Cary Lamont Thompson
March 02, 1959 - July 13, 2021
Growing up in Los Banos, California, as a child, Cary always enjoyed a love for life, at an early age his father gave him a dirt bike in which he would give rides to all his friends in the neighborhood. He had a love for music, which started when he was given a drum set by his grandparents, which he enjoyed playing for his family and friends. Cary grew up listening to his grandmother and mother playing their Rhythm and Blues music. He developed his own music style, he loved the sounds of Motown, Funk, Pop and Hard Rock and enjoyed attending live concerts with his family and friends. Growing up Cary had a gift of sportsmanship. He would play basketball, baseball and football all the time with his neighborhood friends, and various Sports Leagues.
Cary attended Los Banos Junior High school, where he enjoyed making his beloved "visors" in Leather craft class. He began to take sports seriously and became quarterback for the Pop Warner football team. A 1977 graduate of Los Banos High School, Cary better known to his enormous group of friends as "C.T.". As a high school student, C.T. was probably the most popular student in the school, as he was always surrounded by a group of friends. Cary was very book smart, but he loved to play sports. Cary played football throughout high school, in which he eventually became the Captain of the football team. Basketball, however, was his favorite sport, in which he played the position of "forward." As a forward, Cary held the school record for the most points scored (52 points) in a game as well as being named "Mr. Tiger", the highest sports award given to any student. Cary played the symbols in the Marching Band and was a member of the Wrestling Team. Cary was destined to become a sports Professional, as he received many letters from Colleges and Universities, but unfortunately due to a knee injury, he was unable to achieve the goal.
Cary was self-employed for most of his professional life in the communications industry, where he was a salesman of long-distance phone service to hotels and motels. In addition, he supplied air and water machines to gas stations across California and Arizona.
Cary Lamont Thompson was born on March 2, 1959 in El Centro, California, to the loving parents of Melva Jean Thompson and Kenneth Sylvester Thompson (whom both preceded him in death). Cary was the loving grandson to Florence Delcina Young better known as "Mama Florence" and Elzie Young better known as "Papa Young", Pearline Striplin better known as "Grandma Thompson" and Chester Thompson better known as "Grandpa Thompson" (who all preceded him in death). He was the loving nephew to Walter "Uncle Bill" Hill, Willa "Aunt Willa" Mae Hill and Emma "Aunt Emma" Shearer and Albert Edgar "Uncle Edgar" Dunn, whom all preceded him in death. He was the father to Cary Thompson, Jr. (who preceded him in death) and Andrew Grayson. Cary is survived by his dear wife Jennifer June Ellis-Thompson to whom he married on August 2, 1991. Jennifer was the joy of Cary's life, and they would have celebrated 30 years of matrimony this year. He leaves behind to cherish his memory: Sisters, Kendra Thompson and Debra Thompson, and Brother Stacey Thompson; nieces and nephews, LaTasha Payne, Shamika Faison, Tameka Toomer, Ja'Nesha Slaughter, Khari Thompson, Brooklyn Thompson, Lyndell Pogue, Stacey Thompson, Jr. and Amare Thompson; grandsons Elijah Grayson, Kaiden Grayson and Jaxson Grayson, as well as a host of great and great-great nieces and nephews.
Cary will be missed by his beloved Aunt Julia Cooper and a host of cousins, friends and working professionals.
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