Mr. Benny Wayne Thompson, 69, mechanic, died 6/3/21 at North MS Medical Center in Tupelo, MS. Funeral Services were held 2:00PM Monday 6/7/21 at Tri-County Baptist Church in Stewart, MS with burial in Edgeworth Cemetery in Webster County, MS. Bro. Max Blackwelder and Bro. Terry Wills officiated. Pallbearers were; Clyde Kilgore, Steve Kilgore, Charles Rushing, Chad Hawkins, Tommy Lott and William Crouch. Honorary Pallbearers were; Wayne Baker, Ricky Kilgore, Donnie Bridges and Scott Yeatman.
Benny was a member of Tri-County Baptist Church and is survived by his wife; Susan "Becky" Griffin Thompson, Stewart, MS, daughter; Jenny Thompson Moore, Stewart, MS, son; Lane (Becky) Thompson, West Monroe, LA, two sisters; Gene Marsh, Eupora, MS, and Shirley Hutton, San Antonio, TX, five brothers; Joe Thompson, Stewart, MS, Joel Thompson, Stewart, MS, Jimmy Thompson, Eupora, MS, Rickey (Debbie) Thompson, Stewart, MS. and Cliff "Punchy" Thompson, Hannibal, MO and four grandchildren; Callie and Bailey Moore and Jo and Tucker Thompson, and special adopted family member Willie Hemphill. He was preceded in death by his parents; Howard and Lillie Thompson, brothers; Odell and James Thompson, sisters; Ruth Wright, Bonnie Morelan and Dorothy Hardaway.
Benny Thompson and Stewart MS were "one" in every sense. He learned about being a part of this community through mentorship. Mr. Jesse Kilgore taught him the art of being a "shade tree" mechanic, the simplicity of moving parts and integrity. Mr. Garrett Mosley taught him the value of friendships, commitments, and a deep responsibility for one's neighbor. He served as a volunteer firefighter and an officer on the Water Board and the cemetery committee of Edgeworth. He repaired vehicles and engines for those in need. He once repaired a burst pipe for a widow on a frozen morning because she thought it was his responsibility as a water board member. That was Benny. Mostly he was known as the "Bus Shop Man" for Webster County Schools. He took pride in order, efficiency and thrift. He knew the importance of buses being functional, safe, and that bus drivers were given the resources they needed and deserved. So many of his closest friends were bus drivers. They could depend on him to plead their case to others and know that he valued their roles as important. That was Benny. Working with integrity, diligence and selflessness was how he lived his daily life and what he sought the most from others.
He enjoyed voicing his opinion about a great many subjects but usually it was a healthy dose of bitter medicine and often unwelcome and unsought by those who received it. You never had to wonder what he was thinking. That was Benny. He loved this, his church, and this body of believers. Benny was never a man to teach a class or offer eloquent words. Rather, he worked with his hands in the fashion of the Lord he served. He saw the routine maintenance of life as a beautiful responsibility and could see the potential in the plainest of objects. That was Benny. Most of all he loved his family. He grew up poor but loved his parents and his brothers and sisters. He loved his wife dearly and his children and grandchildren and he loved Willie. We return him to the Lord with gratitude for the loving gift he was to us. "I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith." 2 Timothy 4:7.
Anyone wishing to make a monetary donation to Benny's memory may send them to either Tri-County Baptist Church Building Fund, 925 Stewart Lodi Rd, Stewart, MS 39767, or Edgeworth Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, c/o Amanda Burton, P. O. Box 311, Eupora, MS. 39744.
Oliver Funeral Home of Eupora was in charge of all arrangements. You may go online and sign our guest register or leave a message of condolence for the family at www.ofheupora.com