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Thompson Sales co-owner dies

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George Thompson III, co-owner of Springfield car dealership Thompson Sales Co., died Dec. 12. He was 69.

Thompson’s cause of death was not identified in his obituary at, and his brother, Thompson Sales co-owner Lynn Thompson, could not be reached for comment by deadline.

Registered by George Thompson III, Thompson Sales’ Missouri secretary of state business filing also lists board members Lynn Thompson, Carole Hodge, Tyler Thompson and George Thompson IV. George Thompson III is listed as company chairman in the March 29 registration report.

According to his obituary, Thompson worked for the family business for 49 years, including time as co-dealer and CEO. Thompson Sales will start its 99th year in business on Jan. 1.

“Thompson moved to a new level with George's astute business sense and his care and concern for his employees,” the obituary reads. “He was second to none in making business decisions.”

At 1555 E. Independence St., the dealership sells new Buick, GMC and Cadillac vehicles, as well as used Audi, BMW and Chevrolet models, according to its website.

In addition to his work at Thompson Sales, George Thompson III had past experience as a board member for the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce and Hickory Hills Country Club, among other organizations. He also was a lifetime member of the Drury University Board of Trustees, according to his obituary.

A visitation is scheduled for 5 p.m. tomorrow at Gorman Scharpf Funeral Home, followed by a 10 a.m. Dec. 16 memorial service at the 1947 E. Seminole St. funeral home, according to the obituary.

In a Facebook post, Lost & Found Grief Center issued condolences to the Thompson family on behalf of its new executive director, Emily Givens, who’s also George Thompson III’s daughter.

“This is a close-knit family who have all worked together most of their lives,” the post reads. “They are feeling this loss so deeply, but they are pulling together to support each other.”

The post has gathered 30 comments and 112 reactions.


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