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Sherrill James Thompson, 93, of Shelburn, passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018. He was born April 17, 1924, to Walter and Mildred Thompson.
Sherrill was a life-long resident of Shelburn, other than the three years he served his country in World War II on the west coast, Europe and in the South Pacific, as well as living in Chicago, for two years while he attended classes after he was discharged from the service.
Sherrill married Elizabeth Ellen (Betty) Yowell on Oct. 29, 1950. They were married for 60 years until the time of her passing in Dec. 2010.
Survivors include their children, Todd (Linda) of St. Louis, Jay (Robin) of Rio Rico, Ariz., Jani (Mark) of Vancouver, Wash., Dwight of Nashville, Ind., and Alane (Doug) of Keller, Texas; his daughter-in-law, Anne of Cudahy of Wisconsin; nine grandchildren, Rachel, Justin, Christopher, Molly, Mitchell, Russell, Morgan, Analiese and Amelia; and two great-granddaughters, Katherine Jean and Lola Jean.
Sherrill was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Betty in 2010; their sons, Blake in 2004 and an infant son, Brian in 1959; and his daughter-in-law, Jean in 2014.
After a 35-year career, Sherrill retired in April 1986 from Pfizer, Incorporated and enjoyed his retirement with Betty traveling around the globe to visit their children and grandchildren.
Sherrill was a life-long member at First Baptist Church of Shelburn, where he served and taught Sunday School for many years and was the unofficial photographer on the daily progress during construction of the new church building that was completed in 2005.
He supported his community through volunteer work on the Little Flock Cemetery Board, Shelburn Senior Housing Board, a member of the Shelburn Ruritan and as a board member of the Northeast School Corporation.
Visitation is Sunday, Jan. 7, 2018, from 2 until 6 p.m. at Holmes Memorial Chapel, Sullivan. Funeral service will be 10 a.m. Monday, Jan. 8, 2018, at Shelburn First Baptist Church with the Rev. Ben Weatherington officiating. Graveside services and burial with military honor will follow at Little Flock Cemetery in Shelburn. Memorial donations may be made to Shelburn First Baptist Church, Little Flock Cemetery Association or the charity of your choice. Arrangements entrusted to Holmes Memorial Chapel.
Published on January 3, 2018
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