Earnest J. Thompson Jr., age 78, of Eaton, passed away Thursday, February 11, 2021 at Reid Hospital in Richmond. He was born July 13, 1942 in Big Stone Gap, VA to the late Earnest J. And Ella B. Thompson, Sr. He retired with over 40 years of employment from the Westvaco Company in Eaton. In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by his wife Patricia Thompson in 2017; and several brothers and sisters. He is survived by her sons Jeffrey (Gail) Thompson of Eaton, Michael (Mary Jo) Thompson of Hamilton and William (Tracey) Thompson of Eaton; 4 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren; and numerous brothers and sisters. Private service at the convenience of the family. Girton Schmidt & Boucher Gard Funeral Home, Eaton is assisting with arrangements. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.gsbfuneralhome.com.