Sequoyah High School ~ Employee's Child 1950s
MUSKOGEE, Ok -- James "Jim" T. Thompson , 74, of Muskogee passed away, Friday, March 6, 2009, surrounded by his loved ones. He was born Nov. 22, 1934, at Pierre, S.D., to Thomas Fox (Tommie Thompson- Seq. Boys Advisor 1950s) and Dorothy (Fudge) Thompson.
Jim graduated from Tahlequah High School, where he enjoyed playing basketball and was known as “Squirrel” by the coaches. After earning an education degree from NorthEastern State University, Jim joined the U.S. Army.
Upon the completion of service, Jim started his teaching career in Arizona on an Navajo Indian Reservation and later transferred to the Seneca Indian School in Wyandotte. Seneca closed in 1980, and Jim returned to the reservation in Arizona, retiring in 1998.
Jim enjoyed all sports and loved to dance, fish and travel, which included every state.
Jim was preceded in death by his daughter, Tonya Adams; his son, Jon Davie Thompson; two sisters, Jean Baker and Jody McCrary; and one granddaughter, Autumn Thompson.
He is survived by his wife, Zereta Thompson of the home; his four children, Tara and Bryon Cook of Seneca, Mo.; Teresa and Charlie Bennett of Joplin, Mo.; Thomas Fox Thompson II and Andrea of Joplin, Mo., and J. T. Thompson of Galena, Kan.; two stepchildren, Jack David Travis Jr. and Maria of Houston, and James Dirk Travis and Maria of Muskogee; 20 grandchildren and four great-7 grandchildren.
Friends and family will gather to celebrate the life of Jim Thompson at 10 a.m., Tuesday, March 10, 2009, at the Bradley Belltower Chapel, with Rev. James McCracken officiating. Interment will follow in Tahlequah City Cemetery with Wayne Adams, Junior Adams, Tom Adams, Chuck Adams, Josh Young and Gerald Graham serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be Theron Speaks (Seq-'58), Boyd Speaks (Seq-'57), Jim Terrell, Gale Barnes, Russell Hutchens, Lester Morgan, Melvin Harrison and Frank Davis.
The family has entrusted Bradley Family Funeral Service of Muskogee with the arrangements. Friends may send condolences to the family on the web page www.bradleyfuneralservice.com.