George Felix Thompson
b. 3 March 1885, d. 12 September 1950
- George Felix Thompson was born on 3 March 1885 in Faunsdale, Marengo County, Alabama.
- Research Note: It is possible that (1) George Thompson may have been born to Laura Adams and David Yeager and adopted the surname of Laura’s second husband; (2) he may have been born to Laura Adams Yeager and Robert Thompson prior to their marriage; or (3) he may have been a son of Robert Thompson of an earlier marriage who adopted the middle name of Laura’s father later in life.
- Robert Lee Thompson and Laura Shields Adams appeared in the US federal census of 1 June 1900 in Amaudville, Saint Landry Parish, Louisiana. Other members of the household included George Felix Thompson, Lennie Shields Thompson, Henry Brooks Thompson, John Franklin Thompson and Zealous Abraham Thompson.
- George Felix Thompson appeared in the US federal census of 15 April 1910 in New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana, at 120 South Rampart Street.
- He was a sawyer, according to the 1910 census.
- He married Anne Odille Melancon, daughter of Alfred Melancon and Corrine Babin, circa 1914.
- George Felix Thompson registered for the draft on 12 September 1918 in New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana, while living with his wife Odille at 8603 Poplar Street, and employed there as a sawyer by Otis Manufacturing Company.
- Robert Lee Thompson appeared in the US federal census of 1 January 1920 in Washington, Saint Landry Parish, Louisiana, at Main Street enumerated next to the household of August Muller.. Other members of the household included George Felix Thompson, Anne Odille Melancon, Georgie Thompson, Curtis James Thompson, Lennie Shields Thompson, Lennie Mae Thompson and Robert Lee Thompson.
- He was a saw filer at a saw mill, according to the 1920 census.
- George Felix Thompson and Anne Odille Melancon appeared in the US federal census of 1 April 1930 in Wisner, Franklin Parish, Louisiana, at Kansas Street. Other members of the household included Georgie Thompson, Curtis James Thompson and Alcide Joseph Thompson.
- He was employed as a sawyer in a lumber mill, according to the 1930 census.
- George Felix Thompson and Anne Odille Melancon appeared in the US federal census of 1 April 1940 in New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana, at 1535 Dublin. Other members of the household included Alcide Joseph Thompson.
- He was proprietor of a retail grocery store, according to the 1940 census.
- George Felix Thompson registered for the draft in 1942 in Orleans Parish, Louisiana, while living with his wife at 1234 Leonidas Street in New Orleans, employed there in the grocery business.
- The following was published online by The Times-Picayune:
Editor, The Times Picayune:
I wish to explain to William L. Wonderly, in reply to his letter, "Beyond Forty" in The T-P Sept. 6, just what the "beyond fortys" are kicking about.
When I was 40 I had three children: 1 year, 5 years and 9 years old. Life had just begun for me at that time and I was healthy, strong, able, fully capable and willing to work. I had the responsibility of raising and educating these three children, but I was turned down because I was too old in lots of places. I have a trade and I am considered an expert at my trade. I drove taxi-cabs, held watching jobs and my wife went to work in order to give these three children just an 8th grade education.
This will explain to Mr. Wonderly just what we mean and what the "above forties" are kicking about. We want jobs and money to raise and educate our children and to make good and useful citizens of them. If we are cut off at 40 we cannot do it. Do you think the "above forties" have a just complaint?
In conclusion I will ask Mr. Wonderly not to think that we "over forty" wish to wish to underrate the "under-forty." I agree that we over forty should do the defending because we are not of much use here after 40. Group insurance stops us. Corporations can hire us but the older we are the more they have to pay for insurance. Naturally that is the cause of over 40 not being able to get work.
-- George F. Thompson.
- George Felix Thompson died on 12 September 1950 at age 65.
- His wife Anne Odille Melancon became a widow at his death.
- He was interred at Garden of Memories, Metairie, Jefferson Parish, Louisiana.
- The following appeared on 14 September 1950 in The Times-Picayune: [Died] Of 6209 Cameron Blvd., on Tuesday, September 12, 1950, at 10:15 o'clock p. m., George Felix Thompson, beloved husband of Anne Odille Melancon; father of Mrs. F. J. Spahn, Curtis James and Alcide Joseph Thompson of this city; grandfather of Adrienne and Sybil Spahn and Lorraine Thompson; brother of Mrs. L. J. Muller, Frank, Henry and Zealous Thompson; aged 65 years; a native of Alabama, and a resident of this city for 57 years.
Relatives and friends of the family, also employes of Katz and Besthoff Drug Stores, American Brewing Company and Ben Wolfe Printing Company, are invited to attend the services from the funeral home of Albert E. Briede and Son, Inc., 1160 Camp street, on Thursday, September 14, 1950, at 9:30 o'clock a. m., followed by a mass at St. Raphael's church at 10 o'clock a. m.
Interment in Garden of memories, 4800 Air-Line Highway.
- The following appeared on 2 June 1972 in the Baton Rouge State Times Advocate: Mrs. Ann Odile Melancon Thompson died Thursday morning in New Orleans. She was 79, a native of Dutchtown and resident of 4231 Banks St., New Orleans. Body at William Betz's Sons Funeral Home, 7611 Maple St., New Orleans. Religious services at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Mater Dolorosa Catholic Church, Carrollton Avenue and Plum Street. Burial in Garden of Memories. She is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Georgie T. Spahn, New Orleans; two sons, Curtis J. and Alcide J. Thompson, both of New Orleans; seven grandchildren; three great-grandchildren and six sisters, Miss Lise Melancon, Mrs. Corrine Richards, Mrs. Octave Dixon, Mrs. Bertha LaNaux and Mrs. Wallace Seale. She was preceded in death by her husband, George Thompson; her mother, Corrine Babin; father, Alfred Melancon; sister, Mrs. Lillie Adams; and brothers, Alfred, Alcide and Alcee Melancon.
- The following appeared on 5 September 1988 in The Times-Picayune: [Died] Alcide J. Thompson of Gretna, LA, on Friday, September 2, 1988 at 5 a.m., beloved husband of Betty Nette Thompson; father of Michael and George Thompson, Dawn Zweifel and Brigette Tonko; brother of Mrs. Georgie T. Spahn and the late Curtis Thompson; son of the late George and Anne Thompson; grandfather of Danielle, Ashley and Aaron Thompson, Brittany Zweifel, Rachelle, Ryan and Robert Tonko, Jr; uncle of Adrian Burst, Sybil Gordon and Lorraine Heath.
Relatives and friends of the family, also officers and members of VFW Post No. 5733 are invited to attend the funeral services from Westside Funeral Home, 5101 Westbank Expressway, Marrero, LA, on Tuesday September 6, 1988 at 12:00 noon. Interment in Lake Lawn Mausoleum, Metairie, LA. Visitation on Monday, September 5, 1988 from 7:00 p.m. until 11:00 p.m. (Secured Parking) Information: 341-9421.
- Research Notes: It appears that either George's birth year was recorded incorrectly throughout his life, or that he was born well before the marriage of Robert Lee Thompson and Laura Adams Yeager, putting into question whether she actually was his mother. It is noteworthy that George's middle name Felix was Laura's father's name, and that apparently the first known child of Laura and Robert Lee was born more than three years after their marriage, so there is a possibility that George actually was born in 1888, not 1885.
- Last Edited: 11 Jan 2016