Robert Lorn Thompson

Robert Lorn Thompson

Suffolk, VA
07.30.1954 - 07.09.2019
Atlanta, GA
Served in the

Lieutenant Colonel Robert Lorn Thompson, USMC Ret., 64, died peacefully in his Suffolk, VA home on July 9, 2019. Robert was affectionately known as Bob by his friends and loved ones.

Bob was born on July 30, 1954 in Atlanta, Georgia to Gene and Suzy Thompson. After graduating from Forest Park High School, he went on to obtain his Bachelor’s Degree from Georgia State University while also serving as a Marine Corps Reservist. He married Melissa Lamb in 1977 in Forest Park, Georgia and in1978 he graduated from USMC Officer Candidate School in Quantico, VA. While on active duty he also obtained a Master’s Degree in Computer Science from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

During his 26 years as a proud U.S. Marine he had the opportunity to serve his country in duty stations in the U.S. and overseas. He served as the commanding officer of the 8th Communications Battalion as part of the II Marine Expeditionary Force headquartered at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. His career as a U.S. Marine was highlighted by numerous meritorious achievements including the Defense Superior Service Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal and the Navy Commendation Medal.

Throughout his life, he was a faithful follower of Jesus Christ serving as a mentor, teacher and deacon. He was devoted to sharing Christ and authored five books including Grace Evangelism and A Closer Look devotional series.  

He is survived by his wife, Melissa; daughter, Kelly; sons, Gene and wife Dana and his grandson, Grayson; John and wife Erin; Stephen; sisters, Karen Masters and Sandy Taylor; brother Tony Mrozinski and wife Kaye; three nieces and five nephews.  He is preceded in death by his parents, Gene and Suzy. 

A viewing and visitation will be held at 10:00 AM, July 11, 2019 at Liberty Spring Christian Church, 4213 Whaleyville Blvd, Suffolk, VA 23434 followed by the service at 11:00 AM.  A graveside service will be held at 1:00 PM at Albert G. Horton, Jr. Memorial Veterans Cemetery. R.W. Baker & Co. Funeral Home and Crematory, 509 W. Washington St. Suffolk VA 23434 is serving the family. Condolences may be registered at

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Liberty Spring Christian Church
4213 Whaleyville Blvd
Suffolk, VA 23434
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Liberty Spring Christian Church
4213 Whaleyville Blvd.
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We pray for Gene's family that God would give them strength and courage during this critical time. Beautiful testimony of your father man of many Accolades & Accomplished personality.

Thanks & Regards,

Ron Mustala

A dear friend, mentor, and brother-in-Christ to us since the late '70s. Bob excelled in his military and private sector careers, his family (being a husband, father, and grandfather), his friendships. But he treasured nothing more than his walk with Jesus Christ - he encouraged those he knew as Christ-Followers to do the same, and he compassionately encouraged those without that faith to consider all the claims of Christ. He is now complete and with the Lord and Saviour he served so well. We will miss him greatly, but look forward to that eternal reunion. To God Alone be the Glory!

Stan & Laurie Thigpen

Bob and Melissa’s family ate in my prayers for comfort and peace. I am so grateful for the friendship I shared with Bob over many years. I know he is with our Savior now.

Toni Green

Remembering the family gatherings, holidays, foods, the Bobby to do list always waiting from Chung Ai, and the many many laughs and good times. Our memories are solid and will never fade ... never. Love you


Lifting up in prayer Melissa and all of the family at this time. So very thankful that the Lord allowed us to know Bob and all of the family when we all lived in Northern Virginia. Bob will always be remembered as a Christian man who lived his faith in our Lord Jesus, and as a proud Marine and loving husband and father. May the Lord give all of the family that peace that passes all understanding. We will see him again in Heaven.

Valerie & David Cardillo

Melissa and children, your Liberty Spring family feel a huge loss today as we know you do. Bob was a constant source of inspiration as he fought the battle with cancer, never giving up hope, always positive and encouraging and never failed to say, he knew he would be healed one day. It might not be on earth but he would be healed in heaven. No matter how weak he was, he always wanted to continue with his responsibilities at church and remained a mentor and a leader right up until his death. Bob loved his family and bragged about all of you. He loved his church family and Sunday School class and never failed to show his love for all of us. I feel extremely blessed to have been a part of his life for a season, and I praise God for his faithfulness to Bob. My prayers remain with all of you.

Jenny Pearce

Semper Fi Sir.

William Tyler

Dear Melissa & family, Bob was such a wonderful husband, father, friend, Marine, and mentor to so many. We had the pleasure of serving with him in the Marines and in Sunday school. He will be missed tremendously. He fought the good fight and lived life with such a positive attitude. When he arrived in heaven, I can hear Jesus say "Well done my good and faithful servant" because that's the kind of christian Bob was. Prayers and hugs to your whole family.

Sandy & Pat Dulin

I did not personally know Mr. Thompson however I am a coworker of Kelly’s. After reading this beautiful epistle I now understand where Kelly gets her sweet spirt! I want to send my most deepest and sincere condolences to you all during this tough time. May you all find comfort in Gods arms as his love surrounds each and every one of you. Psalms 46:1 - God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.


Melissa and Family, Bob was one of the greatest teachers, mentors and friend I ever had. He will have many crowns to cast for his faithful witness and service that he gladly and sincerely provided to all who he came into contact with. The lives that he touched and changed, including mine, will be many miles long in Heaven. It was truly an honor and privilege to have been his friend. May the Lord comfort and keep you and your family during this difficult time. We love you all.
Rob and Tina

Rob and Tina Harris

It was a beautiful service. Deepest sympathy to your family.

Sid Neighbours

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