Jesse Lamar Thompson was born on May 24, 1964 in Miami, Florida to the union of Avant and Christine Henry Thompson. He grew up in a close knit family surrounded by the love of his sister and brothers. During his early childhood Jesse accepted Christ and was baptized at Mt. Canaan Baptist Church. He attended Gurdon High School where he played basketball, baseball and football. Although Jesse had no children of his own; he cherished his nieces and nephews as his children. He was not a man of many words, but of few words and of many virtues. He was a good man and a hard worker. He was a former employee of Petit Jean Poultry. By all accounts he was a “jack of all trades” and used his skilled hands to repair, fix and replace anything.
He liked to hunt and fish. He especially loved to fish with his friend David Young and his sister Nita. Known for his “bushy beard” and inviting smile; he was “local celebrity” who didn’t mind helping anybody. He possessed a friendly spirit and never met a stranger. Jesse lived a quiet life and enjoyed the simple pleasures that it offered. He meant what he said, and said what he meant. Those who were fortunate to really know him will miss his smile; his love, but will never forget his mild spirit and tender heart. Because love is far greater than death, he departs this earth in body only. He was preceded in death by his parents: Mr. and Mrs. Thompson; and brothers, Ardell Applegate and Freddie Thompson (2013). He leaves indelible impressions in the hearts and minds of sister, Mary “Nita” Gentry of Gurdon; two brothers, Lee Otis Thompson of Little Rock and Bernard Thompson of Camden; three uncles, Eugene (Mary) Henry, James Henry and Abraham Henry; and an aunt, Glemerine Kountz. He also leaves a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives, and countless friends. On Sunday, July 24, 2016, Jesse passed at his home. He will truly be missed. Public visitation will be Thursday, July 28, 2016 from 2:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. A celebration of his life will be held on Friday, July 29, 2016 at 3:00 p.m. at Mt. Canaan Baptist Church where Rev. Johnny C. Harris is the pastor. Rev. Rufus Hatley will deliver the eulogy. Interment will be in Rose Hedge Cemetery.