Rebecca Ailene Thompson
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Rebecca Ailene Thompson
Rebecca Ailene Thompson, 45, was born May 6, 1975 and passed this life April 25, 2021 in Knoxville, Tennessee, surrounded by her family that she loved dearly.
Rebecca inspired all of us to see the best in everyone. If you ever met her, you know that she always took the time to ask about you and your family and truly cared about you. Her beautiful blue eyes and big smile were as warm and inviting as she was genuine and loving. Her hugs were as precious as life itself. Her love for life and her family was immeasurable. Her optimism was limitless.
Rebecca was always up for any challenge or adventure. She worked in retail for many years, then worked at Frost Oil for several years and has worked at the Hilton Garden Inn for the past 13 years. She was loved and admired by so many. She loved her job. She loved her co-workers and her guests. She was a ray of sunshine to everyone she met.
Rebecca loved to travel and was especially fond of cruise ships. She also was passionate about collecting Barbie dolls and Cher Meego dolls and clothing. Rebecca spent countless hours researching her family history and anyone else that asked her to help them. She traced her family history all the way back to 1475. To say family was important to her is an understatement.
She is survived by her husband, soulmate and sweet love, David Thompson of Knoxville; her mother, Mary Cox (Leo) of Plainview, Arkansas; her brother, Jimmy Rogers (Tina) of Oilton, Oklahoma; her sister, LaDonna Frost (Jeff) of Fort Smith, Arkansas; her brother James Newton of Omaha, Nebraska; her sister, Michele Smith (Golden) of Oilton, Oklahoma, her God-daughters Lamaya, LaShea, and Kimberly Herman of Lenoir City, TN and three spoiled rotten dogs Shamar, Layla and Ziva.
Rebecca was also the fun loving, favorite aunt to her nieces and nephews: Stacia Davis (David) of Panama City, FL; LaTisha Ramos (Eric) of Oilton, OK; Crystal Williams (Greg) of Perkins, OK; Seth Newton (Helen) of Fort Smith, AR; Golden Smith of Oilton, OK; Joe Newton of Omaha, NE; and Leo Smith of Oilton, OK. She is also survived by four great nieces and one great nephew. She went out of her way to make sure they knew that she loved each of them equally & wholeheartedly, which is how she loved everybody. She was preceded in death by her father, Joseph David Newton Sr and her brother, Joseph David Newton Jr.
At Rebecca's request, there will be a celebration of life at the Hilton Garden Inn 216 Peregrine Way in Knoxville on Saturday 5/8/21 at 7PM and a continued celebration in Arkansas at a later date. Burial services will be made by Click's Funeral Home in Lenoir City, TN.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Memorial donations and gifts - St. Jude Children's Research Hospital (stjude.org)

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Published in Times Record from May 1 to May 2, 2021.
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