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The life of Bluefield broadcaster "Tiny" Thompson

C.J. "Tiny" Thompson, Jr. C.J. "Tiny" Thompson, Jr.
Crockett J. "Tiny" Thompson, Jr. died on November 6, 2012 at the age of 80. Crockett J. "Tiny" Thompson, Jr. died on November 6, 2012 at the age of 80.

(WVVA) You can't discuss WHIS-TV without mention of a newsman who was known to everyone at "Tiny" Thompson.

Crockett J. "Tiny" Thompson, Jr. spent more than 25 years on the anchor desk at WHIS-TV. He was the news director for 10 years and also worked for WVVA-TV when the station switched ownership from the Shott family to Quincy Newspapers in 1979. 

Thompson was born on January 28, 1932 in Bluefield, WV. He attended Bluefield High School and was a U.S. Army veteran with the 82nd Airborne. "Tiny" and his wife Peggy had three children together; Michael, Randall, and Richard. 

When asked where the nickname "Tiny" came from, Mr. Thompson once told a Bluefield Daily Telegraph reporter that he stole it from his dad. He worked for WHIS radio before switching to television and he spent a short time at WSLS Channel 10 in Roanoke in the early 1950's. He covered U.S. Senator John F. Kennedy's visit to southern West Virginia in the Spring of 1960 and for many years served as emcee of the local Jerry Lewis March of Dimes Telethon.

Mr. Thompson later served at Director of Safety and Security at Bluefield Regional Medical Center and was the owner of Merchants Security Patrol and Enterprise Limousine Service.

Crockett J. "Tiny" Thompson, Jr. was a resident of Bluefield, WV until his death. He passed away on November 6, 2012 at a Tazewell hospital. He was 80 years old.


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*A special thank you goes out to Mike Thompson for taking the time to give us these wonderful images and information on his father C.J. "Tiny" Thompson.

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