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CREAL SPRINGS — Harold F. Thompson, 91, passed away at 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017, in Parkway Manor in Marion.

Harold was born March 6, 1925, in Spring Hill, Nova Scotia, Canada to Charles Franklin and Margaret (Palmer) Thompson. 

He was a United States Marine who served his country bravely while stationed overseas during WWII. Once honorably discharged, he returned home and married his best friend and love of his life, Ludene Anderson, on Oct. 18, 1946, in Piggott, Arkansas. She preceded him in death on Dec. 13, 2013. He was a hardworking man who had many jobs throughout the years with the last few years being in Southern Illinois, where he worked as a coal miner. He drove the buggy and worked the shovel for Eagle #2 mine prior to his retirement.

Harold was a man of God and loved serving his Lord and Savior. He was a longtime member and Deacon of Mt. Moriah General Baptist Church in Creal Springs. He was also a member of the Ohio Association of General Baptists and United Mine Workers of America. Harold was blessed with a large family. He helped raise six children with patience, love, humility and the love of God. He was a wonderful father and husband. In his spare time, he enjoyed farming, gardening, woodworking, horseback riding, playing music with his family and raising farm animals.

Survivors include his son, Doug Thompson and wife, Linda, of Clanton, Alabama; son, Lee Dempsey of Meridian, Mississippi; daughter, Janet Campbell and husband, Ronald, of Creal Springs; daughter, Marg Fletcher and husband, Gary, of Thompsonville; daughter, Gwenda Blackwell of Creal Springs; 16 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; brother, Avis Dempsey of Seguin, Texas; sister, Elizabeth George of Flat Rock, Michigan; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.  

He was preceded in death by his parents; son, James Thompson; two sisters, Marlene Dempsey and Agnes Hasseker; and one brother, Don Dempsey.

The funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 1, in Mt. Moriah General Baptist Church, 1563 Palzo Road, Creal Springs, IL 62922. Pastor Larry Adams and Pastor Ben Taylor will officiate. Burial will follow at Creal Springs Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 until 8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 31, in Blue Funeral Home in Marion. 

Memorial donations are suggested to Mt. Moriah General Baptist Church and will be accepted at the church or Blue Funeral Home, 1704 N. Court, Marion, IL 62959. For more information or to sign the memorial guest register, please visit www.bluefuneralhome.com.

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