Another Pioneer Citizen Passes On

from The Malakoff News
Thursday, November 25, 1926

Funeral Services for Uncle Jack Thompson Held at Malakoff Cemetery Monday

J.M. Thompson, pioneer citizen of Henderson county, died at his home at LaRue, Texas Sunday morning November 21st, and was buried at the Malakoff cemetery Monday following at 2 p.m. Services were conducted at the grave by Rev. D.R. Cartlidge, assisted by Rev. H.B. Laney.

Mr. Thompson was born October 4th 1842 in Marengo county, Alabama, and had passed his 84th milestone in life some weeks ago. He came with his parents and brothers to Texas in 1854, locating one year in Cass County, and removing from the latter to Henderson county in 1855, locating in the Science Hill section, now known as the Cross Roads neighborhood. The civil war coming on later, he enlisted in one of the first military companies organized in the county by Jere Warren, Captain, and John C. Dunn, First Lieutenant, this company afterwards becoming a unit in Cooper’s brigade in the Trans-Mississippi Department.

He saw active engagement in several battles in Northern Arkansas, and after some months jmtwas captured at the defeat of the Confederates at Honey Springs, Arkansas. From there, with many of his comrades, he was taken to Camp Morton at Indianapolis, where, with thousands of others, he suffered untold privations and hardships for twenty months. About the close of hostilities he was transported to Richmond, Virginia and given his parole.

Owing to the demoralized conditions of travel and communication, he did not get home for nearly a year, and had been given up for a longer period as dead. Since that time he had lived the quiet life of an humble citizen, never attaching himself to, or attending, any re-union of his old comrades in arms, and not desirous of hearing the horrors rehearsed of the great tragedy of the sixties, he assumed the role of the “un-reconstructed rebel.” Yet he was loyal to his state and devoted to his church and community.

He leaves a devoted wife, two sons, James of Anderson county, and Leach of Hollis, Oklahoma and one daughter, Mrs. W.T. Williams of Cross Roads and two brothers, A.W. Thompson of Tulia, Texas and George B. Thompson, Malakoff.

During his long illness he gave personal directions for his funeral and burial, and with un-staggering faith in God, he quietly and serenely passed out of life. Peace to his ashes.


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