William Thompson

Tuesday, April 23, 2002

CHARLESTON, Mo. -- William H. Thompson, 88, of Charleston died Sunday, April 21, 2002, at Charleston Manor.

He was born March 27, 1914, in Mississippi County, son of James Hazzard and Birdie Evans Thompson. He and Edna Mae McElmurry were married May 4, 1933. She died May 15, 1974. He and Leona Chappell were married Jan. 10, 1976.

Thompson lived all his life in Mississippi County and was a farmer. He was a member of First Baptist Church, Masonic Lodge 407 AF&AM, and was a 32nd Degree Mason.

Survivors include his wife; a son, Bill Thompson of Charleston; two daughters, Eleanor Crowell of Sikeston, Mo., Janet Presson of Cape Girardeau; two stepdaughters, Joyce Rolwing and Shelby Welch of Charleston; a sister, Colleen Glenn of Charleston; four grandsons; three stepgrandchildren; four great-grandchildren; six great-stepgrandchildren; and a great-great-stepgranddaughter.

He was preceded in death by two sisters.

Friends may call at McMikle Funeral Home from 5 to 8 p.m. today. Masonic rites will be conducted at 7:30.

Funeral will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home, with the Rev. Gerald Collier officiating. Burial will be in IOOF Cemetery.