Moses Thompson was a longtime member of Hickman Temple AME Church.
Thompson died Monday, Feb. 11, 2013. He was 89.
He was born April 5, 1923, in Georgetown County, S.C., to the late William and Nelie Thompson. He was the second oldest of six children. Thompson attended the public schools of Georgetown County.
In his early twenties, Thompson moved to Philadelphia and was soon drafted into the United States Army where he served in World War II. After completing his tour of duty and being honorably discharged, he returned to Philadelphia. He later met and married Glanza Hiller. The couple had four daughters.
“Moses was a devoted family man who loved spending time with his daughters, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and extended family,” his family said.
Thompson was employed by Edes & Company as a truck driver for many years and later with its parent company SEDE from which he retired in 1997.
Thompson and his wife joined Hickman Temple AME Church in 1974 under the leadership of the late Rev. Gabriel S. Hardeman, Sr.
Thompson was elected as a trustee in 1975 and appointed a steward in 1977. Under the pastorate of Rev. Joseph D. Patterson, Sr. he was appointed as the pastor’s steward in 1979, vice-chairman of the finance commission in 1980 and father of the church in 1997. He was very active in the renovations at Hickman Temple. He was a master carpenter who completed 90 percent of the work in the sanctuary, the Richard Allen Room and several of the offices.
Thompson was active at Hickman Temple until his health began to fail.
“Moses was a Christian man who was well respected by the members at Hickman Temple and the pastors that he served,” his family said.
He is survived by his daughters, Sheila Thompson (Ron), Ida Word (Donald), Tracy Jasper and Sherinne Foster; sisters Jackie Thompson-Barron and Barbara Davis of Perry, Georgia; sister-in-laws, Winnie Thompson and Annie Lowman, brother-in-laws, William Hiller and Robert Davis, grandchildren , Tyrell (Jackie), Ariane, Jocelyn (Charles), Daleszandro, Donald Jr., Paris, Damaas and Tianna; eight great- grandchildren, special cousin, Mary Generette; devoted friend Ruben Adkins and other relatives and friends.
Services will be held February 19 at Hickman Temple AME Church, 5001 Baltimore Avenue. Viewing is at 9 a.m. Services will follow at 11 a.m. Burial is in Glenwood Memorial Gardens, Broomall.
Wood Funeral Home handled the arrangements.