Richard Emmett Thompson, 71, of Amarillo, Texas, peacefully went home to Jesus April 29, 2023. Memorial services for Richard will be held on Monday, May 1, 2023 at Hillside Christian Church West chapel at 4:00 p.m. with Bob Attaway and Johnathan Mast officiating. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.
Richard was born to Lee Otis and Mary Thompson on September 30, 1951, in Biloxi, Mississippi. He spent his childhood scouting, camping, hunting and fishing, becoming a Life Scout at age 15. He was drafted by the US Army in 1970, serving in Savannah, Georgia. Richard was a talented artist and musician. He had a career as a sign painter for over 20 years, working for Donray Sign Company, as well as owning his own company, Thompson Brothers Signs. In 1988, he received his degree in Computer Drafting and Design. He went on to work for Utility Engineering, Zachry Engineering, and Altura Engineering as a Senior Designer until he retired in 2019.
In 1969, Richard married his high school sweetheart, Kathy. Richard and Kathy had two daughters together, Shelly and Staci, and remained good friends their whole lives. In 1980, Richard met his soulmate, Patty. He married the love of his life in 1983. Together they had 2 children, Sarah and Ryan, and spent 40 beautiful, happy years trying to out-love each other.
At age 46, after the encouragement of his daughter, Shelly, and a Walk to Emmaus, Richard gave his life to Christ. He was very active doing God’s work. Richard was involved in Kairos prison ministries, working as a chaplain assistant at Clements Unit, Youth Center Ministries and helping people battle addiction through Celebrate Recovery. Richard was on the board of elders at Hillside Christian Church for many years and at the time of his death was a campus elder.
For the past 10 years, Richard battled the disease scleroderma. He suffered well, and he never lost sight of God’s purpose for his life. He was preceded in death by his grandson, Jaxon Fielder Griggs, his parents, Lee Otis and Mary Thompson, his parents Danny and Gladys Olivier.
Richard is so loved, and left behind a large family.
Richard is so loved, and left behind a large family. He is survived by his wife, Patricia Ann Thompson; his children: Shelly and Barry Harp, Staci Thompson Reveile, Sarah and Joshua Griggs, and Ryan Thompson; his siblings: Bruce and Marisin Thompson, Greg and Monisa Thompson, Chris Thompson, Terry and Charlie Smith, and Ann and Mark Reedus; his grandchildren: Jordan Allford, Jake Allford, Nate Harp, Samuel Harp, Eli Harp, Collin McCormick, Kobe McCaslin, Kristen Reveile, Karson Reveile, Harper Griggs, Mackenzie Griggs, and Presleigh Frank; and his great-grandchildren: Hudson Washington, Dean Richard McCormick, and Alice McCormick; along with more friends and family than can possibly be listed.
In lieu of flowers, the family would like donations to be made to Kairos Prison Ministries Int’l. designated to the Clements Unit or to Hillside Christian Church.
He lived his life with a smile on his face and love in his heart. Well done, good and faithful servant.