of Conway, AR
January 28, 1953 - September 23, 2021
John Wesley Thompson, Sr., age 68, originally of Little Rock but resided in Conway, passed away September 23, 2021.He was born January 28, 1953, in Little Rock, to Eugene G. Thompson and Vernie Roller Thompson.He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy.He was well-known around the Little Rock music circuit for over 30 years as as a professional drummer for the local bands Summerwine and Area Code 501 and retired working security for Baptist Health Systems.He is survived by his children: John W. Thompson, Jr., Jason P. Thompson, Kevin C. Thompson; eight grandchildren, Joseph C. Thompson, Sydney O. Thompson, Sylena R. Thompson, Caleb C. Keller, Isabella A. Thompson, Devon T. Thompson, Tatiana N. Thompson, Gabriel Thompson; two great-grandchildren, Kinsley M. Thompson, Adalyn G. Cobb.Services will be Tuesday, October 5, at 11:00 a.m. at the Arkansas State Veteran's Cemetery in North Little Rock.
I remember him playing the drums on his drums set and also on his legs, or the table...whatever he could make music on. He also played the guitar sometimes with daddy. I also remember his side grin while he joked around. When Kid Rock came out I remember saying OMG that guy looks just like Uncle Johnny. You will be missed Uncle Johnny! I know you are reunited with Granny and Papaw, Daddy, Uncle Gene and Aunt Sue, LeeAnn and all the others gone too soon. See you on the other side ✌ RIP
Sigh...Tons of childhood memories with my uncle. Lots of summertime adventure. Talented and funny, he left his influence on me, no doubt. Always great to see him, albeit was rare as life ticked on. My love to his boys and "their". Sad for our loss.
My baby brother, Johnny, was born two days after Curt and I married. So I never had a problem remembering his age. He was a drummer when Lee Ann and Glen came along, and was popular with their friends. They loved to hear him play with his first little group!!! RIP Johnny and we will see you in the sweet bye and bye. Our condolences to his sons and family at this sad time.
Uncle Johnny was the baby of a large family - 6 sisters & 6 brothers and a huge tribe of cousins. Growing up with him was great fun…climbing trees, running in the woods and playing in Fort John-Glen. We drew water from the well and carried it to the house. I loved watching him play milk jugs before he got his drum set. There was nothing like his laugh. There was nothing like holiday family gatherings. I love you Uncle Johnny. See you soon.
Much love to you and the family.
Pop, words can’t describe how much I miss you. What I would give for just one more day…one more conversation. But I know you’re with me and I know what you would say; “Talk to ya later, keep me posted”. I will, Pop…every night I lay my head down…I will. I love you.