Dr. Frank Alan Thompson

dr. frank thompson

November 4, 1948 ~ December 4, 2022

Born in: High Point, NC
Resided in: Chapel Hill, NC

Dr. Frank Alan Thompson passed away Sunday, December 4, 2022, at Pardee Hospital in Hendersonville, NC. He was surrounded by his family. Among other places, he had resided in Chapel Hill, NC and Simpsonville, SC, but his true home was in the presence of God. He was 74 years old.

A native of High Point, NC, Frank was a son of the late John Franklin and Frances Jones Thompson. He played football and ran track at East Forsyth High School in Kernersville, NC, and continued to enjoy sports throughout his life. As an enthusiastic fan of the UNC Tar Heels, he likely hastened the replacement of much carpeting due to his legendary pacing during games. He was a graduate of the medical school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and provided care as a gastrointestinal specialist and internist for over 40 years, most recently at his clinic in Manchester, GA.

Frank was a beloved father, adored husband, compassionate physician, and loyal friend. There was no question that he loved the Lord and shared that love through both words and service to everyone he knew. He mercilessly teased, relentlessly challenged, occasionally frustrated, utterly delighted, and profoundly loved his family. His children never had reason to doubt the grace that was extended to them, and it is beyond any writer’s ability to describe the love he and his wife shared.

Surviving are his wife, Paula Fish Thompson; children, Lauralea Edwards (Stephen), Andy Thompson (Amy), Jennifer Daniels (Calvin), Kristofer Thompson, Eve Marie Thompson, and Travis Thompson (Brett). He is also survived by 10 grandchildren, Traci, Aleysha, Jakeva, and Acasia Daniels; Eliana and Annabelle Edwards; Grace and Fiona Thompson; and June and Franklin Thompson; 8 great-grandchildren; and a brother, Van Thompson (Judy) of Kernersville, NC.

Funeral services will be held on Sunday, December 11, at 2:00 pm at Trinity Baptist Church, 216 Shelburne Rd, Asheville, NC. Pastor Emeritus Dr. Ralph Sexton, Jr. will be officiating. The family will receive friends following the services at the church.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial tributes be made in the form of charitable gifts to Crossfire Ministries (https://crossfireministry.com) or Hearts With Hands (https://www.heartswithhands.org).

Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian is assisting the family.


Funeral Service: December 11, 2022 2:00 pm

Trinity Baptist Church of Asheville
216 Shelburne Rd.
Asheville, NC 28806


Funeral Home Assisting The Family:

Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian
72 Long Shoals Road
Arden, NC 28704


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  1. Doc was a great person you could talk to he would listen and has went out of his way to help people I’m going to miss him
    Mrs Paula my prayers and love are with you and you family.
    Gene Chambers

  2. I am so very sorry for your loss. Prayers for comfort Dr. Thompson was my Momma’s Doctor back in the 80’s in Asheville. He always took very good care of her until she passed.

  3. There are no words that could ever express the love, respect and gratitude we feel for this special, one of a kind, amazing, indescribable man, Dad, Dr. & friend.

    He always asked “What can I do for you”. His life was dedicated to serving and helping. He wanted to know what you were thinking. He listened and truly cared. Very often his first question when I approached him was “Tell me something”! I cherish our spiritual conversations & miss our walks on Crowder Rd. together.

    The Lord worked through him to touch, heal & help save lives. One last statement he proclaimed frequently, “It’s all about God. It’s not about us”. We feel your strong presence in our hearts. We love & honor you.

  4. I hate that I can’t see your face except through pictures on my phone. But I love how looking at them makes me feel inside. I hate that a body you spent so much of your younger days exercising, betrayed you in the end. I hate that you were ready when I was not. But I LOVE that you waited until you got His Grace. I love that you’ve finally found a house you can truly call home =). I hate trying to answer the question about how I’m holding up. But I’m holding up.

    I can still hear your voice loud and clear. I miss hearing you clear your throat sitting at the dining room table while studying your CMEs. I miss being needed by you, asking for help with your iPhone. I miss drinking beer with you. I miss having meals with you. I miss hearing your stories over and over and over again, and over again. I miss hearing my kids shout PAPOU when they saw you for the first time every day; zombie girls won’t be the same.

    I’m glad I could make you proud of me. Thank you for going above and beyond to let me know just how proud of me you were. Thank you for spending your last year in my home; it was my honor to host you and your family. Thank you for the life lessons. Thank you for providing. Thank you for teaching me about the Word of God. Thank you for the countless hours spent praying over me and my family. Thank you for so many memories I hold very close to my heart.

    Gone, not forgotten.
    Home, having fought the good fight.
    Loved, forever more.

  5. At age thirty-six I was the mother of two small children when I lost my husband, and became mentally and physically broken. Dr. Thompson saved my life during this tragic time, and I’m forever grateful.

    Mrs. Thompson and family, I pray for comfort and peace during this sad and difficult time, and please know others share your grief.

    “Well done, good and faithful servant.” Matthew 25:21

  6. Dr. Thompson was more than a good man, family man, and mentor.. he was truly an angel on earth. Sometimes my grandfather was the only person who I could talk to about life. He taught me so many life lessons I will never forget. He taught me to work hard, and pray harder. And for that I am forever grateful God blessed my family with such an angel. I will miss him everyday until I get to join him in Heaven. I love you so much Papaw. I can’t wait to see you again one day. I know you are dancing in the sky.

