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James Roy Thompson

Funeral services for James Roy Thompson, age 74, of Athens scheduled for 10:00 am Thursday at the Fellowship Baptist Church of Athens, with Richard Smith, Tom Denton and Mike Dean officiating. Burial with military honors will follow at the Oaklawn Memorial Park. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the Cooper Funeral Home of Athens.

Mr. Thompson passed from this life to eternal life in Heaven on November 3, 2008, joining his friends & family members who have gone before him. He is preceded by his parents, Drexel Owen Thompson and Evelyn Walker Thompson; brother, Lynn Thompson and daughter-in-law Kelly LaGreg Thompson.

Roy was born October 23, 1934 in Altoona, Alabama, the second of nine children. He married his high school sweetheart, Laura Sue Nichols, on April 5, 1953. Roy and Sue were married for 55 years. After a year of marriage Roy joined the United States Air Force. He retired from the Air Force in 1974 and later went to work for TU Electric, retiring from there in 1992, after 15 years with the company. Roy also began college while still in the Air Force and earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Education.

The Thompson family moved to Iowa Park in 1967 while he was still in the US Air Force and lived here until 1977. Their oldest three children graduated from Iowa Park High School. Roy was known locally as Jim Thompson and he owned and operated Jim's Texaco on the corner of Pacific and US 287 for several years. Jim and Sue were members of Faith Baptist Church in Iowa Park where he served as a deacon.

Roy loved cars and working on cars. Throughout most of his adult life Roy either worked at or owned a service station or bought and sold used cars. As a businessman he was always honest and fair with people. He was an avid NASCAR fan and for years he raced stock cars.

During his lifetime Roy lived in many states and other countries, including Alabama, Michigan, California, Japan, Florida, Virginia, Spain, Maine, Alaska, Thailand and Texas. At the time of his death, Roy and Sue were living in Athens, Texas where they had been residents for 28 years. Roy was a member of Fellowship Baptist Church in Athens at the time of his death.

Roy leaves behind a large family including the wife he loved dearly, Laura Sue Thompson; daughters and sons-in-law, Debbie & Bobby Bowling of Tatum; Kathy & James Dudley of Iowa Park; daughter, Laurie Thompson of Cypress; sons, Jimmy Thompson of Athens & David Thompson of Wichita Falls; grandchildren, Kevin & Amy Bowling, Rusty & Courtney Bowling, Matthew Bowling, Troy Radford, Jamie Chapin, Alisha Thompson and Logan Thompson; great grandchildren, Dyllan, Calvin, Payton, Grace and Cason Radford, Jacob, Amelia and Aveline Bowling; siblings, Maxine & Edward Toney, Bobby & Clara Thompson, Joyce & Bill Smith, Lewis & Betty Thompson, Randy Thompson, Sherrie Douglas and Gary & Billy Thompson; a sister-in-law, Vera Thompson. Roy was a wonderful father, grandfather and great-grandfather, always kind and gentle, and he was greatly loved by his family.

II Timothy 4:7 “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.”

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