Eddie Lynn Thompson

January 2, 2021

GASTONIA – Eddie Lynn Thompson, 73, died Saturday, January 2, 2021 at his home on Union Road in Gastonia, NC.  He was born in Lexington, NC on December 26, 1947 to the late Edgar Wilson Younts and Frances Ruth Weaver Thompson Younts.  Eddie was known as “Fast Eddie Thompson” among the Shag, beach music, and R&B music lovers.

Eddie graduated from Garinger High School in Charlotte, NC in 1966.  He received an Associate degree in Applied Science-Accounting from Central Piedmont Community College, Charlotte, NC in 1973.

Eddie served in the United States Army from 1966 to 1969, with a tour of duty in Vietnam from 1968 to 1969. Specialist Five Eddie L. Thompson received “The Army Commendation Medal for Meritorious Service” during that period. 

Eddie lived in various parts of North Carolina including Lexington, Charlotte, Oakboro and Gastonia.  He attended Central Church in Charlotte, NC.

Eddie held various jobs through his years although he felt most at home being a DJ. This was truly his love and was a large part of his life.  According to him, he started his DJ career back in 1973 playing at the old Lake Apartments on Albemarle Road.  He played out by the pool on Sunday afternoons, not being paid a dime, but loving every minute of it.  Eddie loved R&B, the shag dance, and beach music.  He was inducted into “The Beach Music DJ Hall of Fame” in 2013.  Eddie was awarded many certificates of appreciation and dedication from various Shag Clubs throughout the Carolina’s.  He also worked in radio from 1988-1990 at Beach 106.5 in Salisbury with April McIntire, where they did the morning show together.

Eddie is survived by his brother, Henry Jackson Younts and his wife, Judy Little Younts of Blythewood, SC; nephew, Thomas Younts and his wife, Cathy Lucille Younts of Winnsboro, SC; niece, Shanna Younts of Blythewood, SC; great-nephews and great-niece, Mikecol Younts, Jake Younts, and Aylissa Younts of Winnsboro, SC.  He is also survived by his special friend, Faye Jennings.

To honor Eddie’s wishes, no formal service will be conducted.

Memorials may be made to New Hope Christian Fellowship, 134 Peaceful Lane, West Columbia, SC 29170.

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



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  • Tom & Brenda Smith

    Brenda & I extend our thoughts, love, and prayers to Jack, Judy, and family. Eddie was my cousin and he always had something "hilarious" going on. I remember the times at Ma Weavers, where we gathered every Sunday as a family for dinner. It was good food, fun, laughter and, Eddie & Linda Lou was the instigators. Also, it is with great honor to have known Eddie as a dedicated solider to our country while serving in Vietnam. Eddie will be missed . Farewell Specialist Five Eddie L. Thompson, to we meet on the other side.

  • Katherine R Lentz

    You will be remembered in my heart always. It was always fun when we pretended to be ex Thompsons when I was a Thompson. Always asking you where was my alimony. We would go on for several minutes. You always had a smile on your face. You are with God now in a better place, rest in peace dear friend. Faye so sorry for your loss. Eddie will be truly missed by all.

  • June and John Sullivan

    Eddie was always upbeat and friendly. We truly loved visiting with him and Faye. What sweet, caring people. Eddie will be truly missed.
    June and John Sullivan. Faye, we love you and hope to see you again soon.

  • Larry Walker

    "Fast Eddie", my buddy Eddie Thompson, a fellow Garinger High graduate and Viet Nam vet, was one of my best friends in the Shag world. I am very sad as I write this, and despondent that he passed away from us too soon. My wife Janice and I loved him, and loved to dance to his great selection of tunes. He often called me on nights he was going to play at our favorite dance club, Lynns, here in Charlotte. He wanted to be sure we were going to be there if he was playing, and we almost always were. He loved the old stuff, the old blusie shag tunes, that many of us love to dance to. At the club, he'd come down from the DJ booth and walk over to me, telling me to "Get ready, here comes one of your favorites!". And sure enough, he'd start playing one of our favorite ole smoothies, or a good fast-dancing, singing out loud kind of shag tune. I never had to ask him to play anything, because he knew all the songs that were my favorites, and others say he knew theirs as well. Always smiling, laughing and cutting up, he energized any crowd he played for. We were all disappointed last January when he said he was hanging it up, because it was getting harder for him to see to drive at night. Eddie was the kind of guy who was not only special himself, but made you feel that you were too. I loved Eddie Thompson, and will greatly miss his smiling, gregarious personality. Janice and I were blessed to have known this fine man. Rest in Peace my brother!

  • Ron "Tree" Sherrill

    Eddie was a good man and life of the party. He will be missed!

  • Gita White

    I'm not sure I have sufficient words to express how much I will miss Fast Eddie - from the first time I met him probably around 1996. - he was always such a fun character to be around - always the same, bouncing around, talking to everyone, telling this one or that one about a new song he was going to play that night ("you'll like this one!") and always remembering who liked which artists and which songs. He would always stop a song pretty quickly if no one was dancing to it - he always paid attention and was very in tune to the crowd. He was much loved by so many and I am so sad that he is gone too soon. It makes me sad all over again to realize that he is really, truly gone and I still find it hard to believe and very emotional. When we are all able to gather again and dance to our favorite music, let's honor him by enjoying ourselves and thinking of him as we do. I think it's what he would have wanted. My condolences to you, Fay - he was a great guy and you two made such a sweet couple. GW

  • Susan Keelyn

    So sorry to hear that our beloved Fast Eddie has passed away. I will miss his smile and his cute laugh. I'm sure he will be welcomed in heaven by all the former shaggers who have gone before him. What a joyful reunion that will be!!!!

  • Lin Watkins

    Eddie was such a sweetheart. A truly fun guy with a smile always lighting up his face. He knew just the right music to play to keep us shaggers on the dance floor, laughing & singing along to our favorite tunes. Mac & I are so blessed we got to know Eddie & to count him as our friend.


    Eddie was a Great guy and a kind sole. Thanks for some great memories thru the years. RIP my friend!


    Enjoyed having Eddie as a friend thru the years. Enjoyed his music! RIP my friend.
    Thanks for some great memories. Don E

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