Cathy Thompson, wife of N.C. State and ACC basketball great David, dies at 60

The wife of former N.C. State basketball great David Thompson died Friday after a long battle with diabetes and resulting kidney complications.

Cathy Thompson was 60. She was admitted to an emergency room in Charlotte Thursday and subsequently died Friday while hospitalized.

Her funeral will be this Friday at Charlotte’s Central Church of God on the corner of Sardis and Randolph roads. Visitation will be from noon to 2 p.m., with the funeral service to follow.

Cathy Thompson, a California native, is survived by her husband of 37 years and two daughters – Brooke Thompson and Erika Thompson. Also surviving are her parents, Brad and Helen Barrow.

The Thompsons met in Raleigh during David’s final college season in 1974-75. Cathy was managing a seafood restaurant there, and Thompson asked for her telephone number. She said no, according to daughter Brooke, but they continued having chance meetings that led to a first date.

“She cared for and was a friend to everyone she met,” said Brooke Thompson.

Cathy Thompson had a kidney transplant in 2006 that ultimately failed. Brooke said what she admires most about her parents is how they took care of each other through various health issues.

“They really took their (wedding) vows seriously – through sickness and in health,” Brooke Thompson said.

David Thompson, 62, grew up in Shelby and played high school ball at Crest. He’s arguably N.C. State’s greatest basketball player, playing from 1972-75. He was the Final Four’s most outstanding player in 1974 when the Wolfpack defeated Marquette for the national championship.

He played professionally for the Denver Nuggets and Seattle SuperSonics from 1975 through 1984. Twice named first-team All-NBA, Thompson was the All-Star Game’s most valuable player in 1979.

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