Kirby Lee Thompson
1956 - 2023
Kirby Lee Thompson, 67, of Lewisville, North Carolina passed away on September 4, 2023, after a lengthy illness. Kirby was born February 2, 1956, in Welch, West Virginia. He was the son of James Vance “Jimmie” Thompson and Rita Virginia Cook Thompson. He spent most of his life in Pineville and relocated to North Carolina in 2014 to be near his nieces.
Growing up, Kirby was surrounded by family. Grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins were always nearby. He was one of only two male cousins and enjoyed trips to the farm in Greenbrier County and fishing there.
As a teenager, Kirby suffered a spinal cord injury from a motorcycle accident which left him paralyzed below his waist. After many months of rehabilitation, Kirby returned home to graduate from Pineville High School in 1974, where he received a standing ovation.
Kirby never let his disability hinder him in any way. He lived an independent and productive life, doing almost everything for himself. He drove, rode ATV’s, played pool, and attended concerts. Things were often difficult, but he always found a way to participate.
Kirby also worked full-time. He retired from the West Virginia Mine Safety and Health Administration in 2009 after 32 years of service.
Kirby liked classic rock, classic cars, and classic movies. A big television fan, he enjoyed watching college football and basketball, true crime documentaries, and the news. In North Carolina, he participated in several charity poker tournaments and was always eager to try new restaurants. He also discovered Amazon Prime, online grocery shopping, and food delivery.
Kirby was preceded in death by his parents, sister Jennifer “Jennie” Thompson Nichols, and his beloved Tomcat, Bubba. Surviving relatives include nieces Kelly Nichols Everhart and Shannon Nichols of Pfafftown, NC, and special nephew Steven Everhart of Lewisville, NC.
The family would like to thank Brenda and Gary Browning for looking after Kirby in West Virginia and John Staton for being such a good friend to him in North Carolina.
Special thanks also to Jay and the staff at Trellis Supportive Care and Village Care of King.