Johnny Lynn Thompson, Sr., born at Cross Roads on February 6, 1936 left
this world Thursday, June 17, 2022. Johnny graduated Guernsey High
School and later Southern State College in Magnolia, Arkansas. He received
his Master’s degree from Sam Houston University at Huntsville, Texas. He
met and married the love of his life, LaJuan Jones, while at Southern State.
They married in 1957 and went to Texas to begin his coaching and teaching
Johnny begam coaching at Wallis, Texas and then moved to Saratoga,
Texas. The next job was at Paul Pewitt in Omaha, Texas staying there
seven years. Johnny Lynn, II and Sandra Kay, the couple’s first two children
were born while living in Saratoga. Son Stanley Dwight joined the family in
1964. After leaving Omaha, he coached at Troup, Texas where he built the
team that won the Texas State Championship. He finished his coaching
career at West Rusk High School before becoming a principal.
Johnny was well-known as a hard worker all his life. Getting his hands dirty
working in the garden, building fences, working on farm implements and
lawn mowers or whatever gave him much satisfaction.
Quail and duck hunting as well as fishing were his favorite sports while
growing up. Later on, fishing for large catfish seemed to be his greatest fun.
Johnny loved his family and God, and you could find all five of them in
church every Sunday morning.
Predeceasing Johnny are his parents, Johnnie and Nina Thompson, his
brother Bill, and son-in-law Steve Siler.
Surviving is his wife, LaJuan of 64 years, a son Johnny (Liz); daughter
Sandra Kay; a son Stan (Sharyla). Gradnchidlren, Austin Siler (Sarah), Nick
Siler, Clay Thompson (Lainey), Bryan Thompson, Kaley Thompson Tucker
(Curt), Brady Thompson (Layton). Great-grandchildren Boone, Houston,
and Jones Stiler; Karson and Korbin Thompson; and Tessa Tucker.
Visitation is scheduled 5:00-7:00pm Sunday, June 19, 2022 at Herndon-
Fuqua Funeral Home in Hope, Arkansas.
A visitation will be 10:00 til celebration of life at 11:00am Monday, June 20,
2022 at First Baptist Church, Hope, Arkansas with Reverend Daniel Bramlett
Burial will follow at Westmoreland Cemetery in Cross Roads, Arkansas,
under the direction of Herndon-Fuqua Funeral Home. Pallbearers are his six
grandsons Austin, Nick, Clay, Bryan, Brady, and Curt.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Westmoreland Cemetery.
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