Billy Lang Thompson

Born on July 26, 1932

Departed on January 30, 2021 and resided in West Nashville, TN

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Billy Lang Thompson was born on July 26, 1932 near Wheelerton, Tennessee to Claude Cebern Thompson and Myrtie Mae Thompson. He moved to Nashville where he met his wife Ihla Lorene Pratt. They were married on February 8, 1958.


Bill and Lorene were long-term residents of the Sylvan Park neighborhood in Nashville. They were close friends with Helen and Homer Coggin in the Charlotte Park neighborhood and June and Earl Colgan, also in Sylvan Park. He is a veteran of the U.S. Army and owned a small neighborhood television repair business. For much of his career, Bill worked at the Ford Glass plant in West Nashville, retiring in 1997.


He is preceded in death by his wife Lorene, his daughter Terri Lynn Veach, his sisters Decie Thompson Massey, Muriel Thompson Helton, Myrtle Thompson Gilliam, Emma Jean Thompson Crutchfield, and brothers Elma Thompson and James Edward Thompson. He is survived by his daughter Donna Lea Thompson Perry, son David Lang Thompson, sisters-in-law Helen Pratt Coggin and Eleanor Thompson, sons-in-law Rex Perry and Johnny Veach and Steve Scarborough, life partner to David Thompson.


A public graveside service will be on Thursday, February 4, 2021, at 1:00PM, at Harpeth Hills Memory Gardens (Garden of Atonement). There will be no visitation prior to the service.

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4 Comments to Mr. Billy Lang Thompson

  1. BILL THOMPSON says:

    I met Bill back in the late 50S we both worked at ford and he worked on my tv we became good FRIENDS IT WAS ODD BOTH OF US WAS A BILL WAS AN HONEST MAN I KNOW THEY PUT MY CHECK IN HIS ACCOUNT AND HE CALLED AND SAID SO PRAYERS TO THE FAMILY RIP MY FRIEND

  2. Susan Long Oliver says:

    David and Donna,

    I am sorry to hear of your precious daddy’s death. I have fond memories of your parents. I will be thinking about you tomorrow.


  3. Tim & Sharon Banks says:

    The Banks family is very sad to hear of Bill’s death. He and Lorene were our dear neighbors on Nevada Avenue in the 90’s when our children were very young. We have many precious memories of Bill and “Thompson”, as our young children called them. One of my favorites is when Bill dressed up like an alien for a Halloween party at our house one year. We have a picture of that and other happy times with he and Lorene. Our deepest sympathy to the family. ❤️

  4. Nick Bailey says:

    David and Donna, I was so sorry to hear about your Dad’s passing. I remember him being such a good father to you both as well as Terri. When we were all young children running around together, I can’t recall a single time I ever heard him say a bad thing about anyone. He was a good man and I know you will miss him. I was sorry that I couldn’t attend his graveside service, but I will keep your family in my prayers.

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