Willabeth “Pat” Thompson – Obituary

By  | November 30, 2017 | Filed under: Greenview Funeral Home, Obituaries

Willabeth “Pat” Thompson, 88, died on Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017. Pat grew up in Gadsden, Alabama. She was a graduate of Alabama College (now the University of Montevallo) and received a master’s degree in religious education from the Carver School of Missions and Social Work in Louisville, Kentucky and a master’s degree in social work from Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida. She worked in a number of social agencies retiring from the Riverbend Center for Mental Health. Pat was a long-time member of Woodmont Baptist Church where she taught Sunday school for almost 30 years. She wrote numerous articles and program materials for the Woman’s Missionary Union which is an Auxiliary to the Southern Baptist Convention including a project guide, MISSION ACTION: AGING, and a study book, SPECIAL SKILLS IN MISSION ACTION. She later became a member of First United Methodist Church where she was an active member teaching Sunday school, leading small groups, and developing the Careline, a congregation care program.

Visitation will be at Greenview Funeral Home on Friday, Dec. 1, 2017, from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. The funeral service will begin at 2 p.m. in the funeral home chapel with Dick Waggener and Rev. Robert Sparkman officiating. Burial will follow in Greenview Memorial Park. Pat, as she was known by her friends, was preceded in death by her parents, Aubrey and Viola Thompson; sister, Annie Ruth Akins; and a brother, Lamar Thompson.

She is survived by a beloved sister-in-law, Shirley Thompson, of Huntsville; nephews, Philip Thompson, of Auburn, Alabama, and Johnie Roland Akins (Libby), of Athens, Tennessee; niece, Lou Anne Albritton (Bill), of Camden, Alabama; two great-nephews; five great-nieces; and one great-great-nephew.

Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church or to Woodmont Baptist Church both of Florence.

 

Arrangements are by Greenview Funeral Home.

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