Adrian Thompson



Tupelo-A beloved Tupelo figure, James Adrian Thompson, 95, left this earthly world surrounded by his children on June 7, 2018. He was born March 24, 1923 in Monette, AR to Vinnie Lou Bibb and Sam A. Thompson . His father was Sheriff of Monette and was killed in the Line of Duty in 1954 and his mother lived to the age of 99.

A Service of Death and Resurrection, with military honors, is Today, Saturday, June 9, at 3 p.m. at First United Methodist Church in Tupelo with Rev. Fred Britton and Rev. Andy Ray officiating. Steve Holland will deliver reflections . Visitation will be in Wesley Hall from 1 PM-service time today. Burial will follow at Tupelo Memorial Gardens immediately following the service.

Pallbearers are Dustin Thompson, Patton Thompson, Zach Thompson, Scott T. Rogers, Ken Krason, Levi Dendy and Lily Winesett, who wrote a letter every week addressed to Papaw Thompson. Honorary Pallbearers including their families are Dr Alan Flowers, Dr Swan Burrus, Dr Dustin Markle, Dr Barney Guyton, Lauren Babb, Jim Bain,
Edwin Crenshaw, Mitch Ellett, Bill Murphree, Phil Ruff, Steve Holland, Philip Williams, Liz Krason Sojourner, FUMC ushers and all his many doctor and pharmacy friends.

Adrian gladly served his country with the Army Air Corps in India in WWII as one of The Greatest Generation. Upon returning stateside, he attended St Louis College of Pharmacy and received his Doctorate in Pharmacy in 1953. He was co-owner of Thompson-Weems Drug Store in Monette. In 1954, he sold the store and began his career of 32 years in pharmaceutical sales with Eli Lilly & Co valuing his friendships with his many doctor and pharmacy friends in Tupelo. Recently he said to a friend, “Every day is a good day, just some are better than others.” While calling on a doctor years ago, he was asked “Who do you work for?” Pulling out a picture of his 5 children he said, “this is who I work for.”

First United Methodist Church, Tupelo, has been his beloved church since 1954. He attended faithfully and regularly. Adrian served on many committees and boards through those years including Finance, Administrative Board, Staff-Parish Relations, Board of Laity, and Usher Chairman for 40 years. He was referred to as “The Usher Man”, or “The Rusher” as a particular young child used to say. He was a charter member of Mended Hearts Tupelo Chapter, delivered Meals on Wheels and was a member of Shepherd’s Center in the community. He was a member of the Wellness Center for many years and on his last birthday was celebrated as the oldest member, still exercising on his bicycle until recently failing health.

Adrian and Clara Crawford Thompson were married in l967. They enjoyed many years of traveling the country with Wally Byum Airstream Club, countless baseball, football and basketball games, piano and dance recitals, soccer games and school musicals. Throughout their life together, Church was a top priority and every time the doors were open, they were there.

Adrian is survived by his children: Sheila Sellers, Lynette Bolen, Tommy Thompson (Margaret), Carean Dendy (Butch) and Cecil Thompson; 11 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, 4 great-great-grandchildren and a special niece, Woodie Cook.

He is preceded in death by his most precious Clara on Oct. 18, 2013; his parents, and siblings: Infant twin brothers, Linder Thompson, Richard Thompson, Sanford Thompson and Nadine Crews. He is also preceded in death by his son,Sam Thompson, daughter, Gloria Martin, a grandson, Baby Thompson and his precious granddaughter,
Maggie Thompson Phipps (Cass).

Daddy did not like long obituaries, but that was him, and this is us, honoring his life as our patriarch and Rock. Memoirals may be made to Meals on Wheels, 2800 West Main St., Tupelo, MS. 38801, First United Methodist Church, P. O. Box 412, Tupelo, MS. 38802 or Sanctuary Hospice House, P. O. Box 2177, Tupelo, MS. 38802.