Gerald “Jabber” Duane Thompson, 78, of Orange, Texas, passed away on August 4, 2018, at his home surrounded by loved ones.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, August 8, 2018, at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange, Texas. Officiating will be Mr. Scott McIntosh, Lead Chaplain TPWD Law Enforcement Division. Burial will follow the service at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens in Orange.
Visitation will be from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Tuesday, at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange.
Born on October 21, 1939, he was the son of Raymond Thompson and Helen Johnson Thompson. Gerald graduated from Stark High School where he loved playing football and went on to work as a lab technician at DuPont Sabine River Works for 44 years. He liked playing golf, softball and umpired and coached his girls’ softball teams. He enjoyed gardening, his grand-dogs, watching Longhorn and Aggie football, boats, and loved to read the newspaper and work every crossword puzzle. Gerald was a wonderful, quick witted man who loved to stir the pot and keep his family laughing. He enjoyed being around babies and children and always found something good in everything. He loved his family dearly and will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and his first wife, Elizabeth Thompson.
Gerald is survived by his loving wife of 14 years, Ann Thompson; children, Patricia Mulholland and husband Bobby, of Bridge City, Cher Outhouse and husband Tommy, of Bridge City, and Shani Leach and husband Tracy, of Orange; step-son, Nathan Byerly and wife Angie, of Orange; grandchildren, Brena Hudson and husband Rocky, of Bridge City, Benji Mulholland and wife Rene, of Bridge City, Keith Hocker and fiancé Brandy O’Quinn, of Bridge City, Cameron Hocker and wife Alisha, of Kentucky, Sarah Outhouse, of Bridge City, Erica Lawson, of Orange, GinnyAnn Byerly and fiancé Baylor Henry, of Orange, and Garrison Byerly, of Orange; great-grandchildren, Keely Richard, Kerstin Richard, Luke Mulholland, Maya Hocker, Ezra Hocker, and one on the way, Greyson Hocker; one great-great-grandchild on the way; and his siblings, Kenneth Thompson and wife Linda, of Orange and Pat Marshall and husband George, of Kirbyville.
Serving as pallbearers will be Bobby Mulholland, Benji Mulholland, Luke Mulholland, Keith Hocker, Kenneth Thompson, and Nathan Byerly.
Ann would like to extend a special thank you to Altus Hospice and especially Amelia Clarke, Kerstin Richard, Patricia and Bobby Mulholland, Cher Outhouse, Shani Leach, Nathan and Angie Byerly, and GinnyAnn Byerly and Baylor Henry for helping to take such good care of him.