Thompson ~ Christopher Lewis Lamar Thompson, 29, resident of Jacksonville, Florida, passed away November 29, 2021. His devotion to his family and his firm belief in God supported him in his struggles and ultimately gave him peace.
"Chris” as he was affectionately known, was born December 16, 1991, to Winnie Thompson in Newark, Delaware. He was raised in Penns Grove, New Jersey by his mother and grandmother, Willemara Thompson. Chris was raised alongside his uncles who were very close in age to him. He was always trying to keep up with them. Chris started walking at nine months and never stopped moving. He was a happy child that loved to ride bikes and just play games and swim. As a young boy, Chris played soccer and the saxophone. He also had a passion for making short movies. His grandmother gave him his first camcorder. He even made a commercial with his brother, Brandon.
From an infant, the love of Jehovah God was instilled in him. Chris attended the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Carney’s Point, NJ with his grandmother and uncles. If you seen his grandmother in her door-to-door ministry, Chris was not too far behind. Even as a little boy, he liked to raise his hands and answer “Jehovah” in the microphone at the Kingdom Hall. Chris could always be seen talking to the brothers and sisters and giving hugs in the many congregations that he attended over the years.
Chris had the privilege of being a Navy brat. He traveled and lived from coast to coast and overseas. Chris ultimately became a resident in Florida in 2008 with his siblings and parents. Christopher attended Frank H Peterson Academies and Pathways Academy at Florida State College at Jacksonville.
Always the entrepreneur, Chris and his brother started their own landscaping business at the age of thirteen. When he needed money, he sold candy at school. As he grew older, Chris held several jobs to include working in retail, a hotel concierge and customer service. We all know Chris liked to have fun where he worked. He held jobs at Walt Disney World, Family Fun Spot and his favorite job, Universal Studios as an Event guide.
Chris loved to laugh and was a prankster. From dressing up in his Batman outfit to putting a rubber glove on his head and just walking around the house. You never knew what to expect from him. Chris loved to dance and play video games online with his uncles and visiting his grandmother. He loved to travel. From visiting amusement parks to going on cruises and family vacations, Chris was always front and center of the action. He was like an uncle to his cousins Roxxas, Brave and Blitz. His smile and grin were so infectious; you could never stay mad at him. He always used to have a “cat that ate the canary” grin when you asked what he was up to. His favorite sayings were “Look at God” (if something went right), “Jesus take the wheel” and my favorite saying “She told you!”. From impromptu dances and shenanigans with his family to hanging out with his friends, if you knew Chris, you loved Chris. He was also known for his love of hats; especially his cowboy hat which became his trademark. Chris loved all things Batman. Many of his family, congregation members, and friends were recipients of his kindness, love, generosity, and comic performances.
One of his greatest joys in life was the birth of his daughter, JayLah Chrisette Thompson and the time they spent together. He would do her hair as a baby while they looked at TV. Chris had tea parties with her and liked to go to her recitals and gym practices. He even got out of his hospital bed just to see her perform. Chris really loved his daughter.
He unfortunately had many major health issues. Chris fought so hard, even though there were times he wanted to give up. With his mom and family by his side, he managed his illnesses with courage and strength that he didn’t know he had.
This obituary does not have enough space to sum up his life, but rest assured, he lived his life on his terms, and he will be missed every day. Chris was an amazing son, brother, nephew, father, and grandson.
He was proceeded in death by his grandfather, Edward Thompson Sr. Chris sadly leaves behind his daughter, Jaylah Chrisette Thompson; mother, Winnie Thompson Harvey; fathers, Timothy Harvey, and Jerome Simms; grandmother, Willemara Thompson; sisters, Anyssa Harvey, LaToya Scott, Clareshia Scott and Shavaugh Gordon; brothers, Jerome Brandon Simms, Jaray Washington, Clarence Scott; uncles, Edward Thompson Jr, Daryl Thompson, Timothy Thompson, Shavar Thompson and George Thompson, Kevin Harvey, Michael Harvey and Kenneth Harvey; aunts, Gina Thompson, Leah Thompson, Shante Thompson, Sherma Mitchell, Ann Marie Harvey and Cecelia Shaw; bonus mom, Patricia Simms; bonus grandmother, Diane Mitchell and his daughter’s mother, JaNay Burrows; a host of cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends who became family.
To say he will be missed is an understatement. He has fought the fine fight. Chris ran his race to the finish (2nd Timothy 4:7). He no longer is in pain and will no longer have to suffer. Rest my baby boy until I see you again.
We miss and love you, Christopher. See you in the New World.
The family thanks you for your loving support at this time of our painful loss.
Graveside Service for Christopher Lewis Lamar Thompson will be 11:00 AM Saturday, December 18, 2021, Edgewood Cemetery, 4519 North Edgewood Drive. Visitation Friday from 5 – 7 PM at The Soutel Chapel. Because of the love of his family, arrangements entrusted to J. E. Fralin & Sons Funeral & Cremation Services, 5065 Soutel Drive, 904.924.9400.
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