|Birth: ||Nov. 25, 1893|
|Death: ||Nov. 9, 1988|
Ferris Merle Thompson, 1893-1988
Mr. Thompson accepted the band and orchestra teaching position at Anadarko Schools in 1937. During these years, he instructed students in playing every type of musical instrument.
He also composed and wrote several band marches, which included his best known, "The Anadarko Daily News March."
He held the Anadarko position for 18 years until 1955 when he started teaching music in the Dundee and Wilson Schools.
He finished his career as a public school music teacher at Riverside Indian School in Anadarko in 1958. However, he did not stop teaching music until well into his eighties.
Thompson continued teaching private lessons and worked part-time as Assistant to the Band Director at the Anadarko Middle School for several years after he retired.
He was very proud of the fact he was named State Bugler for the Oklahoma American Legion when he was 80 years old. He was well-known for playing "taps" on his cornet at Anadarko's annual Veteran's Day ceremonies and countless military funerals throughout the area.
And now, the-rest-of-the-story, that you may not have heard about.
Thompson was born on November 25, 1893 at Seger, Oklahoma Territory, to Fred C. and Bessie (Cook) Thompson. Seger was in Washita County, four miles west of Colony.
He died on November 9, 1988 at the Binger Nursing Home in Caddo County. He was 94 years, 11 months and 16 days old at the time of his death.
Funeral services were held at the Bethel Baptist Church with the Rev. David Forester, director of missions for the Caddo Baptist Association, officiating.
He was buried with full military honors in the Rose Cemetery at Hobart, OK, under the direction of the Steverson Funeral Home in Anadarko. He was buried next to his wife of 65 years, Irma C. (Killough) Thompson. They were married on August 4, 1922 in Oklahoma City.
He was survived by three sons: Howard W. and wife Jewell of Anadarko; Robert C. and wife Jo of Burneyville and James Killough "Jim" and wife Pat of Perry, OK; one brother Fred C. Thompson of Los Angeles, CA; two sisters, Elva Rawls and Hallie Pattee, both of Grants Pass. OR. He had nine grandchildren and sixteen great grandchildren.
Thompson served in the U.S. Army during World War I. After he was discharged he went into the silent movie theater business with his father and brother. They owned theaters in Wilson, Healdton and Hobart. He organized community bands during his stay in these three communities.
When the great depression hit in 1929, Thompson turned to teaching band and orchestra for the Hobart Public Schools. He taught private music lessons to supplement his meager teaching salary.
During the summer months he attended college. His goal was to obtain a advanced degree in music education. He attended the Vandercook School of Music, affiliated with DePaul University in Chicago, IL and Central State Teachers College (now Central State University) at Edmond, OK, where he received his B.A. degree in 1942.
During his 41 years of music teaching, he touched a lot of lives for the betterment of all.
Billie June Thompson (1921 - 1921)*
Hobart Rose Cemetery
Created by: Carol Gathright
Record added: Oct 23, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 16297986