    “Well done, good and faithful servant.” Matthew 25:21

  7. I’m lucky enough to remember when Paula met Alan. I was able to see their love for one another as it grew day by day. As a doctor he cared for many of our family members including my Mom. He was there when I needed guidance. I don’t think I ever thanked him for that. He also took care of My Papaw. I will never forget his kindness. Paula you and all the kids and grandkids are in my thoughts and prayers. ❤️

  8. I grew up on the same block as Alan in Kernersville NC. He was always kind and upbeat. He was one of the older guys in the neighborhood that I looked up to as a role model. I am not surprised to read such amazing tributes to him. I will add that his mother was a saintly woman and was a person of great faith and kindness. My sympathy to the whole family and to Van, who is also a cherished old friend.

    Jim Apple

  9. Today is December 17th, we met for the first time on this date. It was a mutual dislike which we verbalized often and continued for months.
    Words can’t describe our life/love. You could always speak from the heart regarding others, yet when it came to your heart and emotions words were often left unspoken.
    Below is the last note you left for me. I cherish your words. I Love you Doc ❤

    “Why you? Why “you and me”
    We were chosen by Him. We are divinely combined and arranged with respect, passion, love, but chiefly by His will. Unfortunately, a few poorly chosen words by me have cast doubt where the test of time we have spent loving one another speaks lowly and gets muffled in the background. At the time- neither you nor I really understood what was happening. Love is born from a seed from above. When I said “I love you ” it was because I knew you better to open my eyes to the beginning of a lasting romance, all masterminded from above. (Little did we know @ the time;
    at first we fought. Used unkind words directed at the other)
    But divine appointment won out.
    I loved you then, I love you now, I will love you forever ❤” Alan

  10. I met doctor T twenty years ago at WSMC. He had the most loving and caring heart of anyone I had met at that hospital. He loved his patients and had a wonderful caring bed side manner. He never just ask a patient what was bothering them without sitting with them and listening to what they had to say(even while napping😊) and he would always tell them, If I cant fix it ,I will find a doc who can. I always enjoyed working with him and listening to him talk about his family and what they meant to him. He also loved to talk about his belief in our lord and savior and how great Trump was. Working in Nursing home, Dr.T always trusted my judgement with his residents and would tell the other nurses he only wanted to talk with Bass. He was a great doctor and friend. I will always cherish his kind words, wisdom and jokes he had on a daily, but most of all, that big heart he had for everyone. He will be greatly missed! Love and prayers to Mrs. Paula and family.

  11. Dr.T what is a wonderful man, Dr, and a wonderful friend to me! Yes, he was my doctor, but we also worked together for over 20 years! He helped me through a lot of rough times! He was always there for me! More than just a doctor, but very kind understanding man! I admired his faith in God, and he has led me to have faith in God myself! He always told me that, even though it seemed like the worst thing that could happen that God had this! God works in mysterious ways he would say !! I learned a lot from him. Thank you, Dr Thompson I love you! Love, Leslie.

  12. It’s impossible to describe the love, thoughts and feelings for this man of God. That’s because the spiritual cannot be appropriately explained or expressed and the Holy Spirit truly moved mightily in him.

    We all learned so much from him, as he poured out wisdom & knowledge in every conversation. Anyone who really knew him & spent time with him can testify to his very special uniqueness.

    Our lives were enriched beyond measure to have him as the head of our family.

  13. I’ll start by saying I love you, and miss you dearly…. Time is so fragile but I will always keep the precious memories with me with you being the best papaw ever. Even though my parents taught me a lot in life I’ll always keep with me that you and nanny put me and keva to a test one summer to say “yes ma’am no ma’am, no sir yes sir” (even tho you said 100$ for it lol) something so simple you helped me as a kid it just made me the person I am today and I say it to EVERYONE and I’ll will take that with me forever. You worked so hard every day but you still came to make us “papaw burgers” when you got off and worked out. So many memories I want to put so I can look back and read but it would be a book. I never got a chance to tell you how much you inspired me to be great in life but I’ll be sure to let you see it. I love you forever Doc, my favorite papaw!

  14. I first met Dr. Thompson when I was a teenager. From that moment on I admired him and knew he was a man to look up to. I feel very blessed to have known someone so kind, generous, helpful to others, always giving good advice and wanting what’s best for your life. He served, looking for nothing in return.

    I want to say thank you for truly being a wonderful role model to me and so many others.

  15. Alan was my brother-in-law but he was also my friend. Van and I travelled to places that we would have never gone had it not been for he and Paula’s insistence. He was a man of God…..not a perfect man, but like King David, he was a man after God’s own heart. He lived on the mission field because his physician practice was where he served the Lord. Many lives were saved because he introduced them to the real healer…..Jesus. His skill set was loaded with abilities……Son, Brother, Father, Husband, Grandfather, Great Grandfather, Friend, Doctor, Counselor, and Healer. Praise God for the time he was with us here on this earth but for those of us who are believers in Christ and who believe the Word (Holy Bible), we shall meet again. None of us will be in pain so his physician services won’t be needed there. We can all just rejoice, sing and praise as we gather together for eternity. I’m so glad I knew him and loved him. I was fortunate to have been a part of his family.

  16. To Mrs. Paula, Thompson family and friends. I sure miss doctor Thompson. He was my friend and doc. We had many years together when I worked at hospital and as his patient. He will be missed.

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