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Who Glenn Thompson
What Glenn Thompson, Blue Ridge Entertainers and Dixie Playboys
When May 12, 2012
Where Durham, NC

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Mr. Glenn Thompson, 90, of Burlington, passed away at the Durham V.A. Medical Center on Saturday, May 12, 2012 at 2:26 p.m.

A native of Moore County, he was the husband of the late Hazel Adams Thompson and the late Wilma Martin Thompson. He was preceded in death by his parents, Lonnie Thompson and Ethel Britt Thompson; two brothers; one sister; and a son-in-law.

He attended Emmanuel United Methodist Church. Glenn was a Mason, a member of the Bula Masonic Lodge #409 A.F. & A.M. and the Burlington Shriners. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving during World War II.

During the 1940s and 1950s, Glenn was a popular country music singer, guitarist, bandleader, radio personality, and recording artist, performing first with the Burlington, N.C. based Blue Ridge Entertainers and subsequently with his own Dixie Playboys. Thompson continued to perform regularly and released several recordings as both soloist and bandleader until his retirement in 1985.

Survivors include his daughter, Brenda Welch of Asheboro; a grandson, Chuck Welch and wife Toni of Asheboro; three great-grandsons, Chas, Cameron and Caden; one stepdaughter, Diana Lockamy and husband Mitch of Angier; a stepson, Chuck Martin and wife Patricia of Greensboro; four step-grandchildren, Courtney and Nick Lockamy, Justin Martin and Kristen Easter and husband Jeremiah; two great-stepgrandchildren, Lauren and Rachel Easter; two sisters, Mildred Luck and Jessie May Kellis; several nieces and nephews; and a special friend and neighbor, Marvin Beeker.

The funeral service was conducted at Emmanuel United Methodist Church on Friday, May 18, 2012 at 2 p.m. by the Rev. J. Neal Salter Jr. with the family receiving friends from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m. prior to the service at the church. The entombment was held in the Mausoleum at Alamance Memorial Park following the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Emmanuel United Methodist Church, 2331 LaVista Drive, Burlington, NC 27215.

Rich & Thompson Funeral and Cremation Service in Burlington is in charge of arrangements.

Condolences may be offered at www.richandthompson.com

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