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Deacon Richard F. Thompson, son of Elder James and Sallie Thompson, was born in Carroll County, Virginia, Nov. 20, 1846, and died Mar. 18, 1917.


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 Patrick County, Virginia, and to whom were born one son and two daughters, Eliza A., .James M and Sarah M Thompson. The son and Eliza A. preceding him to the grave.


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, Patrick County, Virginia, on Saturday before the first, Sunday in June, 1870, and was baptized by his father, Elder James Thompson.


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, Carroll County, Virginia; but, after the death of his first wife and his second marriage, he 'moved to Patrick County, Virginia, near the "Pinnacles of Dan." Later, he returned to Laurel Fork; but, after spending a few years there, he came to his late home on Snake Creek, Carroll County, Virginia.


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.




Hillsville, VA