Billy Joe Thompson
May 16, 1933 – November 4, 2020
Billy Joe Thompson, age 87, of Midwest City, OK passed from this life on November 4, 2020. Services have been entrusted to the care of Bill Eisenhour Funeral Home located at 8805 NE 23rd St in Oklahoma City. A memorial service honoring his life will be held at 10:30am on Saturday, November 14, 2020 at the funeral home.
Billy was born on May 16, 1933 at home in Bard, New Mexico to M.D. and Minnie Gertrude (Smith) Thompson. He attended Porter High School in Porter, New Mexico. After school he enlisted in the United States Air Force where he proudly serviced his country for four years. During his service he met the love of his life, Laquita Fern Wilson, and the two were married on April 3, 1953. After serving his country, they moved to Los Angeles, California where Billy worked at the railyard in southern California. In 1967, Billy and Fern adopted a little girl named Tawna. Soon after in 1968, they adopted a little boy named Billy James. These two quickly became the center of their world and changed their life for the better. Becoming a father quickly turned Billy from a man’s man to a family man. He decided he wanted a more country lifestyle like his upbringing, so he and Fern moved to Oklahoma to raise their family.
Billy loved sports, although he never played them. He was always very involved in his communities as well as all of his kid’s and grandkids’ school activities. He enjoyed being outdoors, especially going fishing, hunting, or jumping on a horse for an all-day ride. In his later years, he took up the hobby of prospecting. He had some success in prospecting, finding artifacts and a little bit of gold. Billy was a country man and loved everything country including the Grand Ole Opry, rodeos and horses. He was known to frequent the donut shop every morning in McLoud where he would drink coffee with his buddies. He never met a stranger, didn’t have an enemy and was friends with everyone. Above all else, he cherished all of his family and will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him.
Billy was preceded in death by his parents: M.D and Minnie Thompson; brothers: Durwood Thompson, Olin Thompson, Obey “Doby” Thompson, and Lee Thompson; and sister: Minnie Scroggins.
He is survived by his wife, Fern Thompson; daughter, Tawna Howard; son, Billy James Thompson; five grandchildren: Cissili Sample, Eric Howard, Hailey Morgan, Cloe Thompson, and Risa Thompson; three great grandchildren: Hayden Morgan, Emilyn Howard, and Mason Howard; brothers: M.D. “Tommy” Thompson, Paul Thompson and Ivan Thompson; sisters: Dorothy Savage and Leoda Davis; as well as a host of other nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Condolences may be sent to the family via an online guestbook at Eisenhourfuneralhome.com.
Saturday, November 14, 2020
Billy Joe Thompson
Louise (Thompson) Brooks
November 12, 2020
Uncle Billy Joe always made us laugh. Even before he became a dad himself, he loved kids and we were the kids. He told us funny stories, showed us his projects and he loved to tease us all! While our mom and Aunt Fern were in the kitchen visiting, he kept us kids laughing as we watched TV with him and then l would follow him into the kitchen when he decided to bug the ladies. I remember Aunt Fern and my mom, teasingly slapping at him with their kitchen towel and saying, “Oh, Billy!” He was loving, big hearted and always a gentleman. We’ll miss you Uncle Billy Joe! Love you always!
November 6, 2020
It was so much fun talking to Bill. He has been part of my life for a long time. I will treasure these memories. So sorry for your loss.