William Lee Thompson


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(January 23, 1941 – July 06, 2015)

U.S. VeteranColonel William Lee Thompson, 74, passed away unexpectedly on July 6, 2015 at Baylor All-Saints in Fort Worth.

Visitation will be on Friday, July 10, 2015 from 6:00-8:00pm at the Stephenville Funeral Home. A private burial will be held at a later date.

Bill was born on January 23, 1941 in Big Spring to the late Wylie (Squeaky) and Marguerite Thompson. He married Carolyn (Cookie) Sneed on August 12, 1961 in Big Spring.
He entered the Air Force on June 1966 after graduating from Rice University. During his 24 years of service, he served as a Fighter Pilot with two tours in Southeast Asia, flying the A-1 and F-111. He also was an instructor pilot in the T-37 and T-38 aircraft. After a tour in the Pentagon, he became the Deputy Commander of Operations and ultimately the Wing Commander at Vance Air Force Base, Oklahoma, before retiring in Stephenville in 1987. During his tours in Southeast Asia, Bill was awarded The Silver Star, The Legion of Merit and The Distinguished Flying Cross with three bronze Oak Leaf Clusters.

Survivors include his wife, Carolyn Thompson of Stephenville; sister, Martha Simmons and husband Marvin of Ingleside; niece, Kathy Simmons Thomas and husband Tommy of Port Aransas; nephew, Scott Simmons of Aransas Pass; great niece, Amanda Thomas, and great nephews, Brad and Wade Thomas of Port Aransas.

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