Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX

February 22, 2013

C.R. “Chuck” Thompson

Jacksonville Daily Progress

JACKSONVILLE — Funeral services for C. R. “Chuck” Thompson, age 88, of Jacksonville, are scheduled for 2 p.m. Sun., Feb. 24, at Autry Funeral Home chapel, Jacksonville with Rev. George Folmar, and Bud Ridgley officiating.

Mr. Thompson passed away Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013, in Jacksonville after a long, hard fight with Alzheimer’s.

He was born May 31, 1924, in Atlanta, Ga.

Mr. Thompson graduated from Commercial High School in Atlanta, Ga. He then enlisted in the U. S. Navy on Dec. 5, 1942.  He was trained in several places including Lon Morris Naval Aviation School.  On August 16, 1944 he was commissioned as a Naval Aviator of VPB 198 & VPB 200 flying low altitude bombers in the America Theater Asiatic-Pacific.  He was discharged Nov.11, 1945 to the Naval Reserve as LTJG then he was moved to Naval Reserve active in 1956, attending Naval Reserve Officers School in 1956.  Chuck was honorably discharged in 1965.

Mr. Thompson was an active businessman and civic leader serving as past vice president of the Lions Club.  He served the Chamber of Commerce as vice president, chairman of the Industrial Division, and member of the executive committee. He was instrumental in bringing numerous industries to Jacksonville.  He was a former member of the Board of Trustees of the Texas Bank & Trust.  Chuck owned and operated Thompson Funeral Home in Jacksonville and Frankston, Gould Monument Works and Texas Thompson Insurance in Jacksonville and Land of Memories Cemetery in Palestine.

Mr. Thompson will always be remembered for his generous spirit.  He was known for helping those in need.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Walter A. & Flora E. Thompson; sisters, Grace Douglas, Ruth Thompson, and Frances Thompson; and brothers, Travis, Floyd, and J. B. Thompson.

Survivors include his daughters, Gail Rainey of Jacksonville and Karen Luce and husband Billy of Whitehouse; grandchildren, Shannon Carpenter and husband Anthony of Jacksonville, Jason Lawless and wife Kelly of Lindale, Brandon Luce and wife Leslie of Canton, Lance Rainey and wife Lindsey of Lawton, Okla., and Andrew Luce of New Orleans, La.; great grandchildren, Brooke Price, Jordan Lawless, Kaleigh Lawless, Kelsi Luce, Haley Luce, Carson Carpenter, and Brittany Carpenter.

Pallbearers will be Jason Lawless, Brandon Luce, Lance Rainey, Andrew Luce, Jordan Lawless, Billy Luce and Anthony Carpenter.

Mr. Thompson’s family would like to thank the staffs of Bonner Street Plaza in Jacksonville, and Heart to Heart Hospice, Tyler for their loving care.

Visitation will be Sat., Feb. 23, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Autry Funeral Home, Jacksonville.

Memorials may be made to the Crisis Center, 700 E. Cherokee, Jacksonville, TX  75766, HOPE Inc., 595 So. Ragsdale, Jacksonville, TX  75766, or to Fitsteps For Life, 4202 So. Broadway, Tyler, TX  75751.