Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX

September 24, 2013

Benjamin McDaniel Thompson

Jacksonville Daily Progress

JACKSONVILLE — Love is the only answer - for all people - in all situations, all the time.”  - Mr. Benjamin McDaniel Thompson.   If you knew our Daddy, you saw this truth in action.

Mr. Benjamin McDaniel Thompson (born April 18, 1924) passed peacefully in his sleep at Hospice of East Texas on Sept. 20, 2013, attended by his beloved and only son, Danny Greg Thompson.  He is survived by his six children  - Melanie Alexander of Tyler, Althea DiMambro of Longview, Donna Dones' of Lakeland, Fla., Merri Larsen of Ft.Worth, Teresa Sartors of Flint, and Danny Thompson of Lindale, along with 21 grandchildren and 28 great-grandchildren – each one the light of his life.    

Growing up in a loving family of 11 children, Ben Dan (as he was affectionately called) learned sterling character qualities which were evident his entire life.   He married the one true love of his life – Etta Doretha Jenkins Thompson, who preceded him in death by six months.   During their 66 years of beautiful family life, they worked tirelessly together in providing an energizing home of vibrant life and love to not only their own children, but countless others as well.    

Our beloved Daddy continually showed mercy, generosity, compassion and peace to all.   Along with Mother, he taught his children to focus on the positive and extend mercy.  As a powerful Church of Christ preacher of many years, we are blessed with his countless sermons, Bible notes and treasures.  If you knew him, you certainly experienced his creative gift of poetry and storytelling.  

The family respectfully offers deepest gratitude to Sundance Memory Care of Tyler and Hospice of East Texas for their outstanding care of beloved Mr. Thompson.

Friends and family are invited to celebrate his life of spiritual strength and beauty at Autry Funeral Home, 1025 SE Loop 456, Jacksonville TX - Visitation 5-7 p.m. on Wed., Sept. 26 - Memorial Service on Thursday, 10 a.m. Sept. 26, with Jerry Lowry officiating - Burial immediately following in Henry Cemetery, Gallatin.  

And Daddy – the world is far more beautiful for your presence here - for your legacy of family love forever enduring.