The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


June 4, 2013

Obituaries — Tuesday, June 4, 2013


David Ray Thompson (Crockett)

GLEN FORK — David Ray Thompson (Crockett), 60, passed into eternal life Friday, May 31, 2013, from a massive heart attack.

He was born April 8, 1953, in Mullens, WV, to the late Arthur and Lilly Thompson.

David was a great man to many people. He was a loving and caring husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He was a retired union coal miner with 25 1/2 years of service at Harris Number 2 mines (Peabody Coal). David was baptized, saved, and gave his life to the Lord several years ago. He was a member of Ark of Safety Church in Glen Fork. He always made it a point to put others before himself. He loved the mountains, fishing, hunting, and going to church.

In addition to his parents, David was preceded in death by two sons, Quentin Ray Sartin and Paul Curtis “Peewee” Sartin; a daughter, Tawnya Renee Sartin; a brother, Roger; a sister, Ethel; two grandchildren; and a beloved cousin, Tonto Bailey.

Those left to cherish his memory are his wife, Ledema Thompson, with whom he would’ve celebrated his 31st wedding anniversary on June 6th; daughters, Ila Marie Sartin and companion, Mark Waugh, of Columbus, OH, and Wendy Jude of Logan; grandchildren, Billi Jean Sartin, Samantha Sartin, Sheree Barnes, Kristian Sartin, Paul David, Ray Sartin, Tyler Workman, and Michael Barnes; great-grandchildren, Tashawna Dale, Collin, Clinton, Trenton, and Serenity; six sisters, three brothers and their spouses; numerous nieces and nephews; and a dear friend, Neil Farley.

Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Thursday, June 6, 2013, at Ark of Safety Church, Glen Fork, with the Rev. Ernest Francis officiating. Burial will follow at Glen Fork Community Cemetery. The family will receive friends 4 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, June 4, and Wednesday, June 5, at the church.

Pallbearers will be Paul David Sartin, Tyler Workman, Josh Francis, Paul Brown, Garrett Francis, and Allen Blankenship.

An online guestbook and additional information may be found at

Evans Funeral Home of Oceana is serving the Thompson family.

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