Born Monday, June 19, 1950
Died Wednesday, January 8, 2020
Celebration of the Life for Richard Wayne Thompson
“I cowboy’d up!”
Richard Wayne Thompson was the sixth of seven children to be born into the loving union of Willie Mae (Parker) and Relford “Bear” Thompson ,Sr. from the time he was old enough to step into his daddy’s boots he knew he wanted to be a cowboy and take care of the farm. At a young age he gave his life to Christ and was member of Mt. Bethel Missionary Baptist Church. He was a very gifted musician and played several instruments. Richard graduated from Wagoner High School and went on to further his education at Northeastern State University. He decided to leave college because he had a love for the farm, so he went back home to help.
While starting his home he married Betty Trout, but their union ended after some time. He ventured out and left the farm and moved to the city where he worked for the phone company as a telephone repairman. He also worked on the railroad for several years. Richard fell in love with Mary “Jan” Vulgamore and they had two beautiful and amazing children together. The love for the fam life eventually called him to the country and he moved back to Tullahassee and started working on the farm again. The Thompson brothers teamed up and a dream they had for the Bear Thompson Rodeo Arena came to life and many rodeos and events have been held there and it was always a guarantee that he would greet you with a hug and a smile. He spent his last days doing what he loved the most which was spending time with his long-lasting life partner, family and farming.
Richard was preceded in death by his parents, Willie Mae and Relford Thompson, Sr.; his infant sister, Carolyn; and brothers, Relford Jr. and Alfred Thompson.
He will be missed by many and leaves to cherish his memory his son Reginald (Michelle) Vulgamore; his daughter, Regina Vulgamore; his sisters, Doris “Betsy” Mackey, Barbara Moore and Linda Smith; his loving companion, Terrie Gordon; his 5 grandchildren; Mariha, Marley, Alyssa, Shyne, and Elijah; his aunt, Gerldine Craig and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
A Service of Memory, will be conducted, Saturday, January 18, 2020 at 2:00 P.M. in Mt Bethel Baptist Church, Porter,OK with the pastor,Rev. Hank McVay, Jr., eulogizing. Interment will follow in Pleasant Grove Cemetery.
Visitation, Friday, Jan. 17, 2020, 1:00 P.M. until 5 P.M. in the Precious Memories Chapel.
The family has been cared for by House of Winn Funeral Home, Muskogee, OK