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“I was so sorry to read in the Beacon that Mrs. Bessie had passed away. She was a special part of my childhood - she was a part of the childhood of...Read More »
1 of 10 | Posted by: Charlotte Plakiotis

“Dear Thompson Family, What a Lady!!!! I am sure there are countless stories of going to Thompson's and Mrs. Bessie fixing you a ice cream cone. ...Read More »
2 of 10 | Posted by: Les and Darlene Siscoe

“John sorry to hear about your grandmother's passing. She was a sweet lady and will be missed greatly by your family and the community. ...Read More »
3 of 10 | Posted by: Justin( Droop)&Katherine Gregory

“The Thompson Family...you all are in our prayers...the kindness that Mrs. Bessie extended will be remember by so many of us...she will be greatly...Read More »
4 of 10 | Posted by: Jon Jon & Miranda (Guimbellot) Boyte

“Our deepest sympathy for the entire Thompson Family for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with each of you. ”
5 of 10 | Posted by: Delores Traweek Family and Gerald Hicks Family

“Doug,Nellie,Pat, Zoe and entire Thompson family, we want you to know how sorry we are to hear of Mrs. Thompson's death.We pray for comfort for your...Read More »
6 of 10 | Posted by: Susie Wilson & Mickie DeMoss

“I am so sorry to hear the news. You (the family)probably won't know who i am. My name is Nina, I am a daughter of Joyce (Payne) Marsh. Moma is very...Read More »
7 of 10 | Posted by: Nina Marsh

“Vanessa and Ben and family, I am so sorry about your grandmother passing, I know how close you were to her and I hope it helps you both and your...Read More »
8 of 10 | Posted by: Tammy Brasher

“Dear Thompson Family, you will be in my prayers. Thanks so much for the memories I have of stopping by the store and knowing you over the years. ...Read More »
9 of 10 | Posted by: Monty Hogg

“Doug, Nellie, Pat, Zoe, and the Thompson family, Our thoughts and prayers are with you at the loss of Mrs. Thompson. I remember stopping by the store...Read More »
10 of 10 | Posted by: Bob and Jane Jones


In Memory of
Bessie Payne Thompson

Funeral services for Bessie Thompson, 92, of Holly Ridge were held Wednesday, June 20, 2007 at 10:00 AM at Bethel Baptist Church in Holly Ridge with Rev. David Herrington, Rev. Keith Evans, and Rev. Marvin Reiger officiating.

Bessie Payne Thompson was born on September 22, 1914 in Epps, LA and passed away on Sunday, June 17, 2007 after a lengthy illness.

Mrs. Bessie as everyone called her or "maw maw" (along with Mr. Manual until his death in 1995) ran Thompson's Grocery north of Holly Ridge for over 40 years until her health failed her. The community store was noted for the breakfast she prepared and the ice cream she dipped (as it is still in operation today as would be her wishes). Thompson's Grocery is a place everyone could come and eat, sit and visit; she would have it no other way. Many children and grandchildren were raised in the store.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 63 years Manuel Thompson. She is survived by Four Sons, Douglas Thompson and wife, Nellie of Monroe, LA, Tommy Thompson and wife, Shirley of Holly Ridge, Ronnie Thompson and wife, Tanja of Monroe, LA, and Terry Thompson and wife, Denise of Holly Ridge; Grandchildren, Pat McLawchlin, Zoe Brooks, Greg Thompson, Vanessa Morgan, John Thompson, Niki Thompson, Menko Thompson, Mara Thompson, Juri Thompson, Terrah Marsh, and Justin Thompson; Fourteen Great Grandchildren; eight Step Great Grandchildren; and two Great-Great Grandchildren; and seven Step Great-Great Grandchildren; Several Nieces and Nephews, and a host of Friends.

Grandsons, Greg Thompson, John Thompson, Justin Thompson, Menko Thompson, Juri Thompson, and Ben Thompson served as pallbearers.

Honorary pallbearers were the past and present Early Morning Breakfast Crowd of Thompson's Grocery.

All memorials may be sent to Bethel Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, 134 Bethel Church Road, Rayville, LA 71269.

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