Vivian Marie Lanier Thompson was born November 5, 1942 to the loving parents Clarence and Alice Lanier. She was educated in the Davidson County Public Schools. After graduating from Haynes High School, she entered the work force. She worked at Tennessee Uniform, Metro Public Schools (as everyone’s favorite lunch lady) and retired from Bank of America.
Vivian went on to marry the love of her life Richard Michael Thompson, Sr. Vivian and Richard started building a loving and close-knit family.
As a young lady she accepted Christ in her life. She was an active and faithful member at St. Matthew AME Church, until her health started failing. She served on several committees as well as being President of the Usher Board.
Vivian’s favorite pastime was shopping, spending time with family and friends and enjoying life. She was a very loving and caring person. She never met a stranger. She was active in all her grandchildren’s lives from babysitting, to teaching how to cook and giving life lessons. She was always willing to give an ear when needed and give a lot of great advice.
Vivan was preceded in death by husband, Richard Thompson, daughter, Ronda Richards, and sons, Kenneth Summers and Michael Thompson.
She leaves so many to cherish her memories: daughters, Angela (Steven) Walker and Michell Rosario, sons, Thaddeus Brown, Thomas (Beverly) Lanier, and Jeffery (Natosha) Scott, sisters, Selene Henderson and Clarissa Wyatt, brothers, Clarence (Brenda) Lanier, Jr. and Alton (Theresa) Lanier, aunt, Frances Jacox, 30 grandchildren, 48 great grandchildren and 8 great great grandchildren, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.