December 8, 1948 ~ February 19, 2022

Born in: Florence, Alabama
Resided in: Indianapolis, Indiana

In Memory of Viola Thompson

Viola (Vilar) Thompson, of Indianapolis, Indiana passed away in death at 73 years of age, on February 19, 2022.

Viola, the daughter of Carrie Thornton, was born in Florence, Alabama on December 8, 1948.  Along with her siblings, she was raised and cared for by her mother and Ottaway Scott.  She was the youngest girl and number 8 of 10 children.  She loved her family and often spoke fondly of babysitting her nieces and nephews.

Viola graduated from West End High School in 1967. As a youth, she was very athletic and enjoyed playing sports, cheerleading, and excelled academically.  She was also very creative and would write poetry and music.  She was industrious, and hard-working when doing agricultural work common in the south at that time.

Viola was united in marriage to her husband, Felix Thompson on June 7, 1967.  They later moved to Indianapolis, Indiana to begin their life together.  They were married for 48 years until his passing.

Viola began studying the Bible with Jehovah’s Witnesses and was baptized on June 8, 1974.  In the beginning, she attended the Washington Park Congregation and afterward the Arlington Heights and East Lawrence Congregations.  At the time of her death, she was faithfully serving in the Devon Hills Congregation.  Later in life, she worked part-time for CICOA and other jobs centered around helping people. However, her primary career centered around her volunteering full-time to help people understand the Bible and have a closer relationship with her God, Jehovah.  She participated in this volunteer work for over 45 years!

Viola was a kind, positive, good at organizing fun activities type of person, with a beautiful smile.  She and her husband were extremely generous, hospitable, and willing to lend a hand in helping ones in need. She loved to collect antiques and grow vegetables in her backyard garden.

Viola really enjoyed Friday nights with her children, grandson, and occasionally others who gathered at her home for a delicious home-cooked meal, which often included her tasty greens and cornbread. The night was filled with good conversation, joy, games, and much laughter.

Viola was preceded in death by both parents, her husband Felix (2016), brothers Robert Reeder, Spencer Scott, Charles Scott, sisters Margaret Reeder, Mattie Thompson, and Ethel Hall.  She leaves to cherish her memory, her dear sister Sarah Scott, brothers, George Scott (Violene), Isaiah Thornton (Penny), and many nieces and nephews.  Also, her two sons who will miss her greatly, Timothy Thompson (Torhonda), Henry Thompson (Vanessa), and grandson Vincent J. Thompson, along with other relatives and friends.

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  1. May each of you find courage to face tomorrow as you rest in the knowledge that we truly care about each of your needs and that we will be here to walk beside you in your journey of grief.

    Eddie Beagles and the staff of Legacy Cremation & Funeral Services

  2. No pain is greater than the loss of a “LOVED ONE”. As a close friend of mine, Viola’s passing is, to say the least, unbearable; I miss her so! Hanging on to the resurrection hope enables me to cope with the grief. I thank Jehovah for the comfort of having that assurance.

  3. Dearest Thompson Family and Friends,
    We want to express our deepest sympathy. We, with you, long for the time when Revelation 21:3,4 will be fulfilled. We look forward to our tears of pain being changed to tears of joy. We will continue to pray for each person to be comforted and strengthen by our loving Father, Jehovah. (2Corinthians 1:3,4) We love you all dearly!!! 💝

  4. Viola was a genuinely sweet and spiritual Sister. Many have benefited from the good example she set in her ministry, congregation and family. We will look forward to seeing her with her family again! ♥️

  5. Viola was a sweet, genuine spiritual woman. She was a good example in the congregation, in the ministry and in her family. Many benefited from her example. We will look forward to the time when we along with her family will see her again ❤️

  6. Our heart go out to your family. We were so sorry to hear about the loss of your mother. We long for the day of resurrection when we will see our dear Sister Viola alive full of youthful vigor along with her beautiful glowing smile. At that time death will be a thing of the past. Instead of going to a memorial tombs we will be reunited with all of our dear loved ones.

  7. Our Hearts and prayers goes out to the Thompson Family and friends. The Johnson family can’t wait to be with you to welcome her back real Soon. Love you guys.

  8. This loss was a tough pill to swallow. This woman was unmatchable in her kindness, love, generosity, cooking skills and unselfishness. The best babysitter my sister and I could hv ever wished for or wanted. Oh how she was loved. Timothy and Henry, please know that you and your families are loved and share in the joy of knowing that we will see each other again.

  9. This loss was a tough pill to swallow. This woman was unmatchable in her kindness, love, generosity, cooking skills and unselfishness. The best babysitter my sister and I could hv ever wished for or wanted. Oh how she was loved. Timothy and Henry, please know that you and your families are loved and share in the joy of knowing that we will see each other again.

