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Virgil Brice Thompson, 93, of Mountain View, Missouri departed this life on March 30, 2014 at Mercy St. Francis Hospital, Mountain View. He was born March 25, 1921 at Poe Hill, Missouri, the son of Henry and Minnie (Henry) Thompson.

Visitation will be Tuesday April 1, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. at Yarber Mortuary, with funeral services April 2 at 1 PM at Yarber Mortuary. Interment will be at Mount Zion Cemetery-Poe Hill. Memorial donations may be made to the VFW or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Virgil was united in marriage to Leona Deatherage on July 27, 1948 in West Plains, Missouri. She preceded him in death. Also preceding are his parents, one infant son, three brothers, three sisters, and one great grandson.

Survivors include one daughter, Beverly Ann Bram and husband, Eliezer “Nacho”, Lebanon, MO; four sons, Joe Thompson and Velma, Mountain View, George Thompson and wife, Betty, Mountain View, Tom Thompson and wife, Cathey, Mountain View, and Ronald Thompson and wife, Cathy, Marshfield, MO; thirteen grandchildren and ten great grandchildren.

Virgil was a good man. He had many friends and acquaintances. He was a good son. He respected and honored his parents with visits and service. One of his sons once told him that one of the reasons he had lived so long was because he kept God’s first commandment with promise “to honor thy father and mother that you may live long on this earth” (paraphrased).

Virgil was a good husband. He was faithful, loving, a good provider, and he respected Leona. As a lifelong farmer, he always said his family would eat the best and he would sell the rest. Virgil was a good father. He showed his love for his children every day. He taught them responsibility and disciplined them when they needed it. The result is that all five grew to adulthood to be good, loving parents and good citizens. They have followed his example to love family as he did.

Virgil was a good neighbor and kept the commandment of God “love they neighbor as thyself”. When neighbors were sick or injured, he saw to it that their needs were met, whether it be milk, meat, or food that was raised on his and Leona’s own farm.

Virgil was a good friend to many in Mountain View and throughout Howell County. He liked to visit Ron Hall at the feed store and enjoyed visits from Larry Stagner, Jerry Stephens, Witt Clement, and others. He was also a good citizen of his country and a good soldier, having served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was a charter member of the local VFW. He put on Jesus Christ in baptism in the mid 1970’s.

Virgil Thompson was a good man, who will be sorely missed by family and friends.

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