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Jeannine Thompson, of Mooresville, a former educator with the Kern High School District, died Monday morning, May 10, in Asheboro, NC of natural causes. A member of the Mooresville High School Class of '52 and graduate of the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill and an avid Tarheel, Thompson, 86, began her teaching career in Asheboro, NC and moved to Bakersfield, CA in 1960 where she had a 35 year career as counselor and administrator, becoming the first female principal in the history of Kern High School District. She was inducted into Bakersfield's Stockdale High School's first Athletic Hall of Fame in 2019.
An active member in her youth of Mooresville's Central United Methodist Church, Thompson continued her affiliation at First United Methodist Church in Bakersfield where she sang in the choir. Popular among staff and students, Thompson, a noted photographer, was omnipresent at athletic and academic events taking pictures of her students performing and succeeding.
Thompson moved to her native North Carolina in 2013 to be closer to family. She is preceded in death by her father, Joe Thompson; mother, Virginia Gabriel Thompson; and brother, Dr. J. Wayne Thompson, all of Mooresville, NC. She is survived by her sister-in-law, Elizabeth Thompson, of Asheboro; her niece, Lory Beth Huffman; and her nephews, Tyre Thompson, Jeffrey Thompson, and Gary Thompson. Family will hold a Celebration of Life Service at First United Methodist Church in Asheboro, NC on May 22 at 11:00 am and a graveside service at Glenwood Memorial Park in Mooresville, NC, on May 23 at 2:00 pm. Services will be officiated by Reverend Lynda Ferguson, Reverend Edward Ramsey, Reverend Don Haynes, and Reverend Lory Beth Huffman. Memorials can be sent to Central United Methodist Church, 214 North Academy St., Mooresville, NC 28115, 704-664-5429.