OBITUARY

Steven W. Thompson

February 18, 1945April 1, 2021
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Services for Major (Ret.) Steven W. Thompson, 76, of Killeen, Texas, will be Tuesday, April 13, 2021. Mr. Thompson died April 1 at Kabbage Patch Residential Living in Harker Heights, Texas, with complications of Parkinson’s disease. The funeral service will commence at Crawford-Bowers Funeral Home with visitation at 12 noon and the service at 1pm. Burial will be at 3pm at Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery in Killeen, TX, with full military honors. Mr. Thompson was born February 18, 1945, in Birmingham, AL,to Clyde and Doris Thompson. He accepted Christ at an early age, and I am thankful to know he is in his heavenly home. He was a member and Deacon of Skyline Baptist Church in Killeen, TX. Mr. Thompson graduated from Jones Valley High School in Birmingham, AL, and attended the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa before joining the U.S. Army in 1966. Mr. Thompson received his BA in Economics and Business Administration from Parkville College in Parkville, MO. In his 20 years active duty, he served two tours in Vietnam, Germany, and many stateside assignments before retirement from Fort Hood, TX, in 1986. Following active duty, he contributed 21 years of civil service to our Nation, retiring in2007 as Deputy Director of the Future Force Test Directorate, U.S. Army Operational Test Command (USAOTC). Mr. Thompson married the love of his life, Mary Alexander, on May 27, 1969, in Birmingham, AL. He is survived by his wife of 51 years, their two daughters, Alexa (Pete) Manza of Austin, TX, and Mitzi (Mike) Fennell of Lakeway, TX, and their four grandchildren, Jiamin Manza, Blake Fennell, Garrett Baertich, and Murphy Fennell. Also surviving are his two brothers, Ky (Enid) Thompson, Mark Thompson, and sister, Eva Fay (Conrad) Richardson, all of Birmingham, AL. He was a fun-loving guy and avid Star Trek fan who loved to tell jokes and “enrich” us with trivia! He loved God, his country, family, church, fishing, golf, traveling with family and/or friends, and spending his football Saturdays with his dogs watching Alabama – Roll Tide! Mr. Thompson’s favorite Bible verse: And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose, Romans 8:28. In lieu of flowers we ask you to consider donating to Kabbage Patch Homes, 601 Mustang Trail, Harker Heights, TX 76548. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.crawfordbowersfuneralhome.com for the Thompson family

  • PALLBEARERS

  • Pete Manza, Active Pallbearer
  • Peter Manza, Active Pallbearer
  • Mike Fennell, Active Pallbearer
  • Blake Fennell , Active Pallbearer
  • Mark Thompson, Active Pallbearer
  • Larry Sprabary , Active Pallbearer
  • Conrad Richardson, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Arthur Alexander, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Ky Thompson, Honorary Pallbearer

Services

  • Visitation Prior to Service

    Tuesday, April 13, 2021

  • Funeral Service at Crawford-Bowers Funeral Home Killeen

    Tuesday, April 13, 2021

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Blake Bell

April 15, 2021

I am so sorry to hear of Steve's passing. I remember Steve, Mary and Alexa from my time spent at Skyline Baptist Church. You were all so fun to be around. I recall one day, a long time ago, when I was driving by your house near Ellison HS and saw that there was a party going on. I stopped by and found out that it was an adult's group gathering of Skyline Church members, but I was allowed to stay and play volleyball and other games with everyone. That was a fun day and am glad I was allowed to stay. I actually thought about your family the other day when I was in town watching my son's baseball team play at Ellison HS. I haven't lived in Killeen in 25+ years, but still remember those that had an influence in my life. My thoughts and prayers are with the entire family during this difficult time.

Steve Barbee

April 13, 2021

I was very sorry to hear this news. I worked with Steve for many years at OTC, under their various names. Steve was always a voice of common sense and was a pleasure to work with.

Steve and I often played golf together and I enjoyed every minute with him. We had a lot of fun trips with the him and Mary and the OTC couples group.

Rest in peace Steve. You will be missed.

Steve & Carol Barbee

Michael Nott

April 13, 2021

Dear Mary,
Steve was a wonderful man and loyal friend who is deeply missed. I really enjoyed working with Steve. He was a man of character and great faith. Steve could always be counted upon for first rate results no matter the task. A leader in every respect, Steve could always draw the best from people creating a winning environment, resulting in very high standards and ultimate success. It was such a pleasure knowing Steve for so many years and working with him in many important endeavors. Steve was not only a true professional, he was also great fun to be around. Steve always managed to get through the toughest of times, while doing so with great courage and spirit. Traudy and I know how much you miss him, but always remember how much he loved and cherished you above all else. Also remember his great sense of humor and his deep love of god. He will always live in your heart, as you lived in his.
With our deepest sympathy.
Mike and Traudy Nott

Pat Sprabary

April 13, 2021

R.I.P ., Steve. You fought a tough battle & now can rest in the arms of our Heavenly Father.

Larry Sprabary

April 12, 2021

Steve, you and Mary have been our dearest friends. You will be missed and not forgotten. So many golf trips and travels together; and those nights of Moon. Until we meet again. And don't forget to save us a Tee Time!

Larry and Pat Sprabary

Bill Adams

April 10, 2021

Steve was a true Gentleman and great mentor. Our deepest condolences to Mary and the Family. Steve will be missed! Bill & Maureen Adams

Myra Baugh

April 9, 2021

I started working with Steve when he was still on active duty. I could always count on Steve for support and doing the right thing. The pictures bring back the many memories of Steve from 1981 to 2000. He will be missed.

Becky Stephenson

April 7, 2021

Mary, Alexa, Mitzi and family,
We share sad hearts with you all and so many others at this time. Steve was ALWAYS such a joy to be around. And like many Skyline families, yes, he and Elmer Moseley visited us first upon coming to church way back in 1984! Steve loved the Lord and we know he is rejoicing in heaven now.

May the many, many wonderful memories each of you have bring you comfort in the days to come.

Much love to all,
Gary & Becky Stephenson

Leslie Wild

April 5, 2021

Thinking of your sweet family during this difficult season. I know he adored his family! I have had the privilege of knowing the light he shared through Alexa, my sorority sister. She shines that same light! May each of you find comfort in The Father’s love and the hope we have in Him.

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My dad and I (Mitzi) at my wedding.

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Pawpaw with his brothers Mark and Ky.

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Pawpaw and Garrett

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Pawpaw, Jiamin and Garrett carving a pumpkin

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Pawpaw and Garrett with Murphy.

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Pawpaw and Murphy.

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Pawpaw playing his banjo for Garrett.

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Pawpaw and Garrett