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Charles Sydnor Thompson III

May 12, 1945 ~ February 19, 2024 (age 78) 78 Years Old

Charles Thompson III Obituary

Following an extended illness, Rev. Dr. Charles Sydnor Thompson, III passed away peacefully on February 19 at the Valor Hospice Unit in Asheville, NC.

Born in New York, New York on May 12, 1954, his family soon moved to Charlotte, NC where he grew up on Brandon Road in Myers Park. His early childhood was shaped by attending Myers Park United Methodist Church where he experienced the unconditional love of community that supported him in his youth and nurtured his eventual calling to Christian ministry.  Inspired by “The Sound of Music”, he traveled with his mother and 4 siblings to Austria at age 12, where he and his siblings attended the Perchtoldsdorf Hauptschule, while his mother studied piano at the Vienna Conservatory.

Returning to the United States in 1967, the culture of the 60’s distracted him from formal schooling, resulting in his seeking options that might help him get back “on track.” Due to the hospitality of the Bryan Gainsford family and generosity of the government of New Zealand, he spent his senior year at Cashmere High School in Christchurch, NZ, graduating with University Entrance in 1972.

Sydnor matriculated at Duke University in 1974, graduating as an English major and entering Duke Law School in 1977. On his first day of Law School, he became aware of his call to ministry, transferring to Duke Divinity School in January of 1978.

Sydnor married the Rev. Janet Hansen in 1980, with whom he had two daughters, Adaire and Angela. The couple moved to Texas in 1982 where both served as local church pastors and where Sydnor earned his Doctor of Ministry at Southern Methodist University in 1988. Following the couple’s divorce, Sydnor returned to Western NC in 1990 where Sydnor served churches throughout the remainder of his 38-year pastoral career.

He married Miss Kelly Stone Thompson in April of 1992 and was commissioned as a U.S. Navy Reserve Chaplain in November later that year. Sydnor was mobilized twice to active duty, deploying in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom from 2005 to 2006 and in support of Operation Enduring Freedom from 2012 to 2013. He retired from the U.S. Navy at the rank of Captain (0-6) in December 2015.

In retirement, Sydnor continued to pursue his interest in Jungian Psychology and spiritual direction at the Haden Institute in Hendersonville, NC while volunteering as an English language tutor and serving as a proofreader for Chiron Publications. Since his retirement from ministry in 2019, Sydnor and Kelly have been active members of Grace Episcopal Church in North Asheville. Sydnor was a core member of the Grace choir, led a Contemplative Prayer group, offered pastoral care to members and clergy, preached and read scripture often at Grace.

Sydnor was preceded in death by his extraordinarily accomplished parents, Sydnor Thompson, Jr. and Harriette Line Thompson. He is survived by his wife of 31 years, Kelly Stone Thompson, two daughters Adaire Thompson Marshall (Michael) of Knoxville, TN and Angela Thompson Khrichtchatyi (Yevgeniy), of New York, New York, his beloved granddaughter, Charlotte Willa Yevgenevna Khrichtchatyi, four siblings, Darcy Thompson Howard of Fort Mill, SC, Harriet Thompson Moore (Kevin) of Greencastle, IN, Brenneman Line Thompson of Charlotte, NC, Kathy-Line Thompson Kelly (Patrick) of Charlotte, NC, and a host of nieces and nephews.

A Memorial Service will be held at Grace Episcopal Church 871 Merrimon Ave, Asheville, NC on Saturday, February 24 at 11:00 a.m, with a reception for family and friends to follow in Grace Parish Hall.  In Lieu of flowers memorial gifts may be made to Grace Episcopal Church in North Asheville, Environmental Defense Fund, Gifford’s Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, and Literacy Together in Asheville. 


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Memorial Service
February 24, 2024

11:00 AM
Grace Episcopal Church


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