Deacon Richard F. Thompson, son of Elder James and Sallie
Thompson, was born in
He was a Confederate soldier in the latter part of the Civil war and was married to Miss Lucy A. Vass, daughter of Elder Thomas S. Vass, July, 1865, and to which union was born one daughter, Mary T., now the wife of Alexander Hawks.
After the death of his first wife, he was married to Mrs. Susan
H. Sandefer, daughter of Deacon James Barnard, of
His last marriage was to Miss Mary L. Henley, daughter of Lewis and Susanah Henley, Feb. 12, 1891, to whom was born one daughter, Ossie D., the wife of Arnold C. Webb.
He united with the Primitive Baptist church at Bellspur,
He was ordained deacon in said church, on Saturday before the first Sunday in March, 1873, which office he filled till his death.
Brother Thompson was given to hospitality, and a kinder neighbor the writer has never known.
He first started out in life for himself on Laurel Fork,
Brother Thompson was afflicted for more than a year with Heart Dropsy, but bore his afflictions as patiently as any one could, who suffered so much.
He always held the Primitive Baptist faith and people in high esteem, and loved to talk of their good meetings; and, on the day of his death, expressed his readiness to go. .
It is almost needless to say that a man of his kindly disposition left a host of friends, as well as relatives, to mourn their loss.
M. PRICE WEBB,