Cook-Walden Chapel of the Hills Funeral Home

9700 Anderson Mill Road, Austin, TX


Luther Wilburn Thompson Jr.

January 14, 1926June 12, 2020

Luther W. Thompson Jr., passed away June 12, 2020 at his home in Austin, TX at the age of 94. He was born in Tyler, TX on January 14, 1926 to Luther and Vera Eula. Luther was a U.S. Navy veteran who proudly served his country as an Aviator during both WWII and the Korean War. He was a beloved husband, brother, and grandfather who will be missed dearly. Luther spent the last 25 years pursuing his passion for fishing and left behind a stringer full of fishing buddies. He is also survived by his wife of 71 years, Rosemary Thompson, his granddaughter Jessica R. Murray, his brother Joseph, and two other grandchildren Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.cookwaldenchapelofthehills.com


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    Saturday, June 20, 2020


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Becky Black

June 19, 2020

Luther is a fishing legend that will be missed dearly. I will be forever grateful for the friend he was to my father. I knew Luther all my life and he was always kind to me. Whenever he came over to visit he’d ask all kinds of questions because he truly cared for our family. He also loved to tell me detailed fishing stories and as it turns out, I’m just the same way whenever I go fishing.

Growing up, Luther would call my dad weekly and every time I’d answer his voice would boom “Where’s the big fisherman!?” I can still hear him perfectly. Then I would holler for my dad saying “Luther has a fishing report for you!” They had a special bond and shared countless memories fishing together. We commonly use the saying “Where’s the big fisherman?” as a term of endearment.

It’s a special thing to have known a man like Luther. The last time we spoke I was able to tell him that I recently caught more fish than my dad. I’d like to think he was impressed or that it made him smile.

So where is Luther, the Original Big Fisherman now? I imagine him sitting beside beautiful calm waters paired with a brilliant sunset, a whiskey in one hand, and fishing rod in the other. Perfectly at peace.

Sending all my love to Rosemary,

Becky Black

George Sutton

June 19, 2020

I first met Luther in the early to mid 90’s thru a good friend of mine ,Mike Black,when we went down to fish at Luther’s place at Sea Gun on the Lamar peninsula.The next morning we had a particularly good wade fishing day and (at the time I had a full beard ),Luther gave me the nickname “the bearded wonder”.Over the years some of our other fishing buddies came down to Luther’s and he gave them nicknames as well.After Luther sold his place and lived full time in Austin I would stop by from time to time on my way home from work and have a toddy or two with the “red rider”.You’ll be missed Luther and I’m looking forward to getting together with Mike , Bill, and Randy and having a drink in your honor.Tommy Sutton

Mike Black

June 18, 2020

I was fortunate to know Luther for over 40 years. First we rented then bought the house on Ramsey St. in Austin. My wife Pam and I got married and raised our two children, Michael and Becky, there. We lived in our home for 27 years and moved to Lamar not far from the Sea Gun home Luther and Rosemary owned.
Luther and I shared a love for fishing although he preferred bank fishing to wading. In 1990 Michael and I were down wade fishing and catching some nice trout. That night Luther asked Michael if he was going to wade the next morning. Michael said he was going to sleep in and Luther immediately asked. “Can I borrow your waders?”
The rest was history. Luther began wading that shoreline as often as the weather permitted. Told me more than once that “wade fishing has saved my life” Luther caught tons of fish out there. He would often call and ask me, “How’s the Big Fisherman?” And he’d proceed with, “Well, let me tell you a fish story”. You best sit down cause it’s gonna take a while.
We’ve lived in Lamar nearly 13 years now and Becky loves coming down to fish with her husband, sometimes out fishing both of us.
Luther the “Red Rider” will be missed by all that knew him, that fished with him, and shared a toddy with him. Thanks for the fond memories.
Our love to Rosemary.

The Black family

Betty Korts

June 17, 2020

I was so saddened to learn of Bill’s passing. Rosemary, I know you will be lonesome after such a long and happy marriage to such a sweet guy. Aren’t you lucky to have had all those wonderful years? Hold fast to those sweet memories. Love, Betty Ann

Bobbie Herzog

June 17, 2020

Rosemary, Im so sorry for your loss. I remember Vicki talking about how much her daddy loved going to the coast. And she spoke fondly of the card he signed for her on that last birthday...it meant so much to her. And now they are together again, talking together with Michael. 🙏
I will pray for you daily as you learn to live without them for a little while. Bless you, sweet lady. II Cor. 4:18, “...because we look not at what can be seen but at what cannot be seen; for what can be seen is temporary, but what cannot be seen is eternal.”
Love, Bobbie