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William R. “Cotton” Thompson

In Memory Of
William R. “Cotton” Thompson

William Ronald “Cotton” Thompson, of Friend, was born in Unicoi County, Tennessee January 25, 1938, to Lewis and Lila (Presnel) Thompson, the 2nd of four sons. He passed away on Friday, February 12, 2016 at Bryan East Medical Center, Lincoln, at the age of 78.
As a young boy he attended Love Chapel School through the 10th grade. Cotton, as he was nicknamed by his family and friends, enlisted in the US Army and served from 1963 to 1965, before returning to Tennessee where he started his life-time career as a truck driver, retiring after 55 years. In the beginning he hauled coal, lumber and other products. Cotton drove for a number of trucking firms including Alpo and Crete Carrier where he eventually purchased his own truck. After his retirement from over-the-road trucking, Cotton transported grain for area farmers and loved every minute of it.
He was united in marriage on March 13, 1971 to Effie Harris at Burnsville, North Carolina, and to this union, a daughter, Laura was born.
Together they briefly made their home in Erwin, Tennessee, moving to Dorchester, Nebraska in 1971, later moving into Friend.
Cotton spent most of his time on the road, but his family was precious and in his spare time he enjoyed attending his grandchildren’s sporting events and going fishing with his grandchildren and friends. He was a caring father, grandfather and kind to all he knew. Cotton enjoyed being with his grandchildren more than anything. He enjoyed watching Nebraska and Tennessee football. Cotton attended NASCAR races when possible and enjoyed watching them on TV, as well as going to local racing events.
During his working years, he enjoyed using his “CB” to communicate with others on the road, and when at home, his base unit would reach friends all over the United States. Cotton was baptized in July of 2015 and joined the Friend United Methodist Church.
Cotton is survived by his wife, Effie, Friend; children and spouses, Laura and Mike Miller, also of Friend, Tommy and Tammy Brotherton, Johnson City, TN, Julie and Jack Bradford, Erwin, TN, Shawn (Bucky) and Janice Erwin, TN; grandchildren, Shayla, Blaze and Blair Miller, Friend, Jason and Ree’L Brotherton, Kenya, Africa, Kevin Brotherton, Los Angeles, CA, Leah Brotherton, Johnson City, TN, Bodhi Bradford, Erwin, TN, Whitney Brotherton, Elizabethton, TN, Heath Brotherton, Erwin, TN; and a great-grandson, Sylis Brotherton, Kenya, Africa; a brother, Niokia Thompson, Spartanburg, SC; numerous brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces and a host of other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, an infant brother, his brother, Dean, several brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law.
A Funeral Service was held at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, February 16, 2016 at the Friend United Methodist Church with Rev. Paixao Baptista officiating. Interment was in Andrew Cemetery, Friend. Visitation was from 1-8 pm Monday, with family receiving relatives and friends from 5-7pm at Lauber-Moore Funeral Home, Friend. Memorials may be directed in care of the family. Arrangements have been entrusted to Lauber-Moore Funeral Home, Friend. Condolences may be sent to the family at