Pioneer builder in the southern textile industry, founder of Siluria Cotton Mills,
Thomas Carlyle Thompson
benefactor to the Thompson schools, and responsible for much of the early years of Siluria.
Thomas Carlyle Thompson
June 22, 1850 ~ October 5, 1922
By Bobby Joe Seales
The Birmingham Post, Saturday, October 7, 1922
T.C. THOMPSON IS BURIED HERE
Noted Contractor Dies At His Home In Siluria.
Burial services for T.C. Thompson, who died at his home in Siluria Thursday night, took place today in Oak Hill cemetery. The body arrived at 11:15 a.m. today and was taken direct to the cemetery.
The death of Mr. Thompson was sudden. He had suffered an attack of pneumonia several weeks ago, but was seemingly improving when his death came.
Mr. Thompson was one of the leading contractors in the south, having constructed the Empire building and many other large and costly buildings here. He was a well-known builder of cotton mills, having built some of the largest in the south, while using the firm name of Thompson & Brother, stationed in Charlotte, N.C.. Mr. Thompson was president of the Buck Creek Cotton Co., at Siluria, at the time of his death.
Mr. Thompson was a leader in community life as well as in business. In Birmingham, he was a charter member of the Southern Club, Member of the Birmingham Country Club, Birmingham Athletic Club and Rotary Club.
He is survived by his wife; a daughter, Mrs. W.H. Weller of Birmingham, and a brother who was in business with him at Charlotte; three sisters, Miss Cornelia Thompson, Mrs. Margaret Vann, and Mrs. Mary E. Keller, all of Birmingham.
Pallbearers were: Active, heads of departments of the Siluria Mill. Honorary, Major W.B. Leedy, Arthur Cheneweth, John V. Coe, Ben M. Jacobs, S.J. McCaugrin, Dr. George Eubank, Frank S. Foster, Chappel Cory, E.J. Smyer, and Charles M. Allen. Johns was in charge of the services.
Children of Thomas Carlyle and Julia Nancy (Seaman) Thompson
(1) Lurline Thompson, "Daughter of T.C. & Julia S. Thompson," born August 26, 1884, died June 6, 1885.
She is buried in Oak Hill Cemetery in Jefferson County Alabama.
(2) Elizabeth May Thompson, born February 14, 1888, died December 11, 1952.Miss Elizabeth May Thompson married William Henry Weller, Jr. on December 9, 1916 in Siluria, Shelby County Alabama. William H. Weller, Jr. was president of U.S. Fuel Company in Birmingham, Alabama. They divorced in Jefferson County Alabama in 1924. William H. Weller died in Jefferson County Alabama on January 15, 1954. Their child was Thomas Carlyle Weller, 1921-1996, a 1940 graduate of Thompson High School in Siluria, Shelby County Alabama. The obituary, The Birmingham News, Thursday, December 11, 1952, "Mrs. Elizabeth Thompson Weller, 64, 1125 Lake View Crescent, a member of a pioneer Birmingham family died this morning at a local infirmary. Mrs. Weller was a daughter of the late Thomas Carlyle Thompson, who was in the contracting business in Birmingham. Surviving are a son, Thomas Carlyle Weller, Sr. and three grandchildren, Julia H. Weller of Dallas, Texas; Thomas Carlyle Weller, Jr. and Walter Bolton Weller, both of Theodore, Alabama. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow from the West Chapel of John-Ridout's. The Rev. John Turner will officiate." Oak Hill Cemetery records indicate date of interment for Elizabeth Thompson Weller was December 15, 1952, "cremated, urn placed in triple-depth brick vault, top crypt." The last child of T. Carlyle Weller, Sr., born after the death of his mother, was Ellen Elizabeth Weller.