Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Ron Thompson (1931-2008)

Ronald Vincent Thompson, 76, passed away on March 31, 2008.

Ron was a native of Pensacola, grew up around Bayou Texar, Bayview Park, and Pensacola Beach, fishing and water-skiing. He was one of the original lifeguards on Pensacola Beach.

Ronald was a 1949 graduate of Catholic High School and attended college in Mississippi and Pensacola on a football scholarship. He also played for the Pensacola Alumni Football Team for 4 years. Ronald was an Insurance Adjuster for 32 years and retired in 1996 as owner of Thompson and Associates.

Ronald was an original member and founding member of Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Church on Pensacola Beach as well as serving as parish council president, Eucharistic minister and usher.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Colley and Marie (Rivais) Thompson; and son, Stephen Wayne Thompson.

Ron is survived by his wife of 54 years, Betty Russell Thompson; son, Douglas (Penny); grandchildren, Ashley Yvonne-Marie Thompson, Collin Wyatt Thompson, Justin York Gittings; 2 great-grandchildren; brother, Jerauld R. (Jackie) Thompson; sisters, Marie Gossman, Elizabeth Hale; fifteen nieces and nephews; five brothers-in-law and their wives.

Visitation will be held 9-10:00am Friday, April 4, 2008 at Our Lady of The Assumption Catholic Church (Pensacola Beach) with Funeral Mass to begin at 10:00 a.m. with Msgr. Luke Hunt celebrant. Burial will follow at Bayview Memorial Park.

Active Pallbearers will be Justin Gittings, Collin Thompson, Jerauld Thompson, Ellis Mason, John Russell, and Nikko Sarabia. Honorary Pall bearers will be Charles Schultz, Edwin Frank, Glover Bridges, Paul Bookout, Paul Cutchen, Frank Plewa, and James Turnupseed.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Our Lady of the Assumption Building Fund, P.O. Box 1057, Gulf Breeze, FL 32562.

HARPER-MORRIS MEMORIAL CHAPEL is in charge of arrangements.

Also published in the
Pensacola News Journal April 3, 2008

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