Luther W. Thomspon

Luther W. Thompson, used with permission of Kathryn Case.

Luther Wilburn Thompson was born on February 1, 1892, in Rusk, Cherokee County, Texas. His father was Benton Swinney Thompson and his mother was Mary Jane “Molly” Jones. On June 5, 1917, he was living at 413 W. Elm, Tyler, Texas and was employed by St. Louis & SW Ry Co. of Texas as a stenographer clerk. He was inducted in the service on September 19, 1917 at Tyler, Texas in the 359 infantry, Co. L. of the 90th Division. He departed Brooklyn, New York on the Elpenor for Frances. He participated in operations at St. Mihiel and Meuse-Argonne. He returned on the U.S.S. Wilhelmina boarding at St. Nazaire, France that left on 22 May 1919 and arrived at Newport News, Virginia on 7 June 1919. He was discharged from the service on 7 June 1919.


He married Eula Vera George on June 18, 1922 in Yell County, Arkansas. The following wedding announcement was published:

Miss Vera George, the talented daughter of Mr. and Mrs. D. H. George of Ola, and Mr. L. W. Thompson of Tyler, Tex., were united in the holy bonds of matrimony last Sunday evening at the home of bride’s parents, the ceremony being performed by Rev. Jackson of Havana. The groom holds a responsible position in the General Offices of the Cotton Belt Railroad in Tyler. Immediately following the ceremony Mr. and Mrs. Thompson left over the Rock Island for an extensive bridal tour of the West.  They will visit Oklahoma, Texas, Nevada, Arizona, Utah, Wyoming, Colorado, and Missouri.

They had three children during their marriage. He died on September 21, 1976, in Tyler, Smith County, Texas, at the age of 84, and was buried in Rose Hill Cemetery, Tyler, Smith County, Texas.