  10. We’ve been very happy to meet a beautiful ,lovely and kind sister and mom .We were very glad to be in her house each friday nights for a delicious home-cooked meal, which often included her tasty greens and cornbread. The night was filled with good conversation, joy, games……
    She was extremely generous and hospitable.
    It’s very sad and painful to hear that.
    Our hearts,love and prayers to all the family.We will be glad to see her in the new world.
    May JEHOVAH comfort us in this trial.
    Love and miss you too much

  11. My condolences to Tim and the Family. I am still heartbroken and shocked about this. Viola was a awesome lady, I will miss working with her on her music. But I know I will see her again in the new kingdom to come!!!

  12. We all look forward to when we don’t have to attend these heart breaking times. I didn’t know her very well but look forward to meeting her in Jehovah’s new world.
    Love to the family

  13. Thinking of you during your time of sorrow. May you have comfort and peace with the paradise hope.
    Tracey & James Brooks

  14. Love U all… Miss both of your incredible parents. Stay strong & wait 4 JEHOVAH 2 fix everything 4 us all!
    It was awesome 2 see pics of all of U SO YOUNG!! Did your father evr NOT hav a moustache?!? LOLOL Just loved it… JAH b with U always…

  15. We are so sorry for your loss. Viola will truly be missed. You all are in our thoughts and prayers.

    Love Jamie, Marilyn and Curtis Williams

  16. Our condolences to the Thompson family. We loved mom so much. She was such a spiritual and faithful sister. May Jehovah continue to comfort and keep you in his love. Soon, we will see her again in the paradise!

    We love you all!

  17. Truly looking forward to the soon to come Resurrection Hope! I have many fond memories of Sis Viola Bible studies with me shortly after moving here as a youth. As well as Bro Felix studies with my younger bros & taking them on fishing trips back in the early 80s after moving in their territory. Thanks so much for sharing beautiful examples of faithfulness.

  18. Thompson Family,
    We want to express our deepest sympathy. We look forward to the day when death will be done away with. We will continue to pray for you all to be comforted and strengthened by our heavenly Father Jehovah. We love you all!!!
    Juan & Tosha Scott

  19. I remember when she found out she was expecting Henry – some said she was going to quit pioneering but she didn’t. Henry became a pioneer baby! She took him with her. Sometimes we took turns with him in the van, but most of the time he was in the stroller, out with us. Her zeal for Jehovah was very encouraging to me as a teenager, and still inspiring to us now! Looking forward to welcoming her back in the Paradise!

  20. We are going to miss Viola, such a sweet loving person. Alway seem to be happy with the most beautiful smile. We look forward to seeing her again shortly. Wishing the family much comfort from all the cherished memories. May Jehovah be with you all.
    From the Jones’ Family (Clinton, Brenda and Daneishia Duncan)
    Much Love.

  21. I am so very sorry for your loss. It was always a pleasure anytime I was in her presence. Viola. will be dearly missed. I was honored when she sent me her recording of Creation. She was very proud of her family. Take care family the New System is just around the corner.

    Margarette McCarty

  22. Dedicated older ones have listened, learned & followed Jehovah’s direction. Gaining complete trust & faith in him. Along with a close relationship. They have conformed their lives more fully to do Jehovah’s will. Paying close attention to the “secret person of the heart” which developed a forgiving heart & a submissive attitude. Shifting their focus on what they can do realizing that elements of old age is a “test” of their integrity in Jehovah’s eyes.

  23. Very sweet, loving sister, look forward to “saying hello” to her again very soon! Love and hugs to all the grieving family..💝🫂
    Looking forward to when the beautiful promise at Isaiah 25:8 will be fulfilled. So thankful for our wonderful hope, strength and comfort from Jehovah.🙏🏻

  24. Thompson Family,

    We are very sorry for your loss. Jehovah created us so that our hearts could forget pain. Forgetting pain, not our loved one, leaves more room in the heart for the memories that comfort us and for the hope we have of reuniting with them. It doesn’t minimize the pain, it just helps us to live with a broken heart, because we know eventually it will be whole again. We can’t wait to be greeting your parents when all is new and perfect. We will continue to pray for you to be strengthened when you feel weak and downhearted. You are not alone.

  25. What a beautiful slideshow of Vi. I’m so glad to have been around someone with so much love and positivity as well as generosity. And yes …. the best greens I’ve ever tasted. She will always hold a special place in my heart. I will always remember her contagious smile. ❤️🌺

  26. To Torhonda and Timothy and the entire family of Viola Thompson, You have my Deepest Deepest Sympathy in the loss of your loved one.

  27. Timothy and Henry just know your Mother my beautiful Sister in Love were was the most beautiful caring and loving person I have ever met both George and I will miss her visit each time she came she brought love and joy she will definitely be missed.

  28. Tim and Henry, I was so broken hearted to hear about the loss of Viola. Death of a loved one truly brings much grief to our hearts, yet it’s so comforting to know that soon Jehovah will fulfill his promise at Rev. 21:4 of no more pain, death, or sorrow. You both are in my heart and prayers. 🙏

  29. Viola will be sorely missed. We all were touched by the legacy that she left behind. She was truly like “Dorcas” in the Bible, who was known for her “good deeds and gifts of mercy.” Most importantly she made a good name with her God Jehovah. May your memories help to support you during this difficult time.

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