Doris Rhyne Thompson (2018-08-16 13:28:51)

Doris Rhyne Thompson, age 91 of Spruce Pine, died Monday, August 13, 2018 at the Blue Ridge Regional Health Center in Spruce Pine.

Born on August 30, in Spruce Pine, she was the daughter of the late Jesse Will Rhyne and Effie Mae Turbyfill Rhyne. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 57 years, Robert (Bob) Dale Thompson, Sr; sisters, Jessie Peterson, Frances Willis, Alice Pittman, Lucille Burleson, and brother Ronald Rhyne.

Doris taught 2nd grade in Charlotte, Lincolnton and Spruce Pine for 30 years. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Mars Hill College and Appalachian State Teachers College.

She was a member of First Baptist Church of Spruce Pine where she was active in Sunday School, Vacation Bible School, Women’s Prayer and Bible Study groups, greeter, Bethlehem Market Place and other church activities. She also enjoyed being active in Mitchell County Retired Teachers Association, Red Hat Society, Mitchell County Homemakers, Mitchell Historical Society, and numerous local charities. Her favorite travel experiences included a trip to the Holy Land and visiting all 50 states.

Left to cherish her memories are her children, Robert Thompson, Jr and wife, Teresa of Summit, NJ; Marsha Whitson and husband, Ronnie of Spruce Pine; Gregg Thompson and wife Nancy of Raleigh; her grandchildren Robert III, Jose’, Grey, Reid and Molly, her brother, Harold Rhyne (Beth); step-grandchildren Amy Moore and husband Brad; and many nieces and nephews.

The visitation with the family will be Thursday, August 16th from 6:00pm-8:00pm at Spruce Pine First Baptist Church. A service celebrating her life will also be held at Spruce Pine First Baptist Church on Friday, August 17th at 11:00am. The service will be officiated by Dr. Rocky Branch and Dr. David Vess. Interment will follow at the Spruce Pine Memorial Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers the family request that memorial donations be made to the Doris Rhyne Thompson Scholarship Fund for Elementary Education Majors, addressed to Spruce Pine United Methodist Church, 11090 Hwy. 226 South, Spruce Pine, NC 28777; Attn. Mr. Tim Drum.

Words of comfort may be emailed to the family by going to;, selecting Doris Thompson’s name and then you may sign her guestbook. Webb Funeral Home in Spruce Pine, NC is assisting the Thompson family.

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