would see Larry many times over the years at ball games and different functions. Each time we saw him, he always had a smile on his face. Our condolences to his family.
- Lawrence and Laurie Maner, Monroe, GA
My heart aches for Trish and all of Larry’s family at this sad time. Larry was a friend that will be missed by all that knew him. May his memory be eternal. With my deepest sympathy and love, Irene Purdy
- Irene Miltiades Purdy, Richmond Hill, GA
There are not enough words or time to describe how wonderful and compassionate Larry was. He will be missed, remembered, and forever loved by all who had the privilege to know him. By all the comments here, I know that the outpouring of love you receive during this difficult time shows how much Larry touched people's lives for the better. There is a saying "Smile, it is the key that fits the lock of everybody's heart." Larry had that smile. Deepest Sympathies, John (65) and Peggy Grady
- JOHN AND PEGGY GRADY, Wilmington Island, GA
I have known LT for more years than I can remember. He was always a true gentleman and had a smile on his face that would light up a room for everyone. He always remembered others and amazingly never met a stranger. He lived his life to the fullest and I pray that he now rests in wonderful heavenly peace as he shares the heavenly kingdom's love. Trish, Kellie and Ross, my prayers of comfort go out to you as you walk through these days to come. Remember the love and crazy things LT has done in the past and it surely will put a smile on your face. *We will all meet again in heaven one day* Peace be with you my Friend. Amen
- Susan W McDowell, Randleman, NC
I would like to share with the family how much Larry meant to me. LT was such a positive influence in my life and just by being around him I learned a lot about winning, losing, and being a gentleman. I am lucky to know him! Obviously with all the words and memories being sent he meant a great deal to many. LT will be dearly missed but remembered fondly in our minds - I'm smiling right now! Thanks for everything pal!
- Mike & Wilma McCord, Mt Pleasant, SC
- Indira, Savannah , GA
We have beautiful memories of wonderful times from long ago & recent times. We remember him with love & joy. Patty & Tony
- Tony & Patty Cannon Valenti, Melbourne , Florida
I only saw Larry a couple times. When I met him at the reunion, I remarked to Ann that he looks just like you. He made me feel so welcomed. What a nice man. Rest In Peace, Larry. You will be missed by family and friends.
- Jodey Lancaster , Daytona Beach Shores, Florida
I am extremely sadden by the news. We did business together since we started in shipping around the same time. He was one of the great characters that made the shipping business fun. Great guy we have lost.
- IGNACIO A CARDONA, DEMAREST, NJ
Family, Very sorry for your loss of Larry. May Larry Rest In Eternal Peace, God Bless.
- Roy Banks BC'64, Flowery Branch, Ga
May you Rest In Peace my dear friend. Remember our days (and nights) at Wallys
- Mark Gentry, Savannah , Ga
We are so sorry to here ofLarrys passing. He was a great guy anda friend. Rest Easy Larry
- The Hughes Family, Hinesville / Savannah, Georgia
Today, we laid to rest Larry Thompson, in the family plot, in Forrest Lawn Memory Gardens. Finally, back with his parents, he will experience eternal peace, in their company. It was a lovely ceremony, attended by innumerable folks that I didn't know, as I live in Florida. This was a magnificent tribute to the man we all know and love, simply as "LT". Father Patrick O'brien officiated the ceremony, pointing out, on numerous occasions, Larry's devotion to his family and loved ones. Larry was well respected. By his own account, he was a pretty fair golfer, as well as being popular for his varied recipes, in particular the LT Spaghetti with Angel Hair Pasta, along with his cherished personality and infectious smile, and he will be missed by all who ever had the fortune to make his acquaintance.
- Michael H Roach, HAMPTON, FL
Larry and I grew up together on Anderson St. I first met Larry when I was 10 years old. We played sports together and neighbor games. I have always remember our friendship. He will truly be missed Ronnie Walker
- Ronnie & Katie Walker, Pooler, Ga
Every time I think of Larry I see the smile on his face. Never remember anytime I heard a harsh word. Larry was a good man. God bless Larry and all of those he loved so much.
- Donald Maner, Evans, Ga
JoAnn and I send our love and heartfelt condolences to Trish, Kellie and family, Ross & Sarah, Ann and the little ones. Larry was a Good Man and a Great Cousin and Friend. He will be truly missed and those of us who remain behind will feel his absence. Love, Rick & Jo.
- Danny R. Buck, Rocky Point, NC