Raymond E. Thompson, Sr “Earl” was born March 6th, 1924 in Houston, Texas, and was the oldest of three sons. He graduated from John H. Reagan High School in 1941 and joined the U. S. Marine Corps on December 5, 1942. Earl served his country from Dec. 5, 1942 – Dec. 31, 1945 on the Pacific front and in Washington, D.C. He married Marie Chumley on August 16, 1946 at Shady Acres Baptist Church. Earl worked at Advanced Foundries and later as a supervisor at Dee Foundries for many years. He was known by his family and friends as an honest, humble, and loving man. He was ‘Papa’ to his grandkids, an avid outdoorsman who loved to hunt and fish, and enjoyed spending time with family. He had numerous lifelong friends that he met as a child growing up in Shady Acres. He served as the Shady Acres Civic Club president for several years. Earl was a member of Timbergrove Baptist Church for 56 years where he served as a deacon for many of those years. He felt a passion for Christ that transferred to serving in His church. He was active with the church in many areas including sponsoring youth and choir mission trips, serving in the XYZ group, teaching Sunday School, serving on the Building & Grounds Committee, and assisting on the Benevolence Committee. Earl was most currently a member at Lazybrook Baptist Church. Earl joined the Lord on March 23, 2017. Earl is survived by: His wife of over 70 years, Marie, and their 3 children; Raymond Earl Thompson, Jr. and wife Connie; Susan Marie Fisher; and John Anthony Thompson and wife Michelle. Eleven grandchildren: Charlotte O’Dell; Melanie Rosenbaum and husband Allen; Rock Thompson and wife Kristen; Melissa Scavelli and husband Albert; Carrie Stephens and husband Michael; Scott Fisher; Sarah Fisher; John Thompson; Madison Thompson; Spencer Thompson; and Nathan Thompson. Ten great-grandchildren: Desiree Powitzky, Addison and Isabel Rosenbaum, Evelyn Thompson, Rocco and Lucca Scavelli, Scout and Dylan Stephens, Rio Fisher, and Ava Hamilton. His brother Kenneth Thompson, sister-in-law JoAnn Thompson, and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his loving parents, his sister-in-law LeeOma Thompson, his brother Jack Thompson, and his son-in-law Scotty Fisher.