Obituary: Craig Bennett Thompson

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Craig Bennett Thompson – 1964 – 2018 (Photo courtesy Leslie Thompson)

Craig Bennett Thompson, beloved husband, cherished friend, entrepreneur, singer, skydiver, mighty man of valor, and son of God, passed away suddenly on July 6, 2018. Craig embraced life with unrivaled passion and made friends everywhere he went. He was a unique, kind, and gifted man who used his humor, talents, and love of Jesus to invite people into authentic relationship. Once a person entered Craig’s world, they were a friend for life.

An eager learner and natural leader, Craig also had a remarkable gift for reinvention. Following his service in the United States Navy, which included three years traveling throughout Japan as a sumo wrestler, Craig explored careers in the hotel industry and software sales before pursuing his dream of becoming a big band singer. As the front man for Big T & the Bada-Bings, he entertained audiences from Texas to Tokyo, and performed in London at the Golden Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II. His musical pursuits led to the divine appointment of meeting his wife, Leslie, who was both the love of his life and his business partner. Together, Craig and Leslie explored numerous entrepreneurial ventures, from running a small retail store to launching two online television networks, designing websites, and developing mobile applications. In 2014, Craig created GlobalVideoHQ, one of the first companies in the DFW Metroplex to provide aerial photography and videography with drones. The venture also provided the pretext for Craig to earn his pilot’s license, the realization of another lifelong dream.

Perhaps his greatest passion, however, was serving in prison ministry. For the past several years, Craig traveled four hours round-trip almost every Wednesday to share a time of worship, teaching, and small group discussion with offenders at the Powledge Unit in Palestine, Texas. His willingness to be transparent about his own life’s struggles opened the door for others to experience healing, and led hundreds of men into a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ.

Craig’s love for the Lord and his compassion for people from every walk of life was evident to all. Although he was a natural-born entertainer, he focused on making others feel valued, and to be a “living bridge of hope.” As one friend posted on his Facebook timeline, “The Craig I knew never sought the limelight, but rather was a shining angel full of belly rolling laughter, a quick wit, and an enveloping embrace.” He was a mentor to many and a brother to countless more. Craig leaves a legacy of love and generosity that spans the globe and will live on for generations.

Craig is survived by his adoring wife of 14 years, Leslie; his mother Ann Bailey; his sister Laura Badger; his nephew Chad White and niece Tessa Maynard. He is preceded in death by his father, Bill Thompson, and sister, Toni White. Services will be held this Saturday, July 14th, at The Branch Church – Vista Ridge, 3601 Huffines, Carrollton, TX 75010 at 4:00pm. All are welcome.

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