Harriet “Caryl” (McCoskey) Thompson, M.Ed, LPCC, 65, of Bidwell, Ohio, entered the larger life December 13, 2012.
Caryl was born May 9, 1947, in Columbus, Ohio. She was a class of 1965 graduate of Circleville High School and held bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Ohio University. As a therapist and supervisor at Woodland Centers in Jackson and Gallipolis, she impacted an uncountable number of lives. She molded and mentored many clinicians. The work that Caryl did on the crisis unit saved lives every day. She instilled hope in many for better days ahead.
Caryl loved to sing, watch Denzel Washington movies, and took many long road trips to visit her daughter in Tennessee. She spent endless hours with her grandchildren: attending sporting events, school ceremonies, writing stories, reading books, playing with toys and blocks. Most summer afternoons, she could be found in her son’s backyard pool. Caryl was a dog person. She attended Vinton Baptist Church and loved working in their community garden.
Caryl is survived by her three beloved children, Susan (Jonathon) Gabert of Chattanooga, Tenn., Mack (Laura) Thompson of Jackson, and Anne Thompson of Huntington; grandchildren, Alex Miller, Noah Miller, and Kassady Thompson of Jackson; three brothers, James McCoskey of Orient, Douglas McCoskey of Chesapeake, Va., and Sam McCoskey of Lebanon, Ohio; two sisters, Johnda (Tom) Perkins of Circleville and Beth McCoskey of Lancaster; and many nieces, nephews, grandnieces, and grandnephews.
Caryl is preceded in death by her parents, James and Marvine (Henness) McCoskey, and a sister-in-law, Linda (Hamrick) McCoskey.
Funeral services will be held this Thursday, December 20 at 11 a.m. at First Baptist Church, Jackson, Ohio. Caryl’s dear friend, Heath Jenkins, will officiate. Burial to follow in Fairmount Cemetery. Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. on Wednesday, December 19 at the Lewis-Gillum Funeral Home in Jackson.
Give rest, O Christ, to your servant with your saints, where sorrow and pain are no more, neither sighing, but life everlasting.