Albert William Thompson
July 24, 1933- April 8, 2020
Albert William “Bill” Thompson, 86, passed from this earthly realm into the waiting arms of his Lord sometime in the early morning hours of April 8, 2020 from his home in Clovis, NM. Mr. Thompson had been a resident of Clovis since 1979.
Bill Thompson was born in South River, Ontario Canada on July 24, 1933, one of five children born to Edward Thompson and Myrtle Verna Dunker Thompson. The family eventually moved to Hamilton, Ontario, a larger near-by city to improve employment opportunities. He met, and later married Ruth Gidley on September 5, 1956 and they had five children, two sons, who died at birth, and three daughters.
Bill surrendered his life to Christ at the age of 17, and for the rest of his life, his heart’s desire was to serve Christ, and to be used by the Lord as a minister of the gospel. In his early years, as his walk with Christ progressed, he became affiliated with the Plymouth Brethren, and was given an opportunity to join a work in Trinidad, Colorado, while the family made their home in Pueblo, Colorado. Like many ministers, he was bi-vocational and made his living doing a variety of jobs to supplement his income. While in Canada, he worked for Westinghouse. When he relocated his family to the United States, while continuing his ministerial work, he worked as a salesman for such companies as Winn’s Automotive Products, Stewart Sandwiches, and selling home freezer plans. In 1967 he moved his family to Tucson, Arizona and became associated with the American Baptist Church. He preached at the Grace Baptist and Fifth Ave. Baptist congregations there in Tucson. In the 1970s he was ordained by the Southern Baptist and preached at the Richland Heights and Northwest Baptist congregations. When the family moved to Clovis in 1979, they attended several churches over the years, namely Forrest Heights Baptist, First Baptist, and Church of the Brethren, along with small home Bible study groups.
The word of God was always uppermost in Bill’s mind and heart, and he was always ready with an encouraging word from the scriptures. He was a strong believer in the security of the believer. Some of his favorite verses were:
Proverbs 3:5-6…”Trust in the Lord with all thine heart and lean not unto thine
heart and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy
ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct thy paths.”
Colossians 1:27….”Christ in you, the hope of glory.”
1 Corinthians 2:16….”For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may
instruct Him? But we have the mind of Christ.”
Malachi 3:16-17…..”Then they that feared the Lord spake often one to another:
and the Lord hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remem-
brance was written before him for them that feared the Lord,
and that thought upon His name. And they shall be mine,
saith the Lord of hosts, in that day when I make up my
jewels; and I will spare them, as a man spareth his own son
that serveth him.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Ruth, his two sons, a sister Louella, and a brother, Eddie. He is survived by his three daughters, Esther Thompson of Clovis, Laura (husband Roy) Beaulieu also of Clovis, and Leah (husband Lorn) Bovill of Leheigh Acres, Florida, six grandchildren, and five great grandchildren, two sisters, Loraine (husband Wally) Farley of Hamilton, Ontario Canada and Verna (husband Gord) Groom of Clairesholme, Alberta Canada, and numerous friends. A memorial will take place at a later date.
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