Contributed by Cousin JoAnne Raines
Claude William Thomson,
was the man who (sort of) raised
Terrence Steve McQueen
THE SLATER NEWS RUSTLER, THURSDAY, NOV. 28, 1957
CLAUDE WILLIAM THOMSON
Claude William Thomson, prominent farmer and stockman
of this community, passed away at the Maude Lee Home in Slater,
Friday, November 23, at the age of 84 years, 2 months and 21 days.
Funeral services, conductted by Rev. Wilson G. Bently, pastor of the Slater Christian Church, were held at the Hill Brothers Chapel, in Slater, Monday afternoon, November 25th, at two o'clock, and burial was made in the Rehoboth Cemetery.
The deceased, son of John W. and Julia Thomson was born on a farm a few miles south of Slater, August 31, 1875, and he still resided on the same farm where he was born, at the time of his death.
Mr. Thomson had been an extensive farmer and stockman as long as his health permitted, and he was well known throughout this section of the state.
The deceased is survived by his wife, of the home; a son, "Mac" Thomson, of Chicago, Ill., and one sister of Fulton, MO. In addition, he leaves four grandchildren and other relatives and a host of long-time friends.
A niece and her husband, Mr. and Mrs. Ed Johnson, of Bay Town, Texas, were here to attend the funeral services, as were a grandson, C. W. Thomson, of Warrensburg, and granddaughter, Mrs. Jo Ann Raines, of Kansas City.
Mrs. Frances Brame accompanied Donald Martin as he sang, "Oh Love That Will Not Let Me Go," and "Precious Lord, Take My Hand," at the services. Dr. John Gamby, Buell Brumble, H. H. Butts, Burris Johnson, Charles Butcher and Paul Sailor served as pallbearers.
LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT
I, C.W. Thomson, of Saline County, Missouri, being of
sound mind and disposing memory, hereby make, publish and declare
this to be my last will and testament and hereby revoke any and
all wills by me heretofore made.
I first direct the payment of all of my just debts and obligations.
II To my son, Pike McFall Thomson, now of Chicago, I make no bequest or devise of any nature whatsoever, for the reason that I have already helped him in many ways, financially and otherwise, and to an extent greater than I feel his devotion to me deserves.
III All of my estate, real, personal, and mixed, and of whatever kind and character, I will, devise, and bequeath unto my beloved wife, Eva Thomson, to be hers absolutely. I name, designate, and appoint my said wife, Eva Thomson, as Executrix of this my last will and testament, and request her appointment as such without bond.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF I hereunto set my hand this 31st day of December, l954.