Della McDowell Thompson passed away on July 7, 2011. She was born December 24, 1929.
Mrs. Thompson retired from Oktibbeha County Hospital as a switchboard operator in 2005 after 24 1/2 years of service. She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church, where she was a member of the Esther Sunday School class and the Young at Heart. She was a loving mother, grandmother, sister and she also loved her friends. She loved her Lord.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth Thompson; her mother, Hilda Coleman McDowell; her father, Lee McDowell; a brother, Terrell McDowell; and two sisters, Kathryn Beck and Mary Jane Jones.
She is survived by her daughter, Bonnie Devereaux (Brian) of Starkville; one granddaughter, Tabitha Powell (Harvey) of Starkville; one grandson, Gregory Vaughan of Starkville; two step-grandchildren, Brian J. Devereaux of Birmingham, Ala. and Scott Devereaux of Hattiesburg; seven great grandchildren, Kenneth and Michael Powell of Starkville, Stormie Vaughan of Moulton, Ala., Savannah and Clover Whitefoot of Hattiesburg, and Emma and Avery Devereaux of Birmingham, Ala.; three sisters, Elsie Todd (Lee) of Hattiesburg, Margie Grantham (Pete) of Athens, Texas and Donna Sexton of Clinton; one brother, Myron McDowell (Lesia) of Dayton, Tecas; and a number of nieces and nephews.
Visitation for Mrs. Thompson is scheduled for Saturday, July 9 from 5-7 p.m. at Welch Funeral Home in Starkville. Funeral services are scheduled for Sunday, July 10 at 2 p.m. at Calvary Baptist Church in Starkville. Dr. Grant Arinder will conduct the service. Burial will be in Concord Cemetery in Ackerman.
Pallabearers are Roger Shivers, Paul Welch, Larry Mann, Terry Bridges, Jeff Willers, and Jimmy McCully.
Honorary pallbearers are Billy Taylor, Bill Stacy, Doug Gaydon and Robbie Pounds.
The family requests memorials be made to Calvary Baptist Church or Renal Care Group, Inc. in Starkville.