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Bradley Thompson

Bradley Lance Thompson

Friday, October 30th, 2020
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Bradley Lance Thompson passed on Friday, October 30th, 2020 at the age of 58. He fought a brave battle with bladder cancer since his diagnosis in January of 2018. He was born on August 6, 1962 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Brad was the fourth child born to Dematrice and Enos Thompson of Michigan.

Brad was a student of Michigan State University. He was able to do anything he put his mind to and was blessed to have had amazing jobs throughout his career, like Keebler, The Rapid, Devos Place, the Ada Post Office, and lastly Peckham. He loved God and the Adventist ministry; he was an active member of the Bethel SDA church and served as Head Elder until his passing. He would often pull up hymnals on his phone and sing them throughout the day. He spoke his mind often and when it came to bible scriptures, he always enjoyed discussing the word of God. His ability to retain and process information was astounding.

Although he spent most of his life in Grand Rapids, Brad also lived in Indianapolis, Indiana, South Haven, Michigan, Houston, Texas, and San Luis Obispo, California. His favorite place to visit was Chicago, Illinois. His hobbies included stargazing, all things airplanes, the latest tech gadgets, music, and sports. He lived life to the fullest every chance he got, and did it with style.

Brad was preceded in death by his parents and one brother; Maynard “Eric” Thompson. He is survived by his beloved wife of 35 years, Harriette; loving daughters, Adrienne (Damascus) Mosley of MI., and Angela (D’Vaun) Wells of CO; loving siblings, Valerie Thompson and Averill Thompson of MI., Charles (Gina) Thompson and Terence (Tracy) Thompson of Florida; three grandchildren: Ariana & Tatiana Mosley and Demetri Wells; sister-in-law, Shiron Thompson of MI.; beloved brother-in-law, Sam Howard of MI., and close childhood friends, Jahan Spearman of MI., and Greg Spearman of NC. He also leaves behind a host of cousins, nieces, nephews, and dear friends.

On Tuesday, November 10, 2020, relatives and friends may greet the family from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm. The service will follow. Both will take place, at Ofield Funeral Home at 4500 Kalamazoo Ave., S.E., Kentwood, Michigan, 49508. Due to Covid-19, seating for the service is limited and masks are required for entry (extras are available at Ofield).

The family would like to thank Spectrum Health Cancer Center for their compassionate care during Brad’s illness. We would like to thank Faith Hospice for making him comfortable at home during his brief time with them. We are also thankful to Simply Cremation/Ofield Funeral Home for their after-life care and services. For those who continue to reach out to the family with prayers, flowers, cards and gifts, we are grateful for your kindness which is not taken for granted. Elder Brad Thompson will be greatly missed.
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Lisa McFletcher

Posted at 10:26am
My Cousin Brad gave the best hugs! It was like having your own life size Teddy Bear! I will miss him. Love Lisa
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Clifford Leslie Thompson

Posted at 06:15pm
We will all miss him. These flowers are our gift. My prayers continue for you and my cousins.
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Charles Thompson

Posted at 08:41am
There is a giant hole in my heart from the passing of my beloved brother Brad. Over the years, I've called him Bradley, BT, Brad, even (for some reason) Smutley (which, remarkably, he didn't mind at all), but I never called him "little brother." We were always equal partners. Besides, he didn't act like a little brother. Brad started winning all our chess matches when he was nine and I was 14. It was maddening. He was a better high school student, too. I used to think I was smart until I met that guy.

But where Brad really exceeded in age and wisdom was with his spirituality. Brad wasn't perfect (who is?), but he became a trusted spiritual advisor to me, and I can credit him, along with my wife Gina, with saving me, and because of them and the grace of God, I now know I'll see Brad again in Heaven. Brad was a tireless warrior for God, even as cancer ravaged his body.

When I think of Brad in the future, I'll rarely think of his disease. I'll think of how we constantly cracked each other up. Of how he looked up to me, and how I equally looked up to him and sought his counsel. Of our shared love for Frisbee, pretty much all sports, technology, and Jesus. Of his bravery and stoicism when things got really tough. Of his razor-sharp intellect. Of his calming voice. Of how we didn't waste any opportunity to tell each other how much we loved and admired each other.

I love my brother Brad with all my heart. I miss him so much already.
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