On November 11 2007 of Somerdale age 37. Joel leaves to cherish his memory his dedicated and faithful mother Shirley Edwards Thompkins; his father Ronald L. Thompkins; two brothers Julian G. and Jeffrey G. Thompkins; a step-brother Armin Thompkins; his paternal grandmother Viola Bailey; two aunts Myrna Venable and Elizabeth Edwards; uncles Harold Edwards Maurice Thompkins Edward Edwards and devoted caring uncle Earl Edwards; sisters-in-law Andrea Holmes-Thompkins and Michelle Thompkins; three nephews Julian C. (JC) Joel's Godchild; Jared A. and Jonathan M; and one niece Chloe A; special cousin Francine Williams; and special friends Toya Baskin Kim Garvin and Deitra Smith.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend his Memorial Service Saturday November 24 2007 at 11am at Grace Temple Baptist Church 15 E. Charleston Ave. Lawnside. In lieu of flowers the family request that donations be made in Joel's memory to Abyssinian Baptist Church Youth Ministries 132 Odell Clark Place New York NY 10030. (212-862-7474) Ministry of comfort entrusted to MAY FUNERAL HOMES Camden Pennsauken Willingboro.