With deepest sorrow, Anthony Jay Thompson, Jr. "Ant", age 17, a beloved son, brother, family member and friend passed away Monday, April 12, 2021. At the time of his passing, he was attending Austin East High School in his junior year. He was a former employee of Wal Mart Stores.
Anthony, Jr. had given his life to Christ and was baptized on August 17, 2014 at Saint John's Church. A very bright young boy from the start, his light shinned in the lives of everyone who knew him. His actions far exceeded his words; when he loved you he definitely displayed it. He was a loyal person especially to his friends. His friends would say he was a "once in a lifetime" friend.
Ant was also very athletic. He took to sports at an early age. Ant played many sports but his first love and passion was basketball. Rarely was he ever seen without a ball in his hands. Ant played for the Falcons, CCYSP/ Tennessee Elite, B Maze and Team Sleepy. These teams were his on the court family. Much credit and appreciation is given to Cliff Reynolds, Larry "Scrap" Roe, Tony Martin and Marlon "Sleepy" Nelson for molding Ant's talent and mentoring him. Ant was a champion at heart! He was named All-County in his 8th grade year at Holston Middle School. As a freshman at Bearden High School, he helped the basketball team win the County Championship. Indeed he loved being on the court but aspirations of becoming a rapper were very close at heart too. He enjoyed being in the studio with a mic in hand. Anthony had a promising future and " a plan." After graduation, he planned to attend college and pursue a degree in Physical Therapy.
Preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Willard and Mary Helen Robinson; maternal great grandparents, John and Lasta Winston; uncle, Tommy Winston; paternal grandparents, Mary Ann Funches and Tommy Thompson, Sr.; paternal great grandparents, Herbert and Georgia Lou Williams; aunts, Treese Thompson and Patricia "Angel" Howard and infant sister, Natasha Thompson.
Left to cherish his memory and seek justice for him are his devoted mother, Chanada Robinson (Tony); father, Anthony J. Thompson, Sr.; siblings, Adaisha Robinson, Aniya Thompson, Aion Morrison, Anthron Thompson and Trayvon Thompson; step siblings, Tonia, Anyra, Jadarius, Michael, Armani and Amari; niece, Aaliyah; aunts, Judy Winton and Angela Elder; uncles, Tommy Jr. (Karen) and Michael Thompson, Sr. and Thomas Elder; devoted friends who were like brothers, Graylan, Duke and Aaron; a host of other family and friends too numerous to name.
Thursday, April 22, 2021, a public walkthrough is scheduled from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Overcoming Believers Church, 211 Harriet Tubman Street, Knoxville, TN. Social distancing and face coverings are required. A service to follow with Pastor Daryl W. Arnold, Senior Pastor and Bishop Kevin A. Perry as the eulogist. Interment at Mount Olive Cemetery where a white dove release will conclude the service. During this time, we will remain in compliance with the Governor’s Executive Order No. 17 (COVID-19). All expressions of love may be delivered to the church the morning of the walkthrough. Service will be live-streamed at Facebook.com/ Pug Fuller Video. Professional arrangements entrusted to Patton Funeral Home, Brian L. Buckmon, LFD, 1-800-824-8283 or www.pattonfuneralhome1962.com.
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