Alice Joan Lewis Thompson, 75 of Wilmar died February 8, 2014 in El Dorado at the John R. Thompson Hospice Home.
Mrs.Thompson was born on November 7, 1938 at Wimar. She was the only daughter of the five children of the late Jim and Willie Mae Lewis.
As the only daughter in a family of five children, she often said she had to be tough. All of her brothers agree that she never backed down from any of them. They all called her “Sister.”
Mrs. Thompson received her formal education in the Wilmar Training School and graduated from Drew County High School, an accomplishment she shared with pride with her children.
She confessed her hope in Christ at St. James AME Church under the leadership of Rev. G.T. Blackman. She later moved her membership to Mt. Carmel Baptist Church because she wanted to be with her children.
Mrs. Thompson was a loving mother and grandmother. Through Christ, she was a provider for her family and instilled values in her family by raising her children to fear God, be respectful of other people, work to get what they wanted in life.
She provided common sense with her “old sayings” and made time for her children. She would sit for hours telling her children stories about her childhood. She had the gift to animate and recreate every story she told. Through the years she told these stories about her childhood over and over.
She spent time preparing delicious meals for her family, always trying new recipes. She was a protector and would often tell people “You may not know who all my children are, but if you hit one of them you will know who their momma is,” followed by a laugh. She encouraged all of her children and grandchildren to do their best. This is the legacy and memories she leaves.
Mrs. Thompson found love during her lifetime. She was married to Alex Thompson and later to Tyree Riley.
Her memory will be forever cherished by her six children, Frances Kay (Eddie) Hampton, Jerry (Monique) Thompson, Michael Thompson, Stacey (James) Lockett, Gerry (Sharon) Thompson, Anthony (Temia) Thompson; two brothers, James Lewis and Williams (Andrea) Lewis; 19 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and one aunt, Mrs. Lorraine Jordan.
She also leaves many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends that she loved dearly.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her step-father, two brothers, Tolliver and Frank Lewis and one grand-child, Willie E. York.
Visitation is February 14 from 6 p.m. until 7 p.m. at Stephenson Dearman Funeral Home in Monticello. Funeral services will be February 15 at 11 a.m. at Mount Carmel Baptist Church in Warren on North Walnut Street under the direction of Stephenson Dearman Funeral Home of Monticello. Burial will be at Bethel Cemetery at Monticello.