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Horatio C. Thompson ... Obituary
With a heavy heart I bring sad news... On 20 October 2012, Cousin Horatio C. Thompson at 98 years of age transition from this life to everlasting life.
Horatio Cabrere Thompson, a retired businessman and resident of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, died at age 98 at Ochsner Medical Center on October 20, 2012. He was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, the son of James J. Thompson, Sr. and Eleanor Cabrere Thompson. Horatio was a founding member of St. Michael's Episcopal Church where he served as Senior Warden, Treasurer, Vestry member, etc. for more than 70 years. A charter member of Alpha Sigma Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. (1935), he became a life member and the recipient of the prestigious "Laurel Wreath." He was a charter member of Alpha Xi Boule of Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity, Bonanza Social Club and "Men of Distinction." He held offices and membership in over 50 organizations and corporate boards including the following: Baton Rouge Chamber of Commerce; Chairman of Federal Reserve Bank in New Orleans and Atlanta; Southern University Board of Supervisors; Baton Rouge Area Foundation; Salvation Army; American Red Cross; Ochsner Board of Councilors; BREC; Baton Rouge Speech and Hearing Foundation; PAR; and Baton Rouge Early Risers Kiwanis Club. He was installed in the Baton Rouge Business Report's 1996 Hall of Fame, recipient of the Brotherhood Sisterhood Award and honored as a Volunteer Activist by the Baton Rouge Speech and Hearing Foundation. He was preceded in death by his wife Jewell T. Thompson, brother James Thompson and sisters Eleanor Drummond and Tesse Miller. He is survived by his two daughters, Phyllis White and Paula Honore; three grandchildren, Shannon White (Atlanta, GA), Courtney Brooke White (New York City), and Todd Horatio White; former son-in-law, Darrell White; three nephews James Thompson (Baton Rouge), Albert Thompson (New York City), Horatio Miller (Pennsylvania); one niece Eleanor Miller (Pennsylvania) and a devoted cousin Brenda Thornton. Visitation at St. James Episcopal Church (205 North 4th Street) on Saturday, Oct. 27, at 9:00 a.m. Kappa Alpha Psi Memorial Service at 10:00 a.m. followed by Boule. The Requiem Eucharist begins at 11:00 a.m. with Bishop Charles E. Jenkins III officiating. Interment in Southern Memorial Gardens. A special expression of appreciation is extended to the staff at Ochsner Clinic and Medical Center. Special thanks to Dr. David Sledge, Sydney Prescott APRN, Dr. James Ratcliff, Dr. Claude Tellis, Dr. George Howard and Dr. Stephen Lindsey and the staff of "Hospice Compassus." Arrangements by Hall Davis & Son Funeral Service.
Published in The Advocate from October 23 to October 26, 2012