Heritage to pay tribute to Thompson

CONYERS - Johnny Thompson, a former Heritage assistant coach for wrestling, football and track, has died.

Thompson, a resident of Henry County who coached in Tennessee at Cleveland High School prior to arriving at Heritage four years ago, recently was admitted to the hospital due to complications with diabetes and was put on dialysis.

"Johnny was just a fantastic person," Heritage athletic director Chuck Landy said. "He was extremely well-liked and very well-respected. He was just a great person to be around, and just somebody who we're all going to miss."

In his first year at Heritage, Thompson helped with the wrestling program. He assisted with the football program for the next two years and track during his final year.

"Kids liked him because Johnny just had a way about him," Landy said. "(Heritage girls basketball coach) Dave LaBarrie said to me earlier that I just miss talking to Johnny in the mornings before school. People gravitated to him at the lunch table just because he was a good person."

A celebration of Thompson's life will be held at 7 p.m. on Dec. 1 at the Heritage theater. Anyone who wishes to attend may do so, as faculty, family and friends will reminisce about his life.

Jason Murdock can be reached at jason.murdock@rockdalecitizen.com.