WILLARD, OH: Amos Drue Thompson was born December 26th, 1923 in Garrett, Indiana, the eldest son of Elder Hubert W. and Novella S. Thompson.
Amos moved to Willard, Ohio when he was two years old and attended Willard Public Schools.
In 1943, he married Alice Hammock and together they had one son, Allen.
In June of 1943 Amos enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps and received his basic training at Montford Point, Camp LeJeune, NC.
He was part of the last segregated Marines trained at Montford Point.
Thompson's wife and son both died in 1944 while he was overseas. Amos was honorably discharged from the Marines in November of 1945.
This past February, he was featured in the Cleveland Plain Dealer and the Willard Times for his service as a Montford Point Marine, and at the time he was one of 300 Marines still living of the 20,000 original Montford Point Marines. In November of 2011, President Obama signed legislation to award a Congressional Gold Medal to the first blacks who enlisted in the U.S. Marines in the 1940's. The action awards the medal to the Montford Point Marines "in recognition of their personal sacrifice and service to their country". The U.S. House passed the bill, sponsored by Rep. Corrine Brown, Florida Democrat, in October 2011 by a vote of 422-0. The Senate approved it by unanimous consent earlier in the month.
Thompson's wife will receive the medal on his behalf in a special ceremony slated to take place sometime this year.
He returned to Willard, Ohio in 1945 and began working for the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad and retired in 1985 after 40+ years of employment.
On January 6th, 1947, Amos married Maxine Smith. To that union was born seven children: Sheila J. Thompson (deceased), Cheryl L. Thompson-Taylor (Donal), Aaliyah J. Karim (deceased), Denise L. VanLeer (David), Adrian D. Thompson, Esq. (Tracy), Valerie S. Saunders (Darin) and Christopher A. Thompson (Tricia).
He was preceded in death by his parents Hubert W. and Novella S. Thompson; first wife, Alice Thompson; children, Allen Thompson, Sheila J. Thompson and Aaliyah J. Karim; and great-grandson, Tristan G. Thompson; sisters, Eula Mae Hammock, Martha Lee Scott and Elizabeth Ford; and brother, William C. Thompson.
Amos was an avid gardener and loved to fish. He also loved music and was the director of a gospel quartet. In addition, he also helped to raise numerous nieces and nephews.
He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Maxine Thompson; five children; 22 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; one great-great granddaughter; his youngest sister, Dorothy Peat of New York; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, March 31st, 2012 at 11 am, at the Secor Funeral Home - 202 West Maple Street, Willard, Ohio 44890.
Viewing hours will be on Friday, March 30th, 2012 from 2 - 4 pm and from 6-8 pm (the family will be present during this time).
Burial will follow at the Greenwood Cemetery in Willard, Ohio with military funeral rites.
In lieu of flowers, please consider making a contribution to the Amos D. Thompson Scholarship Fund at First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 23, Willard, OH 44890. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.secorfuneralhomes.com