CAPE GIRARDEAU - Lynn Thompson, 81, died April 30, 2004, at Southeast Missouri Hospital.
Born March 7, 1923, in Holcomb, son of the late Mack and Bertha Fox, he was a farmer in the Lilbourn area. He owned and operated the Best Western Motel in Cape Girardeau as well as motels in Mayfield, Murray and Fulton, Ky. He was a member of Lynwood Baptist church, ordained a deacon in 1967 and was a Sunday school teacher. Also a member of Harold O. Grauel Masonic Lodge 672, he was a past venerable master of Scottish Rite, served six years as a chapter dad for Cape Girardeau DeMolay, served as a board member for the Ironton Baptist Home and was regional governor of Best Western District 3.
On Feb. 22, 1942, in Pensacola, Fla., he married Betty Jo Nowell who survives of the home.
Other survivors include: five daughters, Donna Lynn Neal of Indianapolis, Ind., Karen Sue Carmody of Sikeston, Beverly Jo Simmons of Maynard, Ark., Tonja Louise Tankley of St. Louis and Robin Elizabeth Miller of Jackson; one sister, Fern Faye Riley of New Madrid; and 11 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Eight brothers and one sister preceded him in death.
Visitation is from 4 to 8 p.m. today at Ford and Sons Mount Auburn Chapel where a Scottish Rites service will be conducted at 7 p.m. A Masonic Rites service will follow at 7:30 p.m. by Harold O. Grauel Masonic Lodge.
Funeral services are scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at Lynwood Baptist Church with the Rev. Derek Staples officiating.
Burial will follow in Garden of Memories Cemetery in Sikeston.