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William A.   "Jack" Thompson

William A.   "Jack" ThompsonWilliam A. "Jack" Thompson, age 83, of 4276 Arrow Road N.W., Carrollton, died Saturday afternoon, March 13, 2010, in Union Hospital at Dover, after a long illness.

Born Dec. 7, 1926, in Fayette, AL, he was the son of the late Jesse James and Hassie Davis Thompson.

He retired with more than 30 years of service from T.R.W., where he had worked as a foreman at both Cleveland and Minerva. 

He was a longtime member of the Ohio Wagon Train, and used his mule-drawn covered wagon to haul attendees of both Atwood Area Fall Festival and Algonquin Mill Festival from parking areas to festival grounds.  He entered his wagon in many area parades over the years.  Jack was a hobby farmer, enjoyed gardening, and was a member of the T.R.W. Rod and Gun Club.  He and his wife Betty spent their winters in Brownsville, TX, where he became an enthusiastic shuffleboard player.

He is survived by his wife, Betty L. Gerber Thompson, whom he married July 15, 2000;  a son, Jerry (Carole) Thompson of Willoughby; a brother, Joe (Gail) Thompson  and a sister Pat Poe, both of Tuscaloosa, AL; a sister-in-law, Velma Thompson; two step-daughters, Cindy Brannon of Mineral City  and Darrell (Sherry) McLaughlin of Green; two step-sons, Ralph (Joan) Kieffer of Mineral City and Tom Kieffer of Sherrodsville;  three grandchildren, Craig Thompson, Brian Thompson, and Hallie Mastroiani, all of Willoughby;  seven step-grandchildren, Michele, Jackie, Tyrone Tom, Justin, Matthew and Hunter; seven great-grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother Stancil and two sisters, Beatrice and Sue.

Funeral services were held, March 16 in Baxter-Gardner Funeral Home at Sherrodsville with Rev. Milo Baker and Rev. John Crawford officiating.  Interment followed in Sherrodsville Memorial Gardens. The family suggests memorial contributions may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.  To leave an online condolence, visit www.baxtergardner.com.

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