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Cedric Harris Thompson 62 a former resident of Lumberton, N.C. passed Wednesday January 10, 2024 at Wake Medical Center in Raleigh, N.C. He was the fourth son of the late Ethel Beatrice Warren Thompson and Harris Gordon Lafette Thompson, and was a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity. Funeral services will be Saturday 1 p.m. at Sandy Grove Baptist Church in Lumberton, N.C. Interment will be in the Thompson Family Cemetery. He is survived by one sister Valeria Ramos of Durham, N.C. and Bradford Thompson of Raleigh, N.C. Viewing will be 4-6 Friday at McMillan Funeral Home in Lumberton. Family will receive friends on Saturday 12:30 - 1:00 prior to services.
Cedric Harris Thompson was born on October 28, 1961 in Lumberton, N.C. His elder brothers were Bradford Thomas, Allen Gordon II, and Vinson Devon. He had one elder sister, Veleria Odessa.
In addition to Lumberton, Cedric lived in Hartford, CT, Vestal and Binghamton NY, Houston, TX, and Raleigh, NC. He graduated high school in Binghamton, where he excelled in music and achieved accolades in track and Tae Kwon Do.
Cedric graduated with honors from North Carolina Central University ('83) where he studied accountancy and joined the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity. He achieved a Master's in Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin at Madison ('85).
From Houston to Raleigh, Cedric worked for various industries, including JC Penny, General Motors Acceptance Corporation (GMAC), and the Downtown Housing Improvement Corporation (DHIC), before becoming President of the Gateway CDC in Henderson, NC and the Southeast Raleigh CDC. Upon his return in Lumberton, Cedric joined Sandy Grove Baptist Church where he played saxophone as part of the worship services.
Cedric was a talented saxophonist, performing and recording with notable and upcoming artists alike. He was a sought out musician for local community and family events. Cedric was also an avid reader who had an interest in Egyptology, Moorish Temple, and the Islamic faith.
Cedric was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers (Allen and Vinson). He is survived by his brother Brad (Dorothy) of Raleigh and his sister Veleria (Louis) of Durham, nephews and nieces, great nephews and nieces, aunts, cousins, and many friends.
He has spent the past few years at the Laurels at Forest Glen in Garner, NC where he received outstanding care.