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A Memorial Service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at First Presbyterian Church of Ada for (Jerry) Bob Thompson, 76, of Ada.
He was born June 17, 1940, to Faye Kennamer Thompson and Bobby Thompson at Valley View Hospital in Ada. He died at his home Oct. 8, 2016.
He attended Willard Grade School, Ada Jr. High School and was a proud member of the Ada High School graduating class of 1958. He graduated in 1962 from East Central University with a business degree. Under the guidance of strong teachers at these schools, he developed a lifelong passion for history.
He married Nancy Lambert June 27, 1959, at First Presbyterian Church in Ada.
He was associated with a family owned business, Ada Auto Supply, until 1979, when he began working for PrePaid Legal Services, where he served on the board of directors and mentored many young professionals whose careers are now far reaching. He was honored to work with Virgil and Glenn Coffee at TVC Marketing, from where he retired in 2010. He was active in the Ada community and school affairs. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church, where he served as a deacon, an elder and church treasurer.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Faye Thompson and Bobby and Virginia Thompson; and his parents-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Lambert.
He is survived by his wife, Nancy; his son, Mark Thompson and his wife, Debbie, of Ada; his daughter, Melissa Thompson Smith and Ernie Dunlap of Ada; and his son, Matthew Thompson of Ada.
He is also survived by seven grandchildren who were his best friends and IT consultants, Joshua Thompson, Bobby Thompson, Jordan Smith, Ryan Thompson, Rachel Thompson, Ally Smith and Cody Smith.
Other family includes his brothers, Ronald and Rahmona Thompson and Paul and Susan Thompson, all of Norman; his niece, Elizabeth Thompson of Seattle; his brother-in-law, Jack and Sharon Lambert of Ada and their daughter, Sasha Clements, of Norman; and his former daughter-in-law, Kristina McManus. He leaves a host of cousins who he admired, treasured former co-workers and friends.
The family deeply appreciates the support of Jody Ardrey, APRN-CNP, and McCortney Family Hospice for their kindness and compassionate care.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a small contribution to First Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 56, Ada, OK 74821; or the Oklahoma History Center, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive, Oklahoma City, OK 73105-7917.
Published on October 11, 2016
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