Bernis Ward “B.W.” Thompson, of Mexia, passed away Tuesday, August 24, 2021, in Gatesville, at age 92.
Graveside services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, August 28, 2021, at New Hope Cemetery, with his cousin, Paul Edge officiating.
B. W. was born March 25, 1929, to Clyde Thompson and Carra (Chandler) Thompson in rural Limestone County. He attended school at Fair Oaks where he graduated in the Class of 1949.
B.W. was united in marriage with Sue Youngblood on November 14, 1953, and they lived in Ft. Worth and Dallas four years until moving back to rural Limestone County, at Farrar.
B.W. was a cattleman, with a large herd of San Gertrudis cattle, for most of his life. He was active in his community and served on various boards. He built a community center in Farrar and at one time built and owned a family-operated convenience store. In the 60’s, he developed the Farrar Water System, which was a great boon to all the families living in the area. He operated it for many years, eventually selling it for $1.00. B.W. was one of the initial investors of Groesbeck Funeral Home when it opened in 1985 and served many years on the Board of Directors.
B.W. and Sue later moved from the country to Mexia. They enjoyed travelling extensively in their motor home, including trips to Alaska and Canada, as well as cruises. B. W. spend time on the road on more trips after Sue passed away and enjoyed one final trip to Colorado with his cousin Paul before his health issues limited his travels.
B.W. considered the Drilling Rig restaurant in Mexia his “home away from home,” especially after losing his wife. He enjoyed many meals there, where he knew everyone, and would talk and visit with anyone.
B.W. was preceded in death by his parents; his brother Elmer Thompson who lost his life in WWII; his wife Sue on May 20, 2016; his daughter, Debbie Thompson Phillips on July 30, 2016; and his beloved cat Smokey.
He is survived by his cousin, Paul and his wife Sandy Edge of Gatesville, and many other cousins, extended family and a host of friends.