James "JB" Benjamin Thompson was born, Feb. 24, 1934, to in Hesperus, Colo., to James Ernest Thompson and Mary Carolyn (Topper) Thompson.
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James was preceded in death by his son, Raymond Lewis; his parents; brothers, Clyde A. Thompson and Hank Thompson; sister, Mamie Rasmussen; and grandchildren, Jeremy L. Thompson, Juanita R. Thompson and Denny James Gilliland.
He is survived by his wife, Juanita Joyce Jackson (Thompson); sons, James L. (Ivy) Thompson, Walter M. (Connie) Thompson and David M. (Vera) Thompson; daughters, Mary Ellen Gilliland and Mildred J. Horensky; brother, Pat (Joan) Jackson; sisters, Minnie Jane Thompson, Marie Erna Ritter and Margaret Ann (Robert) Gwin; grandchildren, Raynell Marie Giron, Joe B. (Leslie) Gilliland, James Michael Thompson, Crystal Lee Gilliland, Travis Wayne (Jodi) Gilliland, George Donald (Lynda) Hall, Alexandra Joy (Bryan) Shoemaker, Danny Horensky, Nancy Ann Kraft, Kristen Brook Thompson, Mollie Amanda Thompson, Braxton Lee Gilliland, Raymond Edward Gilliland, Colton JBL Gilliland, Ruth Elizabeth Gilliland and Daisy Joyce Gilliland; and great-grandchildren, Keara Dawn Gilliand, Keston McQuade Evans, Quinten Hall, Hunter McLaughn, Dominic Wilcox, Aden Hall, William Tucker Palmer, Samuel Logan Palmer, Dakota Gage Ka, Cheyene Parg, Channing Ilijah Draft, Rykar Lewis Yeager, Illythea Marcel Yeager, Madison Lee, Abigail Sidney Cannon, Ashley May Courner, Isaiah Jay Mendosa-Santos, Marcelina Lucia Mendosa-Santos, Ethan Shoemaker and Emma Ann Shelby.
James "JB" Thompson married the love of his life, Aug. 14, 1954, in Aztec, and from this union came six children, James, David, Raymond, Mary, Walter and Mildred. JB was a truck driver for many years of his life. He worked in the woods logging, where he spent most of his summers camping out.
In 1979, the logging industry dropped out in Colorado so JB moved to New Mexico, where he went to work for Pete Marcus with Permium Corporation.
In 1963, JB had a severe truck wreck where he died and went to heaven and had a short walk with God. JB asked God to please send him back to take care of his wife and kids. So God sent JB back to spend the next 51 years taking care of his wife and kids.
JB loved to hunt, camp and spend time with his family. He was a devoted father, husband, son, brother, grandfather and friend, always ready with a helping hand to help all in need.
JB loved driving around the woods looking for game and enjoyed being outdoors. He taught his children a love of the outdoors, hunting, fishing camping and enjoying nature. JB never like fishing but for more than 30 years he took his children and grandchildren
fishing because the children loved it, not him.
He was a wonderful man, gentle, kind, loving and supportive. He will be greatly missed. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Sunday, March 2, at Cope Memorial
Chapel in Farmington.
Immediately following the visitation family will be going to Summit Ridge Cemetery in Dolores, Colo., for burial.
Pallbearers are James L. Thompson, Walter M. Thompson, Joe B. Gilliland, Travis W. Gilliland, David M. Thompson and James Michael Thompson.
Honorary pallbearers are Richard Sheets, George D. Hall and Braxton L. Gilliland.
James' care is entrusted to Cope Memorial Chapel, 404 W. Arrington St. in Farmington, 505-327-5142. Those who wish to express their condolences may do so at www.serenityandcompany.com.
Cope Memorial Chapel
404 West Arrington Street Farmington, NM 87401
Published in Farmington Daily Times on Mar. 1, 2014