William Marvin Thompson
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William Marvin Thompson
  • March 30, 1946 - February 18, 2017
  • Dallas, Texas

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William (Bill) Thompson

A Memorial Service to celebrate the life of William Thompson will be held Friday, February 24, 2017 at 3:00 P.M. at Park Cities Presbyterian Church, 4124 Oak Lawn Ave, Dallas, TX 75219.

In lieu of any memorial gifts and/or flowers, donations may be made to Union Gospel Mission, 3211 Irving Blvd, Dallas, TX 75247, or www.ugmdallas.org.

William (Bill) Thompson

Bill, the oldest of five children born to William and Ernestine Thompson, grew up in a small town in the Mississippi Delta. He accepted Jesus Christ as his Savior at the age of 12 in a summer revival held at his church. After graduation from high school, he attended Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio and graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Chemistry. His first professional job after college was as a chemist for Bristol-Meyers in Syracuse, New York. After about 12 years with Bristol-Meyers, he resigned his position to answer God's call to full-time ministry. He began a diligent search of the scriptures, engaging in self-study and sharing his faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. He volunteered in jail and prison ministry, nursing homes and taught Bible study at a small soup kitchen that served the homeless. On Saturday evenings, he held Bible study for homeless men in the basement of his home.

In 1982, Bill enrolled in Dallas Bible College and earned a degree in Biblical Studies. It was then that he started volunteering at the Union Gospel Mission (UGM). After volunteering there for over two years, he was hired to work at the Mission part time. He became the Assistant Director in 1986 and in 1988, he became the interim Director at the request of UGM's board. Later that year, he accepted the position of Executive Director. A founding member of Calvary Bible Church, Bill was asked to lead this all-volunteer congregation, which consisted mostly of homeless men and their families. One of the highlights of his career was the creation of "UGM Games Day", a time for homeless men, women and children to enjoy a day of fellowship, competition, food and fun in the local parks. Bill continued in both positions, director of UGM and pastor of Calvary Bible Church, until he was called home to be with the Lord.

Bill led a full, rich life. He made the most of the years God gave him. He was very active in sports while in high school, college and during his adult years. He was a talented saxophonist and flutist, and his piano skills were not all that bad. He belonged to many professional organizations and served on numerous boards.

Bill loved God. Prayer, study and witnessing were priorities in his life. He loved his family. He was a good son, a wonderful brother and a devoted husband and father. He loved the Mission. He valued his relationships with the Board, staff and disciples. He loved his friends. He cherished them all.


And he was loved. Oh, how he was loved.


Bill was preceded in death by his father, William Thompson; his grandmother, Annie Blunt Clark; his uncles, Oliver West and Walter Thompson; and cousin, Dwain Thompson. He is survived by his mother, Ernestine Thompson; his wife, Erma; his daughter, Erika; his sisters, Faye Thompson; Janice (MacArthur) DeShazer; and Joyce Thompson; and his brother, Terry (Priscilla) Thompson; and beloved cousins, nieces and nephews.

In lieu of any memorial gifts and/or flowers, donations may be made to Union Gospel Mission, 3211 Irving Blvd, Dallas, TX 75247