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On Saturday, October 29, 2022, Karen Thompson, resident of Savannah, Georgia, passed away at the age of 78. Karen was born on July 27, 1944 in Atlanta, Georgia.

Karen was a distinguished and respected community leader of Savannah. She was widely recognized for her political and community involvement, robust understanding of history and artifacts, and passion and cultivation of the arts. Karen served as Chairman of the Board of Equalization for 10 of the 12 years of her participation. She also held over a decade of service as a board member for The Justice for Children Foundation Inc.

Karen was a bright and quick-witted lady of integrity, and was actively involved in Savannah society. Her impact on the lives of prestigious members of the community is far reaching.

Her son, Tim Irish, fondly remembers her as, “A true southern lady, who was a charm to Savannah.”

She was preceded in death by her late husband Ira W. Thompson. She is survived by, Timothy Irish, Kristen Hanner, her 5 grandchildren, Bradley Irish, Bailey, Camille, Olivia, and Grace Hanner, her great-grandchild, Blake Irish, son-in-law Manuel Hanner, and of course, her beloved dog, Sam.

The family will be holding a visitation Tuesday, November 1st, 2022, from 4:00pm to 7:00pm at Gamble Funeral Home, 410 Stephenson Avenue, Savannah, Ga 31405. A viewing will also be held the following day, November 2nd, 2022, from 12:00pm to 2:00pm, followed by a service starting at 2:00pm. Service on Wednesday is done by Father Gabe of Saint Frances Cabrini Catholic Church.

The family will then have a memorial and graveside service at 1 pm Thursday, November 3rd, 2022, located at their family plot at Floral Hills Memory Gardens, 3000 Lawrenceville Highway, Tucker GA 30084.

Honorary Pallbearers will include David Lyons, Dr. Brian Fallon, Judge Billy Tomlinson, Dr. Jerry Williams, Howard Spiva, OC Welch, and Jack Fitzgerald. U.S Marshal Commander David Lyons, Camille Hanner, and Alderman Kurtis Purtee will speak at the service.

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  1. Lillian Sams says:

    I Found Out Today That You Passed Away, I Am So Sorry that you didn’t get a chance to meet My Grandson Micah,You Kept Asking about him, Sorry you didn’t get a chance to meet. Rest In Peace Karen, Rest In Peace.

  2. Jenniee says:

    Your knowledge and wit will be missed by all..You fought the battle and more pain..SIP ..until our paths cross again Karen..

  3. Jack & Beth Fitzgerald says:

    Beth & I will miss Karen more than we could ever express on this page.
    Karen was indeed a true Southern Lady, loyal to her friends as well as a person that would go to the ends of the earth for you if she found, or even thought that you in need of her support.
    Karen once told me that she was proud to have been born in America and loved this Country and The State of Georgia with a passion, but that she believed deep down inside that she was born in the South by the Grace of God Almighty
    Rest in peace dear friend and I pray that we will meet again on the other side.
    May God Bless You, Tim, Kristen and your grand childern
    Goodbye KT..

  4. Don & Claire Hodges says:

    Tim, Krissy & Family,

    We just found out about Karen, our hearts are broken. We was a dear friend to us for many years. Please know that we loved your mom and you greatly. We have been praying for you all for many years. We are still in shock getting the news from our daughter this morning.

  5. LaVerne D. Alexander says:

    To the Thompson family:

    My deepest condolences and prayers to you on the loss of your dear mother and grandmother. Mrs. Thompson was very kind and compassionate who loved her family, community and friends.

    As a member of the Board of Equalization, she served faithfully and will be missed tremendously. Thank you, Mrs. Thompson for your years of service and acquaintance.

  6. Felicia Brown says:

    We are truly saddened by the passing of Mrs. Karen. She was always so pleasant when she shopped at Publix. She was a faithful and loyal shopper here at #1186 Largo Publix. Everyone here is so hurt and saddened by her passing especially Ronald the CSTL. Ronald and Mrs. Karen had a relationship that was unmatched. May God bless her and her family and friends. We here at Publix love you guys!!

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