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Kossie W. Thompson

November 25, 1921 ~ August 23, 2017 (age 95)

Kossie William Thompson, 95, passed away peacefully on August 23rd, 2017 at his home surrounded by his loving family in Snellville, Georgia. Kossie was born on November 25th, 1921, on a beautiful farm in Readstown, Wisconsin and was the last surviving son of John Cornelius Thompson and Maude Smith. After graduating as the Valedictorian from Readstown High School, he went on to attend Johnson Bible College before being drafted into the army where he served for approximately twenty-four months. After returning from the army, Kossie met the love of his life, Shirley Aarstad Thompson. They were married in Washington, D.C. on June 9, 1954. He worked several years for the Southern Railway. After the births of their sons, William and James, Kossie and Shirley moved to Atlanta, GA in 1959 where their daughter Karen was born. In 1982, Kossie retired after twenty years of service for the Atlanta Federal Penitentiary as a correctional officer.

You can take the boy off the farm, but you can’t take the farm out of the boy. Kossie was an avid nature lover who was constantly involved in urban horticulture. He was an entrepreneur and was recognized publicly in the paper for the Christmas tree farm he owned in Covington, GA during his time working at the penitentiary. In 2003, after many patient years of planting Mondo grass over his entire property, he was featured in the Atlanta Journal Constitution cover story, where he was nicknamed “Mr. Mondo”. Kossie Thompson had a passion for the great outdoors. He loved gardening and landscaping, from tending to his own garden to potting many different types of trees and flowers selling them all around town. He was an animal lover, a huge history buff, and a “wheeler and dealer” who always had a knack for negotiating and finding the best deal. He spent many of his retired years renovating houses.  You could always find him reading, researching, or on the phone, as he was interested in getting the facts and learning new things. Kossie was an admirable Christian man of integrity. He was a devoted husband and father who always worked hard to provide for his family. Kossie will be deeply missed by his family, friends, and all those he has impacted.

He will be lovingly remembered by his surviving wife: Shirley Aarstad Thompson; children: William Sherman Thompson (Nena), Atlanta, GA, James Aarstad Thompson, Roanoke, VA, Karen Sue Thompson, Snellville, GA; granddaughter: Emily Arlene Thompson Bleau, Snellville, GA, cousins, in-laws, nieces, nephews, and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers: Buren Thompson, Laverne Thompson, and John Thompson; mother and father in-law Sadie Aarstad and Anton Aarstad.

A Graveside service will take place at 1 p.m. at the Viroqua Cemetery on Monday, August 28th. Burial will follow. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.thorsonfuneralhome.com The Thorson Funeral Home of Viroqua is proudly serving the family of Kossie W. Thompson.


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