Russell Thompson came into this world, September 8, 1948, at St. Therese Hospital, Beaumont, Tx. Through the eyes of Leo and Gertie Thompson, their baby boy completed their world. He would soon be home with his Big Sister, Judy.
Russell studied at Lamar University where he completed his studies in Economics. When he started work at a bank, he was informed that he would have to shave his beard to be able to work there. He immediately quit his job and went to work in the rice fields. Russell worked as a golf pro and a master greens keeper where he obtained an Environmentalists license. For the last sixteen years he worked the pipelines or as it is referred to “chasing pipes”. Soon the pipeliners became as family and were treated as one.
This Good Man for he truly was. When he and Trish met, he was thirty-five. He had a maroon truck named “La Bamba”, the most wonderfull golden retriever, Puchi, and an “Eat More Rice” sticker on the bumper of his pickup. He told Trish that he had washed LaBamba once and the truck was stolen. Russell never washed that truck again.
Russell was a big, tall man and too handsome for his own good, so God sent him, Trish. Trish was a good enough girl, but came with a package, four teenagers, Bryan, Terri, Tonja, and Todd Pressely and that friends is when life got interesting.
Russell is preceded in death by his parents, Leo and Gertie Thompson.
He is survived by the love of his life, Patricia “Trish” Thompson; sons, Bryan E. Pressely and wife, Angela and Anthony Todd Pressely and wife, Brenda; daughters, Tonja L. Kohler and husband, Ron and Terri L. Edmonson; sister, Judy Beavers and his grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
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