FAMILY

Chief Thompson has always believed in the importance of raising his children with wife, Jeanine to have a servant's heart. Each of his children have grown up to be giving, caring individuals that strive to impact their communities in the same way that their parents have. 

Jeanine

09/06/1955

Wife, Jeanine Wilcox Thompson

Jeanine was raised in Clearwater, Florida, one of six children. She attended Florida State University and studied children's education, specializing in special education for severely mentally disabled children. She graduated from FSU, at which point David and Jeanine got married. She continued her studies at Lenoir Rhyne University in North Carolina and went on to teach special needs children for many years in NC and Florida. Jeanine was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis at the age of 32, right before giving birth to her third child. Jeanine has not let the disease slow her down more than it has to. Her and David have traveled to Switzerland, Austria, and Ireland just to name a few. Her greatest joy nowadays is spending time with her two grandchildren. 

Ryan is the first born of the three Thompson children. He excelled in everything he put his mind to, including National Honors Society, Football, Baseball, Track, and even had the lead in the high school musical. After graduating from Fletcher High School, Ryan was offered scholarships from every major university in the country. After moving to Colorado, Ryan realized that his calling was not on the football field, but in saving lives. He attended the fire academy in Daytona Beach, Florida and was awarded the leadership award. He had found his calling and shortly after, found love. Ryan and Georgina married on Jekyll Island, Georgia. They had a son named Jakob (or Jake) and a few years later, a daughter named Kherington. The family wanted to be near David and Jeanine, so Ryan applied for a fire fighting position close, but far enough away from his Mom and Dad. Ryan is an officer and a very successful firefighter in Gallatin, TN. He and his children love being so close to "Mammie" and "Pop-Pop".

Ryan David
 
 Thompson
Lindsey Jeanine
 
Thompson Ulmer

Lindsey is the second born Thompson child. She was always a rambunctious child with a great talent for all things musical, and she possessed a soaring IQ. After graduating from Douglas Anderson School of the Arts, she she moved to Chicago to study at the prestigious, Depaul University. After Depaul, she decided to get back to her roots and attended Charleston Southern University in South Carolina. Lindsey received her degree in musical therapy and became a behavioral therapist, specializing in her work with severely autistic children. Lindsey met her fiancé, Michael Ulmer through a mutual friend in Florida. Ulmer was a jazz musician for many years and the two moved to Clarksville after he joined the US Army and was stationed there. Ulmer was recently accepted to flight school and the two will be moving to Fort Rutgers soon.

            Whitney was born in Atlantic Beach Florida. She went to performing arts schools from elementary through high school. After graduating in 2006, Whitney attended the University of North Florida. While on Spring Break in California, she was scouted to go on the television show, America's Next Top Model. Thompson went on to win the show and spent a decade modeling successfully all over the world. After ten years, she had tired of "living on an airplane", especially since she had just become engaged to longtime boyfriend, Ian Forrester.  They decided to move back to America, and after coming home to Springfield for Christmas, fell in love with the square. Since Whitney had always had a love for cooking and her fiancé went to culinary school, Chief suggested that they open a restaurant on the square. They took his advice and have been in business for about 3 years, currently owning, "The Copper Vault".

Whitney Lee
 
Thompson Forrester

Jeanine and David will have been happily married for 40 years this June!