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Johnny Lynn Thompson

By Taylor Massey, 06/18/22 2:44 PM

Johnny Lynn Thompson, Sr., born at Cross Roads on February 6, 1936 left this world Thursday, June 17, 2022. Johnny graduated Guernsey High School and later Southern State College in Magnolia, Arkansas. He received his Master’s degree from Sam Houston University atHuntsville, Texas. He met and married the love of his life, LaJuan Jones, while at Southern State. They married in 1957 and went to Texas to begin his coaching and teaching career.

Johnny began coaching at Wallis, Texas and then moved to Saratoga, Texas. The next job was at Paul Pewitt in Omaha, Texas staying there seven years. Johnny Lynn, II and Sandra Kay, the couple’s first two children were born while living in Saratoga. Son Stanley Dwight joined the family in 1964. After leaving Omaha, he coached at Troup, Texas where he built the team that won the Texas State Championship. He finished his coaching career at West Rusk High School before becoming a principal.

Johnny was well-known as a hard worker all his life. Getting his hands dirty working in the garden, building fences, working on farm implements and lawn mowers or whatever gave him much satisfaction.

Quail and duck hunting as well as fishing were his favorite sports while growing up. Later on,fishing for large catfish seemed to be his greatest fun.

Johnny loved his family and God, and you could find all five of them in church every Sunday morning.

Predeceasing Johnny are his parents, Johnieand Nina Thompson, his brother Bill, and son-in-law Steve Siler.

Surviving is his wife, LaJuan of 64 years, a son Johnny (Liz); daughter Sandra Kay; a son Stan (Sharyla). Grandchildren, Austin Siler (Sarah), Nick Siler, Clay Thompson (Lainey), Bryan Thompson, Kaley Thompson Tucker (Curt), Brady Thompson (Layton). Great-grandchildren Boone, Houston, and Jones Stiler; Karson and Korbin Thompson; and Tessa Tucker.

Visitation is scheduled 5:00-7:00 pm Sunday, June 19, 2022 at Herndon-Fuqua Funeral Home in Hope, Arkansas.

A second visitation will be 10:00 til 11:00 am Monday, June 20, 2022 at First Baptist Church, Hope, Arkansas with Reverend Daniel Bramlett officiating assisted by Mike Trickett.

Burial will follow at Westmoreland Cemetery in Cross Roads, Arkansas, under the direction of Herndon-Fuqua Funeral Home. Pallbearers are his six grandsons Austin, Nick, Clay, Bryan, Brady, and Curt.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Westmoreland Cemetery.


We also invite you to express your public condolences at www.herndonfuquafuneralhomes.com or private Letters of Love at www.herndonfuquafuneralhomes.com/page/letters-of-love.