Alva Jerome "A.J." Thompson, 84, of Hardy, formerly of McCrory, died Feb. 5, 2003, at South Baldwin Hospital in Foley, Ala.
He was born in the Deview Community near McCrory and attended his first year of school there. He furthered his education in the McCrory Schools and was a football player in high school. He married Mary Elizabeth "Beth" Knight" Sept. 21, 1937.
While living in Woodruff County, he was a self-employed farmer. Later he moved his family to Hardy where they made their home and he was employed by Leland Oil Works until his retirement.
He was a member of Hardy United Methodist Church and was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He enjoyed fishing and gardening, and his famiy said this past year was the first time in his married life that he didn't have a garden of his own.
Survivors include his wife of 65 years; two daughters -- Elwans Haney of Foley, and Elizabeth Ann Raheem of Hardy; four sons -- Charles Wayne Thompson of Indianola, Miss., Jerome Floyd Thompson of Leeland, Miss., David Lee Thompson and Christopher Kerr Thompson, both of Hardy; nine grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
The funeral was Feb. 9 at Thompson-Wilson Funeral Chapel in McCrory with the Rev. Marcia Dodd officiating. Burial was in Woodman Cemetery in McCrory.
Arrangements were under the direction of Thompson-Wilson Funeral Directors of McCrory and Wynne.
The family requests memorial be made to Deview United Methodist Church, in care of the Rev. Stephen Waggoner, McCrory, AR 72101.