Virgil Leon Thompson of Miami died Saturday, May 5, 2007, at St. John's Regional Health Center in Joplin, Mo. He was 81.

Thompson was born June 25, 1925, in Murphy to Henry and Ada (Coverdale) Thompson.

He was a World War II veteran of the Navy, where he served as an aviation machinist.

He was a construction superintendent for Mike Valley Construction Company in Los Gatos, Calif.

He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars in California.

Thompson Avenue in San Jose, Calif., was named in his honor.

He was a member of Immanuel Baptist Church in Miami and was chairman of the building committee of the new fellowship hall.

He was married to Doris Foreman. She preceded him in death on Aug. 11, 1984. He was also preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Cleo, and three brothers, Gene, Ralph and Cliff.

He married Betty Revels on June 3, 1985, in Miami. She survives, of the home.

Additional survivors include one son, Garry Thompson of Portland, Ore.; three daughters and their husbands, Karra and Michael Sheridan of Grand Junction, Colo., Sharon and Terry Blumer of Seattle, Wash., and Jamesie Stell of Canoga Park, Calif.; two brothers, Earl Thompson and Charles Thompson, both of Prescott, Ariz.; two sisters, Kay Steiner of Reddings, Calif., and Bennie Sandreskty of Lake Havasu City, Ariz., five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Services will be 2 p.m. Thursday at Immanuel Baptist Church in Miami with the Rev. Danny Mills and the Rev. Gerald Dyer officiating. Burial will be in G.A.R. Cemetery in Miami.

Military rites will be conducted by the Missouri National Guard Juliet Team from Joplin.

His grandsons and son-in-law will serve as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be Mark Osborn, M.D., Clark Osborn, M.D. Thomas Moore, M.D., Clark McQuigg, D.D.S., Rob Dalton, Bob Thompson, Gayle Black, Jim Seward and Roy Carr.

The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Paul Thomas Funeral Home in Miami.