George E. Thompson (Big George), 76, of Monroe City, formerly of Salisbury, Mo., passed away at 11:58 p.m. Thursday, Jan., 28, 2010, in his residence.


George E. Thompson (Big George), 76, of Monroe City, formerly of Salisbury, Mo., passed away at 11:58 p.m. Thursday, Jan., 28, 2010, in his residence.
He was born Feb. 3, 1933, in Chariton County, Mo., the son of Wallace and Mabel Harlan Thompson.
He was a 1950 graduate of Salisbury High School. He served his country in the United States Army from 1953 to 1955. He previously worked as a weight inspector for the Missouri Highway Patrol and previously owned a mobil oil business in the Monroe City area. He was a Monroe County stockman and grain farmer. He refereed area basketball for more than 25 years. He was a bus driver for the Monroe City School District retiring in 2001. He ran Big George Fireworks for more than 50 years in West Quincy, Mo., and the Monroe City area.
He was a member of the Monroe City Christian Church and the past president of Monroe City Jaycees, Monroe City Lions Club and NEMO Shrine. He was chairman of the board of the Monroe City Nutrition Center. He was a member of the South Side Bridge Club where he served as treasurer.
One of the greatest joys in his life was attending athletic events at Monroe City High School. He drove the athletic bus for many years. He also loved his time spent at the Monroe City Nutrition Center. He enjoyed playing cards (pitch, poker, bridge and euchre) with his good friends.
He married JoAnn Kulhman Meeker, Sept. 30, 1966, in Monroe City, she survives.
Also surviving, four sons, Stan Thompson, Monroe City, Mike Thompson, Monroe City, Kenny Thompson, Monroe City, Brad Thompson and wife Michelle, Kearney, Mo.; one stepson, Phil Meeker, California; one daughter, Gayle Dean and husband Jackie, Monroe City; two stepdaughters, Kathy Viele, Monroe City and Diane Pratt and husband Tom, Stoutsville, Mo.; one sister, Marjorie (Melvard) Dooley, Salisbury, Mo.; 20 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, Eugene Thompson; and one sister, Erlene Weinhaus.
Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2010, at the Garner Funeral Chapel, Monroe City with Rev. Steve Goughnour officiating. Burial will be at the Missouri State Veterans Cemetery, Jacksonville, Mo. Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday, at the Garner Funeral Home in Monroe City. There will be a Masonic Service at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the Funeral Home.
Pallbearers are Richard Thompson, Curtis Thompson, Dane Thompson, Tim Pratt, Doug Pratt, Bryce Detwiler, Chad Viele and James Earl Carter.
Memorials have been suggested to the Monroe City Christian Church, Monroe City Nutrition Center or the donor’s choice.