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Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Obituary - William Jacob Thompson

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William Jacob Thompson
William Jacob Thompson, 77, Nevada, MO passed away on Tuesday, November 10, 2015 at Moore-Few Care Center in Nevada. He was born on August 29, 1938 in Belton, MO to Jacob Lester and Opal (Pitts) Thompson. He married Neva K. Gunn on January 16, 1973 and she survives of the home.

Bill moved to Nevada with his family in 1946. He graduated from Nevada High School with the Class of 1956 and worked as a butcher most of his adult life. He loved cars, horses, cooking and dogs. Family was very important to Bill as were his good friends.

In addition to his wife, survivors include two sons, Gary Thompson and his wife Julie, Columbia, MO and Rick Thompson, Augusta, GA; six step-children, Mike Davis, Independence, MO, Kenny Davis, Urbana, MO, Greg Davis, Chicago, IL, Dennis Davis and his wife Nancy, Blue Springs, MO, Sandi Leister and her husband Johnny, Amsterdam, MO, and Jeff Davis and his wife Kelly, Lee’s Summit, MO; 16 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren, one sister, Betty Ann Woody, Nevada; and one nephew, Scott Woody and his wife Jan, Joplin, MO. He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, Bob Thompson, and a nephew Steve Woody.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 14, 2015 at Ferry Funeral Home in Nevada with Brent Bland officiating. Friends may call now and until the hour of and the family will receive friends from 10-11:00 a.m. prior to the service also at the funeral home. Cremation will follow with interment at a later date in Moore Cemetery.

Those who wish may contribute in Bill’s memory to the American Heart Association in care of Ferry Funeral Home.

A Hitchcock movie plays out in western Bates County?

Skies were filled as thousands of birds headed east over Amsterdam this morning

Amsterdam area residents got a little taste of Hitchcock's 1963 flick The Birds this morning...thousands and thousands of starlings (mostly) filled the skies in a swath more than a mile wide headed east. The show lasted for more than 20 minutes as some stood outside watching in silent amazement.

According to the Missouri Department of Conservation, the birds gather in early Fall and travel in large packs in search of food before migrating south for Winter.