Benton Biggs Thompson
Fri, 2014-08-01 05:00 News Staff
June 8, 1921 ~ July 28, 2014
A Celebration of Life for Benton Biggs Thompson, age 93, of 1604 Connie Street, Copperas Cove, Texas was held at Crawford and Bowers Funeral Home, Copperas Cove, Texas on 28 July 2014. Visitation began at 9-11 a.m. in the Funeral Home Chapel. A graveside military service immediately followed at the Copperas Cove City Cemetery. Mr. Thompson passed away at the Hill Country Nursing Home, Copperas Cove, Texas at 1206 p.m. July 19, 2014 after a long illness. Mr. Thompson was born 8 June 1921, in Brandon, Texas to Marvin and Goldie Thompson. His childhood years were spent in Hillsboro, Texas before entering the U.S. Army on 13 June 1939 in Dallas, Texas. He was initially assigned to Fort Clark, Del Rio, Texas and later joined the corps cadre for formation of the 91st Infantry Division at Medford, Ore. He served with the 91st until conclusion of World War II. He also served during the Korean Conflict and retired as a Master Sergeant after 20 years of service at Fort Hood, Texas. After military service, Mr. Thompson served in positions with Civil Service at Fort Hood, Texas and with the City of Copperas Cove before he retired completely. Mr. Thompson enjoyed and mastered Dominoes, Ping-Pong, Bowling and Horseshoes. He was full of life and he and his wife always enjoyed spending time with his children and grandchildren at family functions. Preceding him in death was his wife of 63 years, Edith May Thompson; daughter, Linda Gale Eastman; son, Benton Biggs (Benny) Thompson Jr. and grandson, Benton Scott (Scott) Weidinger. Surviving Mr. Thompson are daughters, Cynthia Ann (Cindy) and Jasper W. Johnson Jr. of Copperas Cove; Glenda Darlene (Dee) and Bob Cole of Benton, La.; Delma (Skeeter) and Thomas Wade of Greenville, Ark; Belinda (Gidget) and Mark Coburn of Cedar Park; 12 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren. The family would like to express our heartfelt appreciation to Susan Lewis and Rita Anderson for their loving care and concern for Benton during the last six years of his life. A special appreciation goes out to the Hill Country Nursing Home for their exceptional care of Benton during the last days of his life. We realize there were many in the Copperas Cove community that would have attended the service had they known, and the family would like to express our appreciation for all their thoughts and prayers during this time of sorrow. Let us all rejoice knowing that Benton is now in a better place. May God bless his soul!