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Rev Frank Charles Thompson

Rev Frank Charles Thompson

Birth
Elmira, Chemung County, New York, USA
Death 3 May 1940 (aged 82)
Santa Monica, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Burial Santa Monica, Los Angeles County, California, USA
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Rev. Frank Charles Thompson was the son of Rev. Joshua and Sarah Jane Thompson. Edith A. (Walters) Thompson was his 1st wife. They were married April 17, 1883 and she died March 11, 1886. Laura Jane (Boughton) Thompson was his 2nd wife. They were married September 14, 1887 and she died October 28, 1957. He was a minister in the Methodist Episcopal Church: Genesee (now Western New York) Conference 1881 F 1883.

Memoir
Methodist Episcopal Church
Genesee Conference Journal
194O, Pgs. 87-88

Frank C. Thompson was the son of the Reverend Joshua Thompson (also a Methodist minister). He was born March 2, 1858, in Elmira, New York, and educated in Rochester (NY) Free Academy; Taylor University; and Boston Theological Seminary. When only 22 years of age he was given a charge--Leetonia, Pa., in the wilderness, twenty miles from the railroad. His next charge was Nelson, Pa. While at Nelson, he was married to Edith A. Walters, who passed away three years later. He was then appointed to Rush, and soon after went to Boston University. His next charge was Charlotte. While here he married Laura J. Boughton, at Victor, New York, in 1887. In succession he was appointed to the following charges: Attica; Macedon and Perinton; Fairport; Walworth; Oakfield; Mount Morris; Geneseo; Buffalo: Lovejoy Street; Buffalo: Richmond Avenue--Assistant; Rochester: Asbury Church--associated with Rev. Robert E. Brown and Rev. Bishop Ralph Cushman. He retired from active ministry in 1924. Three children were born to Frank C. and Laura B. Thompson: Florence Elizabeth, July 14, 1888; Edith Alice, December 4, 1891; and Paul Francis, September 20, 1900. All preceded him in death. In 1924 he moved to Los Angeles, Cal., and from there in 1933, to Santa Monica. He was translated May 3, 1940, from his home in Santa Monica. So runs the record of a life of singular winsomeness and great usefulness. It was the privilege of the writer of this sketch to know him intimately, and thus to know him meant to love him, trust him, honor him. He has left behind him three literary works which illustrate his versatility. "The Chain-Reference Bible," a monument of systematic and indefatigable study, which has opened to multitudes the treasures of the Book of Books. "Bob's Hike To the Holy City"--a kind of Pilgrim's Progress for children--which blends adult experience and childish fancy with unusual success. And finally "Barriers To Eden"--born of a passion to fill what he believed to be a tragic gap in the social relationships of young men and women--a child of his "old age," which reveals the eternal youthfulness of his mind. When what we call death claimed him, his mind was still busy with plans for other writings. It is impossible to think of that eager, growing personality as dust. We must rather conceive of it as creatively active in that world of pure spirit to which he has gone. Dr. Thompson was a most interesting and helpful preacher. It was not only good preaching that he gave his churches--it was vital and marked by the urge of evangelical faith and fervor. Like all truly evangelical preaching, it was the interpretation of the Gospel of a Person--the Person-Christ. He knew how to present that message in a way to meet the manifold needs of men. This Gospel of Christ he proclaimed to persons in direct and vivid fashion. Through conversations and correspondence with him in recent years, and through his most recent book, I have been impressed with the growing social emphasis in his thought. Though he loved the church with a steadfast devotion, he could not but be impatient with its lack of evangelistic and social passion. It is a joy to bear testimony to his love and loyalty as a co-worker in the ministry of the church. Personal ambition in the sense of a desire to rise above his brethren was not in his nature. He was remarkably resourceful and practical in suggestions for the work of the parish. Deeply loved as a friend and pastor, honored and trusted as a teacher of the word, peculiarly gifted as a speaker to children, a man of deep and ever-growing experience of the Divine fellowhip--he was indeed a "good minister of Jesus Christ." Knowing him as I did, I feel no hesitation in quoting the last verse of Meyers "Saint Paul" as an expression of his inner vital faith:
"Yea, through life, death
Through sorrow and through sinning
Christ shall suffice me,
For He hath sufficed;
Christ is the end
For Christ was the beginning
Christ the beginning
For the end is Christ."

Memoir written by Rev. Robert E. Brown


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"Frank C. Thompson
Mar 2, 1858
May 3, 1940"

Their Works Do Follow Them
Rev. 14:13


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  • Added: 10 Feb 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 33694741
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  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Rev Frank Charles Thompson (2 Mar 1858–3 May 1940), Find A Grave Memorial no. 33694741, citing Woodlawn Cemetery, Santa Monica, Los Angeles County, California, USA ; Maintained by Mary Jane Haight-Eckert (contributor 46560908) .