Beatrice Louise Thompson was born November 20, 1924 in San Antonio, Texas, the oldest of seven children born to the proud parents of Willie and Thelma Adams.
Beatrice confessed her faith in Christ at a very early age, joining the Shiloh Baptist Church under the pastorship of Reverend S.E. Stewart. She was an active and dedicated lifetime member of Shiloh Baptist, a Church she loved and strongly supported. Beatrice attended the San Antonio Independent School District and graduated from Phillis Wheatley High School in 1941.
In 1942, Beatrice was united in holy matrimony with Houston Thompson, Jr. Three handsome sons were born of this union, Jimmy Louis, Houston III and Winfred Charles.
As a young wife and mother Beatrice lovingly supported her husband's military career. Being a military family, they traveled and lived in various cities within the United States and Europe. In addition to being an excellent wife and devoted mother, Beatrice held various jobs within the military and private sectors. After years of travel Houston and Beatrice settled in San Antonio Texas. Beatrice started her full-time career holding various positions at The Logistic Su!Jport Command at Kelly Air Force Base from which she retired.
Beatrice loved life and her family. She was an extraordinary person and never met a stranger. Her family remembers her as a kind, gentle, patient, generous, and caring person who encouraged her children and grandchildren to reach for their dreams and pursue their goals. However, she "took no prisoners" in correcting you if you were out of line or telling you what was on her mind. She would tell it just like it was. Her love of people did not stop with her family. She extended her caring, mentoring and teaching to others involved in her life. Friends of her children were always welcome in the Thompson home. They were made to feel secure and were provided an atmosphere of support, teaching and guidance. Her loving and giving heart earned her the affectionate names of Big Mama and Grandma Bea by her many grandchildren.
Beatrice was an avid sports fan who LOVED the San Antonio Spurs and Dallas Cowboys! When watching the game, she dressed for the occasion wearing her team's colors and attire. All that knew her well didn't dare call her during game time and if anyone did she would politely say I will call you later I'm watching the game.
Beatrice loved to travel and had a number of hobbies. She was a great dancer and as a young woman was a member of the "Hot Chili Peppers." Beatrice enjoyed shopping and had an elegant sense of style and flair. In admiration of her style she was often referred to as the "fashionista'.' by her family. She loved to play card and board games with her family and friends, work cross word puzzles, and enjoyed cooking. She was an active member of the Pacesetters Bridge Club until the age of ninety.
Beatrice was a lady of great faith. Throughout her life she taught friends and family how to live. However, her greatest lesson was taught watching her display of strength and spiritual conviction when her health started to fail. She never gave up and always fought back after every health encounter gaining the name of the "Comeback Kid." A week before her passing when the family was told she only had a few days on this earth, the family gathered expecting the worst but Beatrice rallied and was released from the hospital. Upon returning to her residence she requested her favorite foods, went to a celebration luncheon with her family and entertained relatives and friends that visited or telephoned her. After all was said and done Beatrice said I am tired!
Somehow, we felt that Beatrice knew that "Weeping may endure for a night, but joy will come in the morning." Throughout all her pain and suffering, she never complained. On Wednesday, June 6, 2018 in the early morning hours, Beatrice went home to be with the Lord.
Beatrice leaves to mourn her passing and cherish her loving memory; three sons, Jimmy Louis Thompson, Sr. (Lillian), Tucson Arizona; Houston Thompson III, San Antonio, Texas; Winfred Thompson, Sr. (Jasmine), San Antonio, Texas; grandchildren, Dr. Marcel Thompson (Dewana), Chrisettia Morgan "Little Beatrice" (Willie), Lovettia Johnson, Winfred Thompson, Jr, (Dianne), Stephanie Thompson, Troy Thompson, Emmanuel Thompson; eleven great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild and a host of relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her loving and devoted husband of sixty-three years, Senior Master Sergeant Houston Thompson, Jr.; parents Willie and Thelma Adams; two sisters: Jewel Tatum and Jean Chappel; four brothers Willie, Jesse, Herman, and Melvin and grandson, Jimmy Thompson, Jr. Beatrice will be dearly missed. She leaves behind an unforgettable legacy that will be carried on for years to come.