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Michael "Cuz" Thompson

August 31, 1948 August 9, 2018
Michael "Cuz" Thompson
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Obituary for Michael "Cuz" Thompson

Michael Campbell Thompson, known far and wide as Cuz, of Cedar Bluff, VA passed away on August 9, 2018. Mike was born on August 31, 1948, in Richlands, Virginia, the son of Martha Lou Williams and Lloyd LeGrand Thompson, Jr. Mike is survived by his loving wife of 40 years, Yvonne Thompson; brothers James, Tim, and Kip Thompson; daughter Ming Thompson; son Arthur Thompson; son-in-law Daniel Mattingly; daughter-in-law Lauren Thompson; and beloved grandchildren Henry Mattingly, Evelyn Thompson, and Amelia Thompson.

In 1979, Mike and Yvonne founded Cuz’s Uptown Barbeque in Pounding Mill, Virginia. The restaurant, a landmark institution in Appalachia, has served our region with innovative cuisine that blended his Virginia roots and his global discoveries. A force of nature, Mike was a brilliant, ambitious, and passionate man, thrillingly unencumbered by convention. An artist in the kitchen, he brought creativity and wit to everything he touched. Mike traveled the wide and wonderful world, and found joy in driving fast cars, eating great food, riding dirt bikes on his farm, and above all in his adoring family.

Mike graduated from Woodberry Forest School, Malvern College, and Vanderbilt University, where he studied art history.

In lieu of flowers, Mike would wish for you to donate to the Tazewell County Animal Shelter, 3015 Lynn Hollow Rd, N Tazewell VA 24630, or your local Humane Society.


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