OBITUARY

Burton "Bro" Thompson

February 3, 1955April 3, 2018
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Burton Thompson was born on February 3, 1955. He was raised by his parents Eugene Baker and Annie Margerate Baker, who preceded him in death; his father James Kennedy who also preceded him in death. “Bro” as he was best known, gave his life to Christ at an early age in Missionary Church on the West Side of Chicago. Bro attended elementary and high school in Chicago, Illinois graduating from Austin High with honors. Upon completing his education; he had a brief marriage with his first wife Ora Hudson, they shared a child Selida Sales. Shortly after, he met his second wife Yvonne Thompson, and joined the Chrysler Corporation (where he retired). They then relocated to the Belvidere, Illinois plant, there they were married for 34 years and shared two children together: Kandy Jackson and Jamar Jackson. Bro also had a child: Markesha Fair. On April 3, 2018 at 3:45 pm, Burton was called home to be with the Lord. He leaves behind his loving wife Yvonne Thompson, who was there for him even during their separation, taking care of him until his very last moment. HIS CHILDREN: Selida Sales (Kevin), Kandy Jackson, Jamar Jackson, Markesha Fair. HIS GRANDCHILDREN: Kevin Jr. Sales., Jamir Jackson, Jamien Jackson, Jamiah Jackson, Jamiyan Jackson, Jamilia Jackson and Javonny Harrison. HIS BROTHERS AND SISTERS: Kathy Easley(Chris), Brenda Williams, Allen B. Baker(Michelle), Dorthia Hardnick(Warren), Anthony Kennedy, James Kennedy, Marcus Kennedy, Herman Kennedy, Lori Kennedy and Christopher Kennedy, who preceded him in death and a host of other brothers and sisters from the Kennedy family; a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, In-laws and friends. Bro was forever young at heart, always laughing and teasing and loved having a good time. He would much rather give than receive, and was a wonderful example of how a man should provide for his family. He was loved by many as he loved everyone he knew. He will be missed by all. Service to celebrate Burton's life will be 10:00 am on Saturday, April 14, 2018 at Sunset Funeral Home 8800 N. Alpine Road in Machesney Park; visitation will be from 9:00 am until 10:00 am Saturday at the funeral home. Burial will follow services at Sunset Memorial Gardens.

  • FAMILY

  • Yvonne Thompson, Wife
  • Selida Sales (Kevin), Daughter
  • Kandy Jackson, Daughter
  • Jamar Jackson, Son
  • Markesha Fair, Daughter
  • Eugene and Annie Margerate Baker, Parents
  • James Kennedy, Father
  • Burton is also survived by the following:
    HIS BROTHERS AND SISTERS: Kathy Easley(Chris), Brenda Williams, Allen B. Baker(Michelle), Dorthia Hardnick(Warren), Anthony Kennedy, James Kennedy, Marcus Kennedy, Herman Kennedy, Lori Kennedy and Christopher Kennedy, who preceded him in death and a host of other brothers and sisters from the Kennedy family.
    HIS GRANDCHILDREN: Kevin Jr., Jamir, Jamien, Jamiah, Jamiyan, Jamilia and Javonny.
  • PALLBEARERS

  • Jamar Jackson, Active Pallbearer
  • Warren Jr. Hardnick, Active Pallbearer
  • Zachary Baker, Active Pallbearer
  • Maurice Baker, Active Pallbearer
  • Anthony Kennedy, Honorary Pallbearer
  • James Kennedy, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Marcus Kennedy, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Herman Kennedy, Honorary Pallbearer

Services

  • Visitation for Burton Saturday, April 14, 2018
  • Service to Celebrate Burton's Life Saturday, April 14, 2018
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Burton "Bro" Thompson

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Norma Baker

April 14, 2018

I remember going to “Cynthia’s house” (That’s what I called The Mayfield/Madison house) for a picnic meeting her brother (her twin) who was loud and funny!!! He was talking smack to everyone and calling my 4 older sisters ugly and letting them know how pretty he was and how they would love to look like him. At the time he had a Jheri curl and was so cool! I finally got to meet the cousin I had heard about but never saw! He didn’t mess with me like he did the others, he took mercy on “Tha Baby” LOL.

Laura Senior

April 13, 2018

Growing up in Detroit with the Kennedy family was such a wonderful experience for me My Love for you all is beyond measure although it has been yrs. The news still hurts. I'm unable to attend however I wanted to give you guys my condolences. I LOVE YOU ALL

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