Eugene Lowell Thompson’s story began Oct. 23, 1919, the seventh child of eight born to Ed and Grace (Detwiler) Thompson in Paducah. It took a full century to fulfill his earthly journey. Gene finished his race July 29, 2020.
Gene graduated from Valley View High School when he was 16 years old. Due to losing everything in the Great Depression, his family relocated to Munday and he went to high school for another two years, playing football and basketball for the Munday Moguls, thus beginning his avid love for the Moguls.
Gene will be remembered as one of the Moguls’ most loyal fans. He frequently boasted “Munday is the greatest place to live on earth.” He also said, “I have lived a good life”… and that he did.
After joining the United States Army, he disembarked on the west coast, went around the world, and ported on the east coast. He returned home to Munday to marry the love of his life, Mildred “Emogene” Nelson, on May 23, 1945. Together they raised their two children, Larry and Paula.
Gene’s entrepreneurial skills developed while serving his country during WWII, he sold all the beer and cigarettes issued to him by the US Army. Upon returning home he used the money to purchase his first tractor and began farming. Gene drove many miles through the years watching his crops grow. He loved the entire process from planting to harvesting. In his later years, his family always chuckled watching him beam from ear to ear driving through his wheat and cotton crops, he frequently expressed, “gosh o’mighty, it’s the best crop yet” and “hot dog, it’s a good world.”
If he wasn’t driving through the country, he never missed a Mogul event. He traveled far and wide to watch his grandkids, great-grandkids and all the other Moguls and Mogulettes, as well. His favorite colors were purple and gold and he was a proud supporter of all things Munday. In his honor, donations can be made to the Munday Athletic Booster Club, the Purple Cloud Band Boosters, First Baptist Church and Johnson Memorial Cemetery.
Gene was proceeded in death by his parents Ed and Grace; brothers Howard, Richard, Ivy, and Robert Doyle; sisters Ernestine English, Edna McKinney, and Ina Marcum; his wife Emogene; and son Larry Gene.
He has left behind a legacy of loved ones that will reminisce “Gene stories” until they, too, finish their own races. Loved ones include his daughter Paula and husband Jim Cowsert and daughter-in-law Cindy Thompson, all of Munday.
His grandkids were his pride and joy and he let them know they “all married good” (no-one ever had to guess what he was thinking; he always shared his opinion): Todd (Kelly) Thompson, Trey (Ronda) Thompson, Tyler (Tonya) Thompson—all of Munday; Britney (Nathan) Eder of Boulder, CO.; Blake (Christina) Beall of League City; Kent (Monica) Cowsert and Katie (Mark) Campbell, all of Dallas.
Gene had 18 great-grandchildren. Whenever they saw his pickup at Allsup’s they went in to say “hi” and walked out with some goodies. His first great-great-grandchild is due in February, that would have been another “hot dog the world is good” moment.
Gene retired to the Munday Nursing Center for the last 18 months of his life. He enjoyed frequent outings until the COVID-19 quarantine began in March. He continued to maintain his positive attitude and often said, “momma always said you can be happy or sad, so it’s best to choose happy.” Gene was a good man. As a dear friend commented: losing such a man with his knowledge is like a library burning.
Funeral arrangements were under the care of McCauley-Smith Funeral Home. Gene was laid to rest Monday, Aug. 3 at 2 p.m. in a graveside service at Johnson Memorial Cemetery with family and friends sharing special memories.