Bessie Mae Bishop Thompson, 82, of Uvalde died on Nov. 4, 2022, at her residence.
She was born on Nov. 30, 1939, in Barksdale to Fannie Ophelia (Waddell) and Ammon La Fayette Bishop.
She is survived by three daughters, Linda Sue Walker and husband, Lynn, and Donna Lynn Wimberley and husband, Tommy, all of Uvalde, and Wanda Mae Williams of Victoria; son, William Mark Perry and wife, Naomi, of Valley View; 13 grandchildren, Nathan Perry, Crystal Perry, Starla Magers, Will Magers, Kendall Walker-Schirmer, Langtry Walker, Justin Wimberley, Brandon Wimberley, Bailey Wimberley, Corey Williams, Coby Williams, River Yarbrough and McKena Yarbrough; brother, David Roy Bishop and wife, Minon, of Houston; 11 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Raymond Bishop; and sister, Leona Faye Bishop Dean and husband, David June Dean.
The family said she was best known for her love of dancing, fishing, being at the river, and her love of watching the PBR bull riding. She knew who all the top riders were, their rankings each year on their way to the Las Vegas finals, and she would even bet on who would win.
In her last years she was a resident at Uvalde Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center, where she found another family who loved her and took excellent care of her. She loved her outings to visit Maggie Diaz to get her hair done and Dora Hanson to get her manicures and pedicures. She considered them her extended family.
The family said Thompson was a “hoot” who lived life on her terms and had no problem telling anyone her thoughts.
A funeral service was held on Nov. 8 at Rushing-Estes-Knowles Mortuary, and interment followed at Vance Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Mark Perry, Lynn Walker, Tommy Wimberley, Langtry Walker, Justin Wimberley, Nathan Perry, and Brandon Wimberley.
Rushing-Estes-Knowles Mortuary, www.rekfunerals.com