Janey McAdams Thompson

April 9, 2024

Jane McAdams “Janey” Thompson, 20, passed away Tuesday April 9, 2024 from complications of a blood clot in her leg that traveled to her heart on April 3, 2024. Janey is survived by her parents Bo and Scottie Thompson and her “built-in best friend”/brother Hank Thompson and her dog Phyllis of Charlotte, her grandfather Ronald Stone of Burlington NC and his friend Gail Bauman of Kernersville NC, her grandparents Tom and Barbara Thompson of Charlotte NC, aunts and uncles Jeff and Amy Stone of Birmingham Alabama, Craig and Ellen Thompson of Raleigh, Bennett and Lauren Thompson of Charlotte, and cousins Sam and Charles Stone, Alyse Clements, and Drew, Mollie, Charlie, Gray, Mary Laughton, McAdams, and Ridge Thompson. She leaves behind a huge network of friends. Janey was predeceased by her beloved grandmother Jane Davis Stone and her heart dog Rosie Thompson.  

Janey was born in Charlotte and graduated from Myers Park High School. She was a second year biophysics major at Wake Forest University. She was attending Wake on a physics scholarship and was on the dean’s list all semesters. Janey was heavily involved at Wake Forest. She played intramural sports and club women’s basketball until November 2023 when she transitioned to coaching after she tore her ACL and meniscus in the intramural flag football championship. Janey volunteered for Wake Radio and was a member of Tri Delta sorority and the pre dental health professional society. Janey prided herself on being a Wake Forest sports superfan. She attended every home football, basketball, and baseball game possible and arrived early and stayed to the end. Her favorite things to do at Wake Forest were to hang out in the dorm with her friends, exercise at the rec center, and go for long walks and get good coffee in Reynolda Gardens.

At Myers Park, Janey played the clarinet in the wind ensemble and the jazz band and was a 4-year member of the varsity basketball and softball teams. She was all-conference in basketball, a team captain, and received the Female Athlete of the Year award in 2022. Her favorite parts of playing high school sports were hanging out in the locker room and riding on the bus with her girls. Janey worked the past five summers as a lifeguard at Myers Park County Club and made it her mission to be the favorite lifeguard of all the little kids.

Janey was a loyal friend who brought the fun with her. She had a wicked sense of humor and was a fantastic gift giver. She had so many talents yet remained kind and humble. She loved puzzles, card games, competitions of any kind (trivia, board games, corn hole, etc.), music of any genre, Ocean Isle Beach, Lake Wylie, shooting hoops in the backyard with her dad and brother, going for walks with her mom, doing anything and everything with her brother, hanging out with her friends, a cold Diet Coke, fashion sneakers, cheap jewelry from Amazon, coffee, and books. She loved her 16-year-old Honda Pilot Big Red and its complete lack of modern technology. Janey immersed herself in her classes and was equally passionate about the academic and fun parts of college. She truly embraced the good and joy in other people and in daily life.

A memorial will be held Saturday April 13, 2024 at 2:00 PM at Myers Park United Methodist in Charlotte NC. A reception will follow in Jubilee Hall. If you’ve been a teammate of Janey’s wear your jersey.

Memorials may be made to the Myers Park High School Mustang Club, 2400 Colony Road Charlotte, NC 28209 or Wake Forest Women’s Club Basketball team. c/o Wake Forest Club Sports https://go.wfu.edu/janeythompson (please put “Janey Thompson” in the memo line)

Arrangements are in the care of Kenneth W. Poe Funeral & Cremation Service, 1321 Berkeley Avenue, Charlotte, NC 28204 (704) 641-7606. Online condolences can be shared at www.kennethpoeservices.com.

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  • Blair Bryson

    Scottie and Bo,
    I just heard about Janey. I am so very sorry for your and Hank’s loss. Janey was always so sweet to both of my kids but especially Nicholas. He remembers going to “play” with Hank in the first grade and how sweet she was. You are in our hearts and prayers.

    Much love,
    Blair Bryson

  • Donna Launders

    To the Thompson Family,
    I have been a listener of the radio station since I moved here 15 years ago. Bo, my deepest sympathy. Words can express how sad I am for your family. I had to reach out and tell you. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  • Joanne J. Christmas

    My heart breaks for you and your family! Losing a child is the most tragic loss of all.

    Joanne Christmas

  • Max Hirsch

    Janey was a great friend. She meant a lot to every one of us. She was the best clarinet player I knew and gad a great soul. She was always outgoing and was the perfect person to be around. My condolences and thoughts are with the Thompson’s.

    Max Hirsch

  • Lacy Amedio

    The Amedios are so sorry about your precious Janey. We used to laugh about Janey being so perfect. When I would see her as a 16 and 17 yo at Hank’s CJS games because she loved to “support” him I knew then she was in fact perfect. We love you and can walk and cry with the best of them. I wish we could hold some of your pain. Sending you all so much love?

  • David Sheri DJ Gallant

    Our Hearts are broken and so very sad for this tragic loss. You are in our prayers and thoughts in this sad time.

  • Brant Hart

    Bo, so sorry to hear about your daughter. I know that your fellow broadcasters. join me in sending prayers for you and your family.

    Brant Hart WHVN WCGC WGFY

  • Teresa Alford

    So,so sorry for your loss. She sounds like she was a special young lady. My heart broke for all of you when I heard Beth announce it on WBT this past week. Prayers always!

  • Harriett Kline Wilson

    Bo, it breaks my heart to hear about the passing of your precious Janey. My sister also unexpectedly lost her 23 year old son so, through her, I know the pain your are feeling. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  • Robert Dartnall

    Bo and family,
    I am so sorry for your terrible loss. Will be praying for you all. Robert Dartnall

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