OBITUARY

Christine Cooley Thompson

October 22, 1927April 23, 2021

COTTONDALE – Christine Cooley Thompson, 93, died April 23, 2021 in Cottondale, Alabama, where she had retired with her husband, Edgar Thompson. He predeceased her in 2001. Before returning home, they lived in West Frankfort, Illinois for 40 years. She was the manager of the city’s public schools lunch program for 30 years. She was a member of the Eastern Stars and active in a number of charitable and community organizations. For 93 years, she shared love, laughs and kindness with everyone she met. Her survivors include her daughter, Dr. Sylvia Ann Thompson, and her granddaughter, Michael-Anne Rauback, both of Miami, Florida. She also leaves her devoted sister and brothers and their spouses, Kitty Kelley (Bud), Johnny Cooley (Pat) and Tom Cooley (Dean), as well as many wonderful nieces, nephews, neighbors and friends. Her husband, parents, one sister and three brothers preceded her in death. Visitation will be at the Memory Chapel Funeral Home, 2200 Skyland Blvd East, in Tuscaloosa, at 1:00 PM, on Wednesday, April 28. At 2:00 PM, her service will be held in the chapel, with Reverend Gary Youngblood officiating. She will buried beside the love of her life at Memory Hill Gardens. Pallbearers will be Lawrence Genery, Daniel Cooley, Rodney Kelley, Brad Battles, Alan Battles, and Roy Davis.

Services

  • Visitation

    Wednesday, April 28, 2021

  • Celebration of Life

    Wednesday, April 28, 2021

  • Committal Service

    Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Memories

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Matt Donkin

May 3, 2021

Speaking as Superintendent of Schools on behalf of all of us in Frankfort Community Unit School District #168, we thank Mrs. Thompson for her dedication to the young people of this community. Though I only knew her when I was a freshman in her last year of work, she made a positive impression. Know in your grieving that she made a difference for many.

Judy Otterson Lewis

April 29, 2021

I was in the class of 19 61, FCHS, West Frankfort Illinois. Christine was the manager of the cafeteria and though it’s been 60 years, I remember her kindness, friendliness and all-around good cheer to everyone around her. My sister was class of 67 and remembers her as well. What a tribute to a person to be remembered for 60 years because of their kindness.

John Butler

April 29, 2021

Forty years ago Chris was affectionately known was our cafeteria lady. She was loved, reverted and respected by all of the children at the high school. She always had a smile, kind word or occasional hug for the students. Her smile could light up a room. She saw to it that the meals were prepared like home cooking, not just cafeteria food. She was famous for her dinners rolls that any student from her days at Frankfort High School will remember. They were the best. That was just one of many ways that Chris showed her love for kids. It’s a sad thing to know that such a wonderful lady of my youth has passed, but I believe she is in her heavenly reward. I have no doubt that Chris is rejoicing in Heaven and serving her rolls at the table of God.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY