Jerald Raymond Thompson was born Januray 19, 1948 and died at home on July 19, 2021. He was educated in rural schools until the 9th grade when he transferred to Blackwell Junior High, and later graduating in 1966 from Blackwell High School. In 1968, he married Sherri Trantham from Blackwell, OK. They just celebrated their 53rd wedding anniversary in May. Jerald and Sherri have three children, Shelli Raye, Amy Dawn and Jerald Rhett Thompson. Jerald retired as a Supervisor in the Jet Engine Test Cell from tInker AFB after 40 years of service.
After retirement from Tinker, he worked for Napa Auto Parts delivering auto parts all over the Oklahoma City area. His son Rhett then hired him to travel all over the United States to install security systems at 78 airports. Upon completion of the job with his son, he worked as a driver and supervisor for First Transit at Will Rogers Airport.
Jerald was predeceased by his father, Marvin Thompson, and a sister, Judy Barnett. He is survived by his mother, Wilma Thompson of Oklahoma City; his wife, Sherri Thompson, of the home; his children, Shelli Raye and spouse Lee Hibberd of Oklahoma City, Amy Dawn and spouse Lindy Simpson of Moore, and Rhett and spouse Debbie Thompson of Blanchard; one aunt, Bertie Colwell; he is also survived by three brothers-in-law, David Barnett, Neal Trantham, and Cotton Trantham; five sisters-in-law, Kristi Trantham, Karen Ellenwood, Judy Rogers, Ellen Trantham, and Sherry Trantham; as well as five grandchildren, Mackenzie Thompson, Roarke Simpson, Jordan Thompson, Emma Hibberd, and Scarlet Simpson; He is also survived by several nieces, nephews, and numerous cousins whom he loved and had fond memories of.
Jerald experienced so much joy with his children and grandchildren. He coached his two daughters Shelli and Amy, along with many other young girls, for ten years when they played softball in Moore. He served the Moore Softball Association as President and other offices with the MSA. He refereed softball and baseball for several years, making numerous friends over the years. Later in life, he helped his son Rhett coach his grandson Jordan in baseball. He enjoyed watching almost any sport, especially those in which his grandchildren were involved. He cheered Mackenzie in T-Ball, volleyball, and golf, Roarke in baseball, football, and wrestling, Jordan in baseball, Emma in her horse-riding competitions, and Scarlet in her soccer. Jerald was a gentle soul, and God received a special man into the gates of Heaven. He will be so missed.
Services for Mr. Thompson will be held at 1:00 PM on Friday, July 23, 2021 at Life Church in Moore, located at 2916 South Telephone Road.
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