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ATLANTA — James L. Thompson, 79, Atlanta, passed away at 8:07 p.m. Tuesday (May 3, 2011) at Advocate BroMenn Medical Center, Normal.

The funeral for Mr. Thompson will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Eminence Christian Church, rural Atlanta. The Rev. Dr. LC Sutton will officiate. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at Quiram-Peasley Funeral Home, Atlanta. Burial will be in Mountjoy Cemetery, rural Atlanta.

Memorials may be made to Eminence Christian Church or Atlanta Rescue Squad.

Surviving Mr. Thompson are his wife, Marian, Atlanta; two daughters, Brenda (Doug) Garey and Cathy (Steve) Dreyer, all of Atlanta; four grandchildren, Clint Garey, Atlanta; Caleb (Justine Lowery) Garey, Waynesville; and Kate and Justin Dreyer of Atlanta; and one great-grandchild, Tucker Garey, Waynesville. He is also survived by nieces, nephews and cousins.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents; two infant sons, Martin and Michael; and three sisters, Bernadine Houghton, Donnabelle Barton and Madeline Thompson.

Mr. Thompson was born Jan. 6, 1932, in Lincoln, the son of Roy H. and Mona B. Bishop Thompson. He married Marian Renfrow on Nov. 27, 1954, at Eminence Christian Church in rural Atlanta. She survives.

Jim graduated from Atlanta High School in 1949. He served in the U.S. Army in Korea from 1952 to 1954 and in the Army Reserve for eight years. During his life, Mr. Thompson was employed by Caterpillar, Raymond Cotton Plumbing, GE and Cutler Hammer, from where he retired after 39 years of employment.

He was a member of Eminence Christian Church, where he had served as a deacon and a trustee; American Legion Post 341; and the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers.

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