Myrna Thompson

On September 27, 1937, Myrna Clementine Rivers was born, the daughter of the late Jarrett Daniel Rivers and Annie Lee Manson Rivers, in the home her father built in Brunswick County, Virginia. Myrna was also baptized in Brunswick. As a child, Myrna and her family attended St. James Episcopal Church and Oak Grove Baptist Church where she displayed her beautiful talents of singing and playing the organ. Myrna was preceded in death by her son, Jay Vincent Thompson (88) and her sister, Gloria Adeline Graves (2013). Myrna was called home by her Heavenly Father on October 19, 2021.

Myrna went to school in Lawrenceville, Virginia After graduating from high school at the age 16, she caught a train to Fisk University in Nashville, Tenn., where she received her Master of Psychology. While at Fisk, she met James Foster Thompson. After Myrna graduated with her Master of Psychology, as well as becoming a member of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., she and James returned to Lawrenceville, to get married in her childhood home. The couple returned to Nashville so James could finish his education at Meharry Medical College, while Myrna worked for a state mental hospital. By 1963, Myrna and James were blessed with two children, James, II (aka Danny ‘62) and Traci (’63).

In the summer of ’64, Myrna offered cousin Samantha a free trip to Nashville and Samantha wasted no time catching that train. While visiting, Samantha helped Myrna with the kids and various chores, while Myrna worked outside the home. At the end of summer, Samantha returned home. But not before very appreciative cousin Myrna surprised her with an envelope containing $150 cash, which was great money for such a young lady. In 1965, Myrna and James welcomed their 3rd child Angela (aka Angie).

After graduating from Meharry Medical College, James enlisted in the Air Force to complete his dental internship. He transferred to Edwards Air Force Base and moved his family of 5 to Mojave, Calif., where Myrna continued working while James completed his internship. Once completed, Myrna and James moved to Long Beach, Calif. where they were blessed with son, Jay Vincent (68) and Kelli Diane (71). Myrna worked as a Psychologist for The Dept. of Social Services at the Watts’ Health Center in South Central, Calif. She also worked at the Veteran’s Administration of Long Beach. For several years, Myrna was the proud Broker of her own real estate company, “Realty World”, which all three of her daughters followed in her footsteps in obtaining their licenses. Two own their own real estate businesses.

Around 1984, Myrna moved back to Virginia and eventually began caring for her mother. From 1988 to 2010, Myrna began working as an Associate Professor of Human Services at Southside Virginia Community College (SVCC).

The Links, Inc. and Can-Do-Club were other organizations that Myrna was very passionate about.

Queen Myrna definitely made a huge impact in many peoples’ lives. She leaves behind great memories and most of all, this “Trail Blazer”’ leaves behind her Legacy for all who knew her to cherish.

Myrna leaves to cherish her memory a son, James D. Thompson, II (Linda) Lawrenceville and 3 daughters, Traci Thompson, Angela Thompson, and Kelli Thompson-Smith (Kevin), California.

Myrna also leaves 14 grandchildren whom she adored, Kacey Allen (Monica), Adriana Smith (Cameron), James Gibbs, James D. Thompson, III, Bryce Smith (Andrea), Jason Thompson, Twins Anissa and Ausha Cage, Justin Thompson, Darius Smith, Kevin Smith, Jr.,Kamryn Smith, Kennedy Smith, and Jordan Thompson, 13 great-grandchildren, Liyah Gibbs, Malachi Gordon, Mya Allen, Mikayla Allen, Kacey Allen, Jr., Malia Allen, Kaedyn Smith, Kamryn Smith, Ava Smith, Layla Smith, Mia Smith, Kyle Allen, and Jordyn Gibbs; a niece, Bianca; great nephew Jarren a loving puppy, Jasmine, and a host of cousins and friends.

Memorial Services were held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, November 6,2021 from the Brown’s Memorial Chapel in Lawrenceville, Virginia.

Brown’s Funeral Service was in charge of the arrangements.