1963 - 2020
Douglas Kent Thompson, age 56, passed away on January 7, 2020. He was born in Beaumont, TX on April 25, 1963 to Marvin Morris and Bobbye Kyle Thompson.
His stalwart, ardent nature shined brightly in all that he endeavored, expressing itself through the clefts and crevices of daily life, the unconditional compassion of his person, and the bigness of his heart. From his youth, his wit and creativity were evident, and while on occasion he would appear hardheaded, it was born from his feelings about the things he believed in and the people that he loved. Being 20 years old, he made a trip to see family in Teneha, TX and there met a young lady named Brenda. While on their first date at a drive-in theatre in Center, TX, she was certainly enamored with his handsomeness, but it was undeniable that a special spark was ignited that would last for the rest of their lives together. Six months later while sitting on a porch swing, as optimistic as ever and completely in love, Doug “asked” for Brenda’s hand in marriage, saying to her, “I’m gonna marry you, and I’m not taking no for an answer.” On January 14, 1984, they married; from that day till the day he died, regardless of what money or material goods they had, he gave Brenda his heart. Proudly serving in the US Air Force, he spent four years active duty and eight years in the reserve. Any room that Doug entered was promptly made aware of his presence; with a recognizable “Hey! I’m here”, he made sure that folks heard him. Life blessed him with two sons, and when he became a “Poppie”, he cherished and worshipped his grandchildren, giving them 110 percent of his time and effort. He faced adversity after suffering from two severe automobile accidents, causing him much pain and discomfort, yet he struggled through it for over twenty years. Though his injuries limited him, he developed a loved a love for cooking, became a master tinkerer and project starter, an exceptional fisherman, and an avid fan of the Blues genre. For the deep mark that Doug’s character left on those around him, he will be missed, and for his passionate, unconditional love, he will forever live on in the hearts of his family.
Left to honor his memory is his loving wife of 35 years, Brenda Thompson; mother, Bobbye Thompson Savoy of Lumberton, TX; sons, Michael Thompson and wife, Melissa, and David Thompson of Lumberton, TX; brothers, Steven Lyle Thompson and wife, Margaret, of Lumberton, TX, Leslie Carl Thompson and wife, Maureen, of Bay Shore, NY, and David Glenn Thompson of Lumberton, TX; grandchildren, Christopher David and Rayleigh Michelle; and a host of extended family, friends and loved ones.
Preceding Doug in death is his father.
Visitation with family and friends will be from 6:00 p.m to 8:00 p.m., Friday, January 10, 2020 at Grace Church, 1130 Hwy 69, Kountze, TX. Doug’s life honoring service will be at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, January 11, 2020, also at the church, and burial will follow at 3:00 p.m. at Old Center Cemetery, 7086 HWY 699, Tenaha, TX.
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