Wilbur Thompson, son of the late Roger and Collean Thompson, was born July 15, 1927, in Oxford, Mississippi. His early years were filled with inspiring stories of being a self-taught farmer to heartwarming acts of love for Christ, family, and community. An act of love that Wilbur often exhibited was his dedication to serve as his father’s driver to local NAACP meetings in an effort to bring positive change to his community. This early foundation of love and community served as the solid support to his priceless familial, spiritual and civic contributions.
Wilbur’s love for Christ and people was always reflected in his signature smile, gentle spirit and daily interactions. He shared his love for Christ while serving as a faithful member of Beverly United Methodist Church where he shared his time and wisdom in various leadership roles.
Wilbur was united in holy matrimony to Dories Blake in February 1948. He was a devoted husband and loving father.
Wilbur, affectionately known as Daddy, Papa, Mr. Wilbur and Mr. Thompson, lived his blessed life showing the love of Christ to others as he tilled the soil of his farmland, planted the seeds and nurtured the plants to maturity. He graciously and obediently shared the harvest of his labor with family, friends and community. He was a visible sign of Christ’s love as he always vowed that no one in the family or community would be hungry as long as he had a garden. His continued love for community was also shown through his service as a bus driver for the Institute of Community Services, Incorporated Early Head Start Program where he lovingly and safely transported the community’s children for 50 years.
On Saturday, February 19, 2022, Christ selected a beautiful flower from His Earthly Garden to plant in His Heavenly Garden. God whispered to Wilbur “Well done, my good and faithful servant! Come Home!” Wilbur peacefully answered the whisper of Christ from his earthly life to his eternal life with Christ! His Christian life was as beautiful as the garden he loved, and his influence will forever remain in the lives of all who knew him.
His wide smile, big heart and immeasurable love for everyone will be missed by his wife of 74 years, Dories; daughters; Delores Barnes of Memphis, Tennessee, Margaret Gipson and Sherryln (John) Adams both of Oxford, Mississippi; sons, Hugh Roger Thompson of Memphis, Tennessee and Wilfred (Sallie) Thompson of Oxford, Mississippi; 13 grandchildren, 37great grandchildren, 10 great-great grandchildren; two sisters, Angelean Jones of Jackson, Mississippi and Burnette Thompson of St. Louis, Missouri; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Wilbur was preceded in death by his parents, Collean and Roger; daughter, Myra L.; son, Fredrick, grandson, John Arnil; great grandson, John Arnil II; daughter-in-love, Dorothy; sons-in-love, Grover and Marvin; beloved siblings: Buford, Eunice, Herron, Doris, George, Ervin, and Rossie Lee, all who patiently await his arrival in heaven. Oh, what a reunion this will be! Blessed be the name of the Lord!