John Wayne Thompson, age 71, of Lawrenceville, GA, passed away at home on Friday, April 19, 2019. John was preceded in death by his parents, John "Shorty" and Loraine Thompson. He is survived by his devoted wife, Lisa Thompson, step-son, Michael Martin, brother-in-law, Brian Ardrey, sister-in-law, Lorrie Ardrey, and numerous nieces, nephews, and close friends. John "Doc" was a 1965 graduate of Central Gwinnett High School in Lawrenceville. He was a combat veteran who served in the Vietnam War. He was a highly decorated soldier while serving with the U.S. Army 5th Infantry Division along the DMZ and received two Bronze Stars with “V” Device for Valor along with many other awards. He was a skilled sniper assigned to a ranger Long Range Recon Patrol team. John distinguished himself by outstandingly meritorious service in connection with military operations against many hostile forces in the Republic of Vietnam during the period of July 1968 – 1969. His loyalty, diligence, and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself in the United States Army and America. John had many hobbies, including woodworking, photography, and being an avid Facebook commenter. All who knew John knew he had a deep love of animals. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Planned PEThood, 2860 Buford Highway, Duluth GA 30096. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 27, 2019 at 2pm at Wages and Sons Gwinnett Chapel, 1031 Lawrenceville Highway, Lawrenceville, GA 30046. The family will receive friends 1 hour prior to the service. Online condolences may be expressed at

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  1. I know lot of people will miss John and the one’s that would have dinner with him at Green Tomatoes. He was so good to put flowers and flag on my brother’s grave that was killed in Viet Num. My heart and prayers, go out to the family of John at the time they will say good-bye.

  2. You will be missed by many. Prayers for peace and comfort for Lisa, Michael, your family and friends. Rest In Peace, my friend,🇺🇸

  3. No one will ever match your wit, your humor, your wisdom or your knowledge of Georgia and Lawrenceville. Such a loving husband, father and friend to so many of us. You will be with us all for many years to come. ❤️

  4. We will miss you John… I loved all your pictures and your many words of wisdom… God Bless the family with much strength during this difficult time… Thank You John for your service to our Country… I know it left you with difficult times.

  5. Though we never actually met, you were my friend, John. I always enjoyed your social media posts and “chatted” with you now and then. Most of all, I admired your vibrant, staunch patriotism to and for our great country. You fought the good fight, you finished the race, now Rest In Peace upon that beautiful golden shore forever more

  6. Where a beautiful soul has been, beautiful memories linger forever. My deepest sympathy, thoughts and prayers for Lisa, John’s family and all friends. I am blessed to have known him as a childhood friend and to reconnect on Facebook. His wisdom, knowledge, and sense of humor brought so much joy into the lives of others. His service as a brave soldier to this country and love for his fellow servicemen will forever be remembered. Rest in Peace John Thompson, and thank you for being a special light in this world. Pat Everett Bridwell 🙏💕

  7. You will be missed John.Thank you for the service to our Country also the long friendship you gave to my brother.🇺🇸❤️

  8. Precious and I loved John..I hired him right after he got out of Vietnam..He worked for me for many years.He was a very special,talented and loyal friend..We loved him very much and we will miss him..RIP and thank you for your dedicated service to our country..Hugs

  9. I will miss you so much John. I have lost a good friend and I will miss our conversations on FB. RIP my friend.

  10. Wayne ‘Doc’ Thomson was a good man and a good friend from high school, Boy Scouts. I have not seen him for a long time, sp many times I’ve ask others about him and found that he had asked about me.
    God bless his family

  11. Oh John, I will miss your quick wit and intelligent replies to my facebook post. You were always a breath of fresh air. Look Billy up in heaven, because he will be glad to see you!!


  13. The world has lost a great person here on earth , but the heavens has received one of our best. I know that you have won the battle and now you will never have to fight again. My childhood friend, classmate, and my Vietnam Brother that served our country to the highest level with his Loyal Commitment, Integrity, Honor and Devotion to us all that served in all Wars. Thank you John Wayne Thompson , as we never heard that when we came back home , You will be missed , but never forgotten ! 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸

  14. I have lost a friendship that has spanned time, distance, and absence and only grew stronger with time. A friendship few experience. There will be a hole in our hearts and I pray for all family and friends. REST IN PEACE John.

  15. I’ve enjoyed your photos and commentary about Gwinnett and in particular, Lawrenceville on FB. Thank you for your service.

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