Thompson Jr., Ira "Deedie"


Ira “Deedie” Thompson Jr. was born on March 8, 1937, in Abilene, TX and passed from this life on August 21, 2020 in Carrollton, TX. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ira Deedie and Natalie McClure Thompson, of Seagoville, TX, and his son, Dennis Keith Thompson of Carrollton, TX. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Glenda Smith Thompson; daughter, Mitzi Gayle Thompson; granddaughter, Amy Thompson Baker and her husband Tim Baker of Cottage Grove, OR; grandson, Jason Keith Thompson and wife Melody Thompson of Wauchula, FL; daughter-in-law, Annette Thompson Coffey and husband David Coffey of Carrollton, TX; and 5 great grandchildren, Gabe and Jordan Baker, Levi, Jonathan and Solomon Thompson; two brothers, Bill Thompson and wife Bunny of Atlanta, GA, and Bob Thompson of Corvallis, OR., and sister-in-law Sharon Smith Wells and husband Ray of Jasper, TX, as well as many nieces, nephews and friends of all ages.

Deedie attended Seagoville High School, Texas A & M University, and North Texas University where he received his master’s degree and Administrative Certificate. He taught English and coached football and basketball at Vivian Field Middle School, and coached at Coppell High School, as well as being an Elementary Principal. He was a teacher, coach, and principal for 33 years.

Deedie was an outstanding place kicker for the Seagoville Dragons football team in the 1950’s. The Dallas Morning news nicknamed him “The Toe” and that name stuck with him throughout his life. Friends that knew him in high school called him Toe throughout his life.

Deedie’s passion was for his family, and he was a loving husband, involved father and grandfather. He was loved for his smile and hospitality, and the unselfish way he cared for everyone around him.  He loved middle school age kids and if he could have raised his family on a teacher’ salary, he would have spent his entire school career teaching Middle School children.

A memorial service will be planned at a later date.

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27 replies on “Thompson Jr., Ira "Deedie"”

Steven R Wells says:

My Uncle Deedie was a high school football star, but was so much more in the decades that followed. My Uncle and Aunt were married 63 years before he passed away this past week. During most of those years he worked as an educator. I have my own special memories of his laugh (that gravelly, explosive gufaw), his passion for game-playing (pinacle and Wahoo, etc), and his love for his family (AND his dogs!). Stories are pouring in about the lives that were touched by his generosity and care. I have so much to learn from the life he lived so well. The key is in applying those lessons now to be a life that makes that extra point for someone else.

michele kidson says:

Mitzi, praying for you and your family as you mourn the loss of your dad. May your sweet memories of times spent with him soon bring smiles to your hearts. Take care.

noelle miller says:

He was a wonderful man and we will miss him. We love his family and are praying for them daily.

Connie Fenley says:

Glenda,I am so sorry for you loss.when you have lived with someone for 63years I it leaves a whole in your heart that just won’go away.. I know what you are going through, If you need a friend to talk with Give me a call, Ian here for you

Judy Trammell says:

This man was a treasure. Even in his last days, he was so sweet and charming. I could tell he has always been a kind and compassionate person. I know he will be missed but his memory will live on. Thanks for allowing me to be part of his last days on earth. I absolutely love the story about “the toe”! That is so great. Made my day!!

Jim & Morine Blackard says:

Deedie, Glenda, Dennis & Mitzi attended church with us. Their family was always friendly. Deedie was my elementary principal at Pinkerton Elem. in Coppell. He also taught school with me at West Middle School with me. He was always smiling and friendly with our co-workers. Deedie will be missed by his family & friends. May God bless his family.

Louise Prescott Jenkins says:

Glenda, I am so sorry about Deedie’s passing. He was always such a gentleman and kind person. You are in my prayers. May God bless you and comfort you and your family.

Olivia Anderson Teel says:

So sorry for your loss.Prayersfor family.

Carolyn A. Williams says:

May the family have peace knowing the love of God is with you and comfort you at this time.

Paula Wertman says:

We send our condolences & heartfelt prayers to you & your lovely family. We all loved Deedie & we will really miss him in Sunday class & at church. Glenda & Mitzi, we love you & are praying for you. God bless you & your family. Deedie is now pain-free & with Dennis & your other loved ones. Take care. Love you! Roland & Paula Wertman

Bob Thompson says:

Bill and I are twin brothers, 3 years younger that Deedie. Deedie was a model older brother and put up with a lot of “stuff” from his twin siblings. Bill and I did not learn English until we entered school. As sometimes happens, twins that spend a lot of time alone together at a very early age may develop their own language. In fact, linguists have studied this phenomenon by way of learning how languages started and evolved.
MY POINT? When our parents could not understand what we (the twins) were saying, Deedie interpreted for us. Maybe that, too, could be a study for linguists and sociologists. He was a great man. My prayers are with Glenda and all of his relatives.
Bob, Corvallis Oregon.

