Lillian Vivian Grooms Thompson, 74, of Bridgeport, Texas died June 19, 2016 in Decatur, Texas. Services will be 2:00 pm Thursday, June 23 at Cates Street Baptist Church in Bridgeport, officiated by Rev. Larry Potts. Pallbearers will be Dewayne Burgess, Dace Grooms, John Thompson, Mitch Thompson, Glenn Groves, and John Randall Dawson. Burial will be in Chico Cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday, June 22 at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport from 6-8 pm.
She was born May 3, 1942 to John Franklin and Raney (Brunson) Grooms at their home in Justin, Texas.
She became complete on November 9, 1957 when she married the love of her life Thuron Ray ‘Tom’ Thompson in a simple ceremony in Fort Worth, Texas. She spent her early years in Justin, but was mainly raised in Chico, Texas. She moved to Bridgeport, Texas in 1957 where she resided until her death.
Lillian was preceded in death by her husband of 39 years, daughter MaryLee Thompson, her mother and father, step-father John Mara, mother-in-law and father -in-law, sister Geneva Dawson, brother Jalmer Ray Grooms, and brothers-in-law Curt Cowley and Bennie Dickinson.
She is survived by daughter Cara Ann Thompson of Bridgeport; sons Thuron Ray Thompson, Jr. of Weatherford, Texas, and Melvin Wayne Thompson and wife Pamela of Euless, Texas; grandson Terrence Christopher Lightfoot and wife Montse of North Richland Hills, Texas; two great-grandsons: Christopher and Tyler; sisters Gussie Marie Groves and husband R.L. of Chico, Nancy Cowley Dickinson of Chico, and Yvonne Burgess and husband Scott of Chico; brother Eugene Grooms and wife Willine of Crafton; sister-in-law Chris Grooms of Fort Worth; brother-in-law Donald Thompson and wife Linda of Plano, Texas; and sister-in-law Lee Roy Pettit of Laplace, Louisiana; and many beloved nieces and nephews.
Lillian found Christ at an early age and served Him her entire life. She was a Southern Baptist and member of Cates Street Baptist Church in Bridgeport. She raised her four children in a loving, Christian home. She was kind, loving, and sweet-natured.
She started her career as a great housewife and mother. Her second career was as a seamstress at Sue Ann Fabrics in Bridgeport and Haggar Slacks in Bowie, Texas. Her last and favorite career was as a doorgreeter at Walmart in Decatur. She began this after her husband passed, and she flourished at it. She was known as ‘Ms. Lillian’. All who knew her loved her.