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Lawrence Thompson, 91, gained his heavenly reward on Jan. 5, 2013. He was born Dec. 8, 1921, to James Autie and Martha (VanHouden) Thompson.
He proudly served his country as a US Army medic in World War II from 1942 to 1945. Lawrence was awarded three Bronze Stars in the Hurtgen Forest Battle of the Rhineland and the Battle of the Bulge.
After returning home he met LaDena Boyle and they were married 10 days later. Three daughters were born to this union.
Lawrence was a Christian and loved to sing the old gospel quartet songs with his family. In later years the joy of his life was his three granddaughters and then his five great-grandchildren. With the great-grandkids he finally had boys in his family. His family remembers him as an honest man who was proud of his country but also as a Christian who desired that his family be ready to meet him again.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Bobby Thompson; a twin sister, Florence McKellar; as well as son-in-law Troy Sherrill.
Lawrence is survived by his wife of 66 years, LaDena; three daughters, Janie Streight and husband, Gary, of Ava, Linda Leonard and husband, Steve, of Conway, and Connie Sherrill, of Ava. He is also survived by three granddaughters, Tara Johnson and husband, James, Tracy Rodgers and husband, Lee, all of Ava, and Tanya Silvey and husband, Tommy, of Mansfield. Surviving great-grandchildren are Hailey and Tyler Johnson, Brenna Rodgers, Brandon Dennis and Shane Silvey. It was his great desire that they all be ready to meet him again in eternity.
Funeral services for Lawrence were conducted in the Ava General Baptist Church at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 9, with burial following in the Fannon Cemetery. A visitation was hosted in the Ava General Baptist Church Tuesday, Jan. 8.
All arrangements were under the care and direction of Ava Family Funeral Home, Ava, Mo.
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