Thompson Family Reunion Newsletter – Spring 2024

Reubin Thompson Memorial Foundation
Spring Newsletter 2024


Reunion News

Our reunion last fall was on a beautiful day with great food.  Because he was feeling unwell our President Philip Stephens was unable to be there so cousin Bill T. Akers presided.  Sadly, we lost Philip a few days later.  He is greatly missed!!   Board member Andy Thompson has agreed to serve as president during this time of transition, with Bill T. as Vice President.   Last fall we gathered on Saturday evening for a meal and singing at Oak Park.  An event on Saturday is in the planning stages.   More details will be sent in your fall newsletter.  Please make plans to be in attendance the first weekend in October, our long-standing tradition! Continue reading

Death of William Philip Stephens

William Philip Stephens

William Philip Stephens

Our most sincere condolences to the family and friends of William Philip Stephens, President of the Reubin Thompson Memorial Foundation, who passed away on Wednesday, October 04, 2023 at his home in Soperton, Georgia. “Philip” Stephens had attended every Thompson Family Reunion since it started in 1958, except for this year’s reunion due to his illness.

Below is his obituary from the Sammons Funeral Home, 4201 West Main Street, Soperton, Georgia 30457:

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Thompson Family Reunion – October 01, 2023

Dear Family and Friends,

Things are going back to normal this year.  The fear of Covid seems to be taking a back seat these days so we feel safe to resume our regular activities.  This reunion marks 66 years that we have been meeting at Kemp to celebrate our family heritage.  It’s also a time to renew old acquaintances and make new ones.

Sunday, October 1st is our Big Day at Ebenezer Church on Kemp Road west of Swainsboro.  We are finally going back in the church with the doors opening at 9:30 and the program starting at 10:30.  Casual dress is fine and children are welcome.  Instead of a speaker, we are having a music program this year featuring some of our kin with chances for all of us to take part.
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Thompson Family Reunion Newsletter – Spring 2023

Reubin Thompson Memorial Foundation

SPRING 2023 Newsletter

Dear Family Members,

REUNION OCTOBER 1st

Some of us are already beginning to make plans for our 2023 reunion. In fact, there is talk of having a meal together on Saturday evening for those who arrive early or live close by. Details will be sent in our regular newsletter at the end of summer. The purpose of this letter is to keep in touch and provide news and reminders. It only goes to those whose email addresses we have. Please forward to others who might not receive it. Also, mark your calendars for Sunday, October 1, 2023 as the day of our annual reunion. Continue reading

Thompson Family Reunion 2022

Dear Family and Friends,

This reunion marks 65 years that we have been meeting at Kemp to celebrate our family heritage.  It’s also a time to renew old acquaintances and make new ones.  The last couple of years have been different because of Covid.  In 2020 we did not meet at all.  Then last year we had an abbreviated reunion outside.  Because Covid is still around, we will follow the model of last year.

Sunday, October 2nd is still our Big Day at Ebenezer Methodist Church on Kemp Road west of Swainsboro.   There will be no singing, no speaker, no indoor activities.  The church will be open for bathroom use.  At 11:30 we will gather at the outside shelter for a few remarks and a reading of the names of those who have passed away in the last year.  After a prayer, we will proceed with our dinner.  Caution will be taken, such as providing plastic gloves for serving food and sanitizer available.  If you feel apprehensive, I will understand your choice not to attend, but we want to provide an opportunity for those who wish to come.  The plan is that perhaps we can meet inside the church next year. Continue reading

Thompson Family Reunion 2021

 Dear Family and Friends,

As you know, last year we were unable to meet due to COVID.  We had been going full blast preparing for this year’s reunion when the pandemic grew worse again.  After careful consideration we are planning to still meet again, but things will be different. Continue reading

Death of Moses M. “Mose” Coleman Jr.

Moses M. "Mose" Coleman Jr.

Moses M. “Mose” Coleman Jr.

We were saddened to recently learn of the death of Moses M. “Mose” Coleman Jr. on May 8, 2019 at Vidalia, GA. Moses M. “Mose” Coleman Jr. was a genealogist and book author, among many other endeavors. He authored 8 cemetery books, including “Cemeteries of Emanuel County Georgia”. His last published book was “Granny Bess”, based upon letters saved by his grandmother Bess McCorkle.

Moses M. “Mose” Coleman Jr. was a 3rd great grandson of Solomon Yeomans, who served as a private in North Carolina during the Revolutionary War and who died in Emanuel County, GA.

Here is his obituary from the Ronald V. Hall Funeral Home, 310 North Street West, PO Box 308, Vidalia, GA 30475. Continue reading

Thompson Family Reunion 2020 Canceled

August 2020

Dear Family and Friends,

Normally I would be writing a letter to invite you all to the Thompson and Allied Families’ annual Homecoming/Reunion.  But these aren’t normal times.

For the first time in 63 years our Big Day has been cancelled.  Something called Covid-19 got in the way, just as it has touched practically everything in our society.  This was probably the hardest decision ever made by our Board of Directors but it seems like there was no alternative.  Right now would you really want to be at a gathering of people from all around, especially if you’re a senior citizen as many of our attendees are?  Rest assured, we will continue with the Foundation’s work this year and look forward to a very happy re-gathering next year on the first Sunday in October.   We hope all of our family members are doing well and staying safe. Continue reading