Marion Bradford says:

May God comfort you at this time. Cherish all of the beautiful memories as you celebrate a life well lived. God bless you.

I didn’t know him,but I send my sympathy. I graduated from Seagoville High in 1973/

Byrom Beets says:

There is no other way to describe DD than to jusr say what a wonderful person he was. My heartfelt condolences go out Glenda and all of his family. DD was a great high school field goal kicker. He was quiet often referred to as “the toe”. He got this nickname after Lou “the toe” Groza – a great NFL kicker.

Margaret Anne Haskell says:

I am sending prayers to all your family. Mr. Thompson hired me for my first Coppell job at Pinkerton Elementary! I have very fond memories and hope you will hold onto yours!

Deana Cain Gruver says:

Mr. Thompson was my first principal. Many memories come to mind; but one I will share concerns his love an care of the students. One year I had a Kindergarten students who always wanted to eat breakfast. She ate at home; but once she got to school she wanted to eat again. Because she had eaten at home her parents did not send extra money. Mr. Thompson bought her breakfast every morning that she wanted to eat. I did not find that our until some time later. He did not need the praises of his peers; just the satisfaction that he made a litle girl’s day by giving her extra attention. May his family be comforted knowing that others know of his loving and compassionate heart.

Priscilla Jones says:

Mr. Thompson was such a kind and patient man. I remember his patients when he took Mitzi and Janet and I water skiing on the lake. He must’ve had to do 10 passes to be able to get me up on those skis! But he did it all with a smile and a story or two. Mitzi our prayers are with you and your mom and your whole family. Praise God for a life well lived!

Karen Campbell says:

It is no wonder Mitzi and all are genuinely good, kind, and hardworking as well people. It’s certain Coach Thompson will be waiting now with the Lord to see his family again.

Dan and Carolyn Anthony says:

So sorry for your loss. Prayers for peace and comfort. Love you.

Sam Ramsey says:

Our condolences and prayers for you and your family

Marcia Harbour says:

I want to send my thoughts and prayers to you all. I only met Mr Thompson a few times but he always had such a sweet smile and gentle kind demeanor. Peace to The family.

Damian Roan says:

I loved playing football for Coach Thompson. 7th grade Vivian Field in the 60s. He was a very nice man. Rest In Peace and prayers to the family

Pat Warnock says:

Glenda, my prayers and thoughts are with you. Let me know if i can help.

Tracy McFadden says:

I loved Deedie’s sense of humor. The world is better because of his love of God and the way he lived as a man of Christ. The world is less because he left. I am sorry for your loss here on earth,, Glenda and Mitzi.

Doug and Linda Brown says:

Deedie &Glenda have been our close friends for over 40 years. We were introduced to them by Dennis and Mitzi (teenagers at the time) and felt as if we immediately became a part of their family. Although we moved from Texas years ago we remained close, taking trips together, sharing anniversaries, birthdays, weddings of our children, funerals, always picking up as if we were still a few miles apart. Deedie was the same kind, compassionate, fun-loving man from the first day we met to the last time we were able to be together. We will miss Deedie, but have special memories to cherish until we see him again.

Bill Thompson says:

I won’t repeat what Bob has already shared. As is sometimes the custom in the South, people are referred to by their “role” in the family, not their actual name. I have a friend who still refers to her “Aunt Sister.” No one knows her real name. It was somewhat the same in our family. Deedie was called “Brother” in our early years. Bob and I couldn’t say brother so we called him “Bubba.”
Deedie loved to play practical jokes. On one occasion, when we were on a field trip on a train, the train stopped, seemingly in the middle of nowhere.
Deedie had me convinced that the train had a flat tire, even though I knew trains didn’t run on tires.
He was always a jolly old soul.
Blessings to all his surviving family.

Marlyn Scott says:

I will always remember his kindness when my mother passed.
We worked together at Lee Elementary in Coppell ISD and I was an unseasoned, new Elementary librarian. We named our library turtle after him and was known to the students as Mr T.
So many good memories.

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