Funeral services for Nelson ‘Fuzzy’ Thompson scheduled for Saturday

The Rev. Nelson “Fuzzy” Thompson died Sunday at age 70.
The Rev. Nelson “Fuzzy” Thompson died Sunday at age 70. The Kansas City Star

Funeral services for the Rev. Nelson “Fuzzy” Thompson, a longtime civil rights leader, will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday at St. James United Methodist Church, 5540 Wayne Ave. in Kansas City.

Visitation for Thompson will be from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday at Thatcher’s Funeral Home, 1520 North Fifth Street in Kansas City, Kan. A second visitation will be held prior to Saturday’s funeral at 11 a.m.

Thompson, 70, died Sunday after a prolonged illness. For decades, Thompson served as president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference of Greater Kansas City and was involved in numerous civil rights battles on the local, national and international levels.

He also was a leading force behind the annual citywide celebration commemorating the life of Martin Luther King Jr.

In recent years, Thompson battled a number of health-related maladies. He received a kidney transplant in November 2006 and was repeatedly hospitalized in recent months. Thompson was under hospice care at the time of his death.

Glenn E. Rice,