Cathy Jean Thompson

Cathy Jean Thompson, 69, passed away Thursday, October 28, 2021. She was a native of Virginia and a resident of Newport News for over 60 years. Cathy retired from Super Fresh as the Front-End Manager after 27 years of service. She was a member of Northside Church of Christ.

Cathy was preceded in death by her father, William Lester Leighty, her mother, Sylvia Ann Leighty, and her husband, Neal Baxter Thompson.

She is survived by her daughter, Pamela Lynn Pearce; her sons, J.P. Thompson, Gary Thompson and Micheal Thompson; brothers, Bradley Dennis Leighty and William Harold Leighty (Martha); grandchildren, Kaylee Pearce, Marissa Biglow (David), Meredith Thompson, Micah Thompson, Mitchell Thompson, Gracie Thompson and Ethan Thompson; great-grandchildren, Nora Biglow and Carter Biglow; and niece, Brittany McQuillan (Mark) and nephew, Matthew Leighty (Shannon).


  1. Mary & Peggy Bettis

    Pam & Kaylee, our thoughts & prayers are with you! Minis Thompson was a beautiful, caring & loving lady! We love you both, if we can do anything please call!❤️❤️❤️❤️

  2. Michelle Zuskin

    I’m so terribly sorry for your loss Pam and family. May God help you get through your pain and sorrow and comfort you! She will always be with you!

  3. Tricia Cappiello

    Missing you Cathy! Your heart was so big you even shared with me in a time I needed it the most. You were one of the most thoughtful people I’ve known. ♥️ Heaven gained an angel with you!

  4. Gina Shackelford

    I offer my deep condolences to Kaylee, Pam and family during this difficult time. Cathy (& Papa Neal) played such a huge role in the life of Briana as our neighbor and friend, but most importantly, she was “Memaw Cathy.” I was so thankful to have her right next door – I was able to work part-time knowing Bri was in good “grandma” hands. I remember Briana often didn’t want to leave her first baby-sitter because she had so much fun with Kaylee and the other kids. Cathy had a big heart and helped us out with our pets when we travelled, even after our black cat Maya would continuously attack for no reason. Funny thing is, we got the “sweet” kitten via Cathy. She was such a lover of pets, and her backyard – don’t get me started on putting up that pool every year. She will be missed, but her memory will live on through all of her “grand” children.

  5. Madeline McMillan

    A sweet, lovely lady with a kind heart! Thank you to her family for sharing her gentle spirit with us. Reunited with Neal, may she rest in eternal joy and peace.

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