TUPELO - Madeline Lanier Thompson, 88, native of Soperton, Ga., and longtime resident of Newton, died Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013, after a long illness. Madeline was a graduate of the University of Tennessee. She married Tommy Thompson in 1947. She and her husband lived in Newton from 1949 to 1953, and they moved to Newton permanently in 1961. Madeline was an avid gardener, flower show judge, and reader and was enthusiastically involved with the Newton United Methodist Church.
Survivors include her sons: Tommy (Penny) and Lanier (Jarie); grandchildren: Gracie Menetre (Bailey) and Laura Thompson (Yuri Livshitz), and Jesse, Ruddy, and Jack Thompson; great-grandsons: George and Pate Menetre; great-granddaughter, Esther Livshitz; and, many well-loved nieces, nephews, and other relatives.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 63 years, Tommy Thompson.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Newton United Methodist Church. The family would like to thank Susie and Eddie Gaines for their love and care.
Private family services will be held at graveside in Soperton, Ga.