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Mrs. Ethel (Thompson) French

September 23, 1948 ~ July 17, 2021 (age 72)


“I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course. I have kept the faith.”
(2 Timothy 4:8)

On Saturday, July 17, 2021, God reached out his hand and called his daughter, Ethel Nora Lee Thompson French home. He saw she was weary, tired and that her work here was finished.

Ethel French was born on September 23, 1948 in Fairmont, NC to the late Orange Titus Thompson and Annie Caroline Floyd Thompson. She graduated from South Side High School in Rowland, NC. Ethel earned her Associates Degree from Southeastern Community College in Whiteville, NC. She worked for and retired from the Department of Social Services as a Data Entry Specialist.

Ethel accepted Christ at a young age at Hilly Branch Baptist Church in Lumberton, NC. On June 17, 1978, Ethel was joined in holy matrimony to the love of her life, James Lee French III (Bunny).  Upon marriage, she joined Sandy Grove Baptist Church in Lumberton, NC.

Ethel was a loving and faithful devoted wife, mother, sister, aunt, and friend. She was compassionate and defined by her giving spirit. Ethel was always helping others, without wanting praises and recognition.

Ethel leaves to cherish her memories: Her husband: James Lee French III (Bunny) of the home. Daughters: Patrice Thompson of Greenville, NC and Danielle French of Charlotte, NC. Son: James Lee French IV of Charlotte, NC.  Two grand dogs: Chance and Nina Thompson of Greenville, NC.

Sisters: Shirlene Thompson of Fairmont, NC; Ann Tolbert (James) of Suitland, MD; Reverend Denise Thompson of Fairmont, NC. Brothers: Larry Thompson (Shirley) of Upper Marlboro, MD; Greg Thompson of Landover, Maryland. Sisters-in-law: Phyllis Sinclair (Elton) Landover, MD and Cynthia French (Joseph) of Detroit, Michigan. She also leaves behind a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

Ethel was preceded in death by her parents Titus and Annie Thompson.  Mother and father in law James and Josephine French Jr.  Brother: Neil Thompson. Brother-In-Law: Joseph French. 

Ethel will be remembered for her kind heart. She had a deep willingness to help others and a genuine love and desire to honor God. She leaves the legacy behind of being a true worshipper.  Her favorite places to be were in the inner court in God’s presence and spending time with her family.

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July 28, 2021

11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Sandy Grove Baptist Church
1601 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive
Lumberton, NC 28358
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Celebration of Life
July 28, 2021

12:00 PM
Sandy Grove Baptist Church
1601 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive
Lumberton, NC 28358
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