Dwayne Lee ThompsonJanuary 24th, 2021
Dwayne Lee Thompson, 63, passed away on Wednesday, January 20, 2021, at Jefferson City Manor skilled nursing facility in Jefferson City, Mo. after a terminal illness. He was born on January 21, 1957, the son of Donald Lee "Dink" Thompson and Doris Jean (Barrett) Thompson. He attended school in Jefferson City until physical challenges prevented him from being able to attend in person, at which time he was home schooled. He was a highly intelligent person. At one time he was a member of MENSA, which is a group of individuals who have a very high IQ. Having had rheumatoid arthritis from the age of 3, he was unable to participate in sports or physical activities with other children, so he spent a lot of time reading and participating in indoor activities and playing board games with his family. He was quite adept at computers and taught himself computer programming and developed a couple of computer games. He was particularly interested in Egyptian history and even taught himself to read and write in ancient Egyptian. He was quite the artist, and despite the immobility of his hands was still able to make some beautiful drawings and intricate works of art. One of his creations, a mobile, hung in the Governor's office in the early 1980's for which he received a letter of appreciation from the Governor's office. In addition to his love of reading and art, he also had a great love of music and had quite a talent for playing the drums. Dwayne was a delightful man who always had a smile on his face and never complained despite his physical limitations and being in constant pain throughout his life. He was a sweet, kind, and gentle soul with a great sense of humor. He always tried to make the best of the life he was given. He will be desperately missed by his family, but they take comfort in knowing that God surely has a special place in heaven for such a special man. He is survived by his father: Donald Lee Thompson; sister: Pamela Good of Jefferson City; nephew: Christopher Sapp (Erica) of Quinlan, Texas; niece: Jenna Sapp of Ashland; brothers-in-law: Richard Hazell of Ashland and David Moeller of Jefferson City; as well as several aunts, uncles, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his mother: Doris Jean (Barrett) Thompson; sisters: Joyce (Farley) Hazell and Linda (Farley) Moeller; maternal grandparents: Maude (Edgar) Pendleton and Charles Barrett; and paternal grandparents: Johnnie (Martin) Thompson and Richard Thompson; as well as numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy are suggested to the Salvation Army. A graveside service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 26, 2021, at Riverview Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of HOUSER-MILLARD Funeral Directors, 2613 West Main Street, Jefferson City, Missouri 65109 (573) 636-3838. Condolences may be left online for the family at www.millardfamilychapels.com.