Funeral services for retired U.S. Army Sgt. Maj. Raymond J. Thompson, 81, of Kempner, will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Clear Creek Baptist Church in Kempner with the Rev. Thomas Edwards officiating. Burial with full military honors will follow at Clear Creek Cemetery.

Mr. Thompson died Jan. 11, 2014, in Temple. He was born Aug. 25, 1932, in Glasgow, Ky., to the late William Powers and Bessie Staples Thompson. He grew up in Glasgow, Ky., and graduated from Glasgow High School.

He married Barbara Izetta Houchens on May 2, 1953. He entered the U.S. Army at a young age and was a veteran of the Korean and Vietnam wars. He retired as a sergeant major in 1979, with over 20 years of service. He and his wife moved to Kempner in 1977.

He was a member of Clear Creek Baptist Church and a member of the Masonic Lodge.

Mr. Thompson was preceded in death by his wife on Nov. 4, 2003.  

Survivors include a daughter, Tina Bishop and her husband, John, of Belton; four sons, Terry Thompson and his wife, Brenda, of Kempner, Chuck Thompson and his wife, Angela, of Matthews, N.C., Mark Thompson and his wife, Denise, of Katy and Jason Thompson of Trophy Club; one sister, Nettie Ruth Bingham of Paducah, Ky.; 11 grandchildren, Michelle Thompson, Jennifer Hoelscher and her husband, Jason, David Thompson, Stacy Thompson, Dylan Thompson, Kayla Bishop, Marcy Thompson, Colt Thompson, Chucky Thompson, Taylor Bishop, Abbi Thompson; and one great-grandson, Ryden Ray Hoelscher.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Fischer House Foundation at or 111 Rockville Pike, Suite 420, Rockville, MD 20850.

Visitation is from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at Scott’s Funeral Home in Copperas Cove, which is in charge of arrangements.

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