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1826 North University Drive
Pembroke Pines, FL 33024
Phone: 954-974-3155
Fax: 954-974-3138
Dr. Willie Thompson

Dr. Willie Jay Thompson

Saturday December 3, 1938 - Saturday March 28, 2020
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Affectionately known as “Jay”, Dr. Willie Jay Thompson was born December 3, 1938, the fourth child to
Jonathan (Barber) and Tiolia Thompson. He attended Stuart Training School from first grade through
high school graduation. During his high school years Dr. Thompson acquired a love for music and played
the tuba in the STS marching band, under the direction and tutelage of Mr. James F. Robinson.
Dr. Thompson enrolled at Florida A and M College (FAMC, now known as Florida A and M University
or FAMU) as an elementary education major. He expanded his knowledge of music by learning to play
the piano and learning choral music in the FAMC Collegiate Choir. While at university, Dr. Thompson
was befriended by Dr. Beverly Barber who taught dance at the college, and that relationship undoubtedly helped him to learn how to produce his operarettas and other stage productions. He consulted with Dr. Barber until he retired from the Martin County school system. Dr. Thompson began his teaching career in Okeechobee, FL and was later hired in Indian Town, FL. All through out his teaching career, Dr. Thompson used his creative art talent to enhance the East Stuart Community as he introduced the citizens to history and the arts. He produced plays, operarettas, and formed community choirs as he tried to introduce everyone to the joy of music from every genre. He even occasionally played keyboard for Lloyd Jackson and the Rocketeers. He truly loved all forms of history, music and the arts. He always had a poem to fit the occasion. Two of his favorites were “It Couldn't Be Done” by Edgar Guest, and “Invictus” by William Ernest Henley.


He will surely be missed by family and friends. But always of quick wit and a comedic personality, “Jay” would probably say at this point “Repeat after me, good bye. This has been a recording”.

Dr. Thompson was preceded in death by his wife, Agnes Washington Thompson, his parents and six Siblings, Julia Mae, Merrinese, Homer, Sam, Tim, and Eleanor. He is survived by his son David Jonathan Thompson, Sr. Six Grand children (David Jonathan Thompson Jr.; Tai-Lah; Alyiah, Aiden, Jayden, and Jordan) and One Great Grand- Son Kaiden. One sister; Mozella Wilson. A “Multitude” of nephews, nieces, cousins, god-children, East 10th Neighbors, students around the world, Publix employees, Winn Dixie employees, and friends.



In lieu of flowers, Scholarship in honor of Dr. Willie Jay Thompson.



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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Friday April 10, 2020 | 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    When
    Friday April 10, 2020 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Location
    St. Paul AME Church (Stuart)
    Address
    900 SE East Avenue
    STUART, FL 34994
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  • Interment

    Location
    Fernhill Memorial
    Address
    1501 S Kanner Hwy
    STUART, FL 34994
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Martha Thompson Stephens

Posted at 09:53pm
Love ya cuz. MARTHA DAWSON,Ga
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Vera Shorter Abd'al-Aquil

Posted at 01:25pm
Albany, GA. Vera Shorter Abd'al-Aquil & Family. In Memory of Cuz Jay. From God We Come, to God We Shall Return. Much love to you all Family.
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Rosa Belle Ausby

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Joanne Kitchens Simmons

Posted at 08:09pm
On my way to Tampa to visit my cousin, I stopped in to say hi. Dr. Thompson asked where I was headed. When told, he said “I’ll be ready”. I was startled, cause I didn’t remember asking him if he wanted to go. Well, I went back to my my hotel suite and thought about what just happened. Much to my chagrin, he phoned me early the next morning and reminded me that he needed to eat before we got on the road. I kid you not, I was perplexed. I called and notified my husband that a male colleague was going to accompany me to Tampa-I think I was hoping that he would think this a little strange or even disrespectful. However, he said “it’ll probably do him some good.” So with a clear perspective, I loaded Dr. Thompson up in my buggy and off to Publix we went. Well we had to get his breakfast. Long story short, my cousin and he felt their way around each other and she let him know she was not going to have him talking over her head with them big impressive words. We eventually ate dinner and ended up singing hymns. What a time! Took Dr. Thompson back to his hotel room and he gave me explicit details about picking him up before breakfast was over. 9:00 sharp Joanne and don’t be late. How about when I arrived, Dr. Thompson didn’t answer the door. So then I’m thinking he already left for breakfast. He’s not there. Now I’m begin to panic I sit and wait, thinking now maybe he went for a walk. Five ten fifteen minutes no Dr. Thompson. OMG, I can’t say I wasn’t there cause we already called David the day before. It’s now 10 am and I go knock/bang on door again. Nothing! I return to my cousin house and tell her that I don’t know what happened to Dr. Thompson. We leave to check whereabouts at hotel asking staff if they have seen him. They agree to check room-since it’s check out time. There laid across the bed was Dr. Thompson. I laughed n cried as did my cousin, when finally awakened he wanted to know why I let him sleep past breakfast. And you know he slept all the way from Tampa that same day. It was the best of times. Will miss the sporadic phone calls talking about nothing. Rest In Peace my dear friend. #AMERICORPS MARTIN
 
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Rosa Belle Ausby Posted at 07:49pm

Willie Jay, I will miss you. No one called me “Girl Friday” but you. We knew how that title originated. I called to check on you the Friday prior to your passing. Your sister was our mother’s “best friend”. Will remember all of the good times we shared. Rest In peace🕊
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