Obituary for Nora Rachel Vanhoy Thompson

Nora Rachel Vanhoy Thompson, age 95, earned her wings to enter Heaven on Monday, August 10, 2020, at FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital in Pinehurst.

Mrs. Thompson, lovingly known as “Mama, Goo, Nora, Aunt Nora, Grandma, and Memee”, was born in Hoke County on May 12, 1925 to Robert Jasper and Rosa Belle Blalock Vanhoy.  She was a homemaker, a member of Macedonia Presbyterian Church, and was famous for her chocolate pies, sop chocolate, homemade biscuits, cornbread, and coconut pound cake.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Edmond Ervin Thompson; son, Ronnie Thompson; son-in-law, Ron Gagliardi; and brothers and sisters.

She is survived by daughters, Rachel T. Gagliardi and Rhonda T. Chappell and husband, Ken, all of Eagle Springs; daughter-in-law, Sharon Bean Thompson, of Seagrove; grandchildren, Sonya and Jay Crissman, Alan and Erica Thompson, Jay Auman, Glenn and Blair Auman, Margaret C. and Justin Gilliland, Evan Chappell, Becky and Chris Sluder, and Susie Gagliardi; great-grandchildren, Athan, Bradon, and Caibrey Thompson, Hannah Crissman, J.J. Auman, Nora Grace Auman, Andrew and Sara Gagliardi, Wilson Crowder, Mason and Emma Sluder; and several nieces and nephews.  

Her body will lie in state from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m., Wednesday, August 12, at Phillips Funeral Home in Star.

A graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, August 13, at Candor Cemetery with the Rev. Steve Jarman officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Macedonia Presbyterian Church, PO  Box 340, Candor, NC 27229.

Online condolences may be left at

The Thompson family is being served by Phillips Funeral Home in Star.    

Print Friendly, PDF & Email