Commander Evan Thompson


Evan Thompson installed as 2018-19 American Legion Commander 

Evan Thompson, a member of American Legion Post 82 in Shelby was elected State Commander of The American Legion Department of NC at ceremonies in Raleigh on June 30, 2018. Thompson was sworn in by Past Department Commander and current Judge Advocate Gaither M. Keener, Jr.

Commander Thompson served in the US Marine Corps and US Army from 1969-1992. He attended Warren Wilson College, Appalachian State and the University of South Carolina where he received his Ph.D. in 1992. He worked as an Instructor for Cleveland County Technical Institute from 1972 – 1982, and at Gardner Webb University from 1982 – 1996 serving as professor, Assistant Dean and Dean. He operated his own painting business from 1996-2008.

Commander Thompson has served The American Legion as Post Commander, Post Adjutant, District Commander 2014-16, and Department Vice-Commander in 2017 and 2018. He has served on the Internal Affairs Commission, Leadership and Development Committee, Public Relations and Publications Committee, and the 100th Anniversary Committee. At the national level, he has served on the Americanism Council.

Evan serves on the Executive Committee for the American Legion World Series, held annually in Shelby, NC, and responsible for securing ushers for the event. The Thompsons are members of Ross Grove Baptist Church where he serves as Vice-Chair of Deacons, Chair of the Trustees, and as member of the finance committee. Over their ten years of marriage, Evan and his wife Shirley, who both have a passion for music, have traveled throughout the state singing Southern Gospel music in churches, nursing/assisted living facilities, and American Legion events.

Welcome Aboard, Evan!



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Department Adjutant
Tierian “Randy” Cash

Executive Secretary
Deborah Rose

Membership Manager
Loree Miller

Sheila Bayles

Programs & Media Manager
Greg Gidding