SHERMAN - A Celebration of Life, Honoring the Life, Love and Legacy of US Army Retired Sergeant John T. Thompson, will be held at 12 noon on Saturday at the Grand Avenue Church of Christ, located at 619 N. Grand Avenue in Sherman. Brother C.E. Shaw, Minister, will be the Eulogist. Burial with Military Honors given by the Fort Hood Honor Guard, will follow in the Veterans section of West Hill Cemetery. Public visitation will be on Friday from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. at the Cravens Funeral Home, located at 225 W. Brockett St in Sherman.|
John T. Thompson was born to John Wesley Thompson and Carrie Bell Whitney-Thompson on February 18, 1941 in Sherman Texas.
He attended Sherman Public Schools and graduated from Fred Douglas High School in 1959. He received Christ at an early age and was baptized at Grand Avenue Church of Christ where he attended service.
Shortly after graduation, John enlisted into the United States Army, and upon completion of basic training, was sent on his first duty assignment in South Korea. John also proudly served his country in Germany and Ft. Benning, Ga., before serving two consecutive tours in the Republic of Vietnam, during the Vietnam War. For his wounds received in combat, John was the recipient of two Purple Heart awards. The first on October 4, 1966 and his second on February 28, 1967. He later received his Honorable Discharge and Retirement on January 3, 1968.
After his retirement from the military, John returned to Sherman where he took care of his mother and sister.
He later married Ms. Johnnie Babers on March 7, 1977. During their marriage they often traveled to various cities visiting family & friends. John also attended Aladdin Beauty School in Sherman, during the 80's.
At his leisure, he loved telling his war stories, often joking and watching movies. He had a love and care for his family that was undeniable, and often assisted in helping them when needed.
On Thursday August 7, 2014, Mr. John T. Thompson received his honorable discharge from the Army of The Lord, and was called home to eternity.
He leaves to cherish his precious memories: wife of 37 years, Johnnie M. Thompson of Sherman, sister, Patsy Maxwell of Ft. Washington, Md., brother, Paul Henson Sr. of Sherman, sons, Sean Gabriel (Tiffany) of Sherman, Paul Thompson (Kristi) of Virginia Beach, Va. & Lamont Thompson (Alison) of Oklahoma City, daughters, Vivian Gaines of San Antonio, JoAnn Johnson of Sherman & Tajuana Craddock (Larry) of Sherman, caretaker of five years, David Wilson of Sherman, 11 grandchildren, six great grandchildren and a host of nephews, other relatives and friends.
The Thompson family is under the Personal Care of the Cravens Funeral Home in Sherman.
Condolences can be made online at www.cravensfuneralhome.com.
Published in The Herald Democrat on Aug. 14, 2014