James Thompson dead at 82


Dr. James H. Thompson was such an integral part of Dove Broadcasting that his lying in state visitation is going to be at one of the two television stations he put on the air. Jimmy, as he preferred to be called, died Monday (5/30) at age 82, following months of declining health and the death of his wife, Joanne, in March.

Thompson was the founder of WGGS-TV Greenville, SC in 1972, where he hosted the Christian station’s flagship “Nite Line” program for over 35 years, and WATC-TV Atlanta, which has been on the air for 15 years.

Visitation will be Wednesday evening (6/1), 6:00-8:00 pm, at the WGGS studios in Taylors, SC. Funeral services will be Thursday (6/2) at 3:00 pm at Faith Temple Church in Taylors, where Thompson had been the founding pastor.

“Rev. Thompson’s impact in Christian television goes beyond Greenville, South Carolina and Atlanta, Georgia,” said the obituary posted on the station’s website. “Through the ministry outreach of Dove Broadcasting, Rev. Thompson mentored Christian broadcasters throughout the world.”