Charlotte Anne Thompson
Charlotte Anne Thompson, “Anne” to all her family and friends, was born on May the 7th 1935. She was born in the small town of Slaydon, Mississippi. She was the youngest of five children to Rev. Jasper “Luke ” Courson and Mattie (Bailey) Courson. The Rev. Courson, a Fiery Baptist Minister, raised his family in several small towns throughout Mississippi, before finally settling in a modest home he built himself, in the town of Maben, Mississippi. He posted a sign marking it “The End of the Trail”. This would be his forever home.
Anne, “The Baby “as the family called her, was raised along with her sisters, Voncille, Elizabeth, Sue, and brother JL. By all accounts the children shared a rich sense of humor. With strict guidance from their parents, they learned the importance of honesty, integrity and generosity. She carried these traits, along with her deep faith in God throughout her lifetime.
All the Courson children were expected to contribute everyday in the hard work and dedication required to sustain the family. Having a garden and growing vegetables was not easy work. Luke plowed many a row with and old Mule, one named Henry. Mattie canned fruits and vegetables, which they stored for winter in the root cellar. The efforts from the daily work provided not only for the family, there was generally enough for Luke and Mattie to share with extended family and friends. Luke would load his old Pontiac with bushel baskets of vegetables traveling the County far and wide to share his bounty with friends, members of the congregation and extended family. This spirit of giving was shared among the entire family. There was no end of generosity served in the form of meals, “Suppers”. They included cornbread, endless cakes and pies that were “stirred up “ and whirled out of the kitchen.
A great source of pride and certainly an influence for the family was their mother (Matties’) first cousin Thomas Bailey that was elected and served as the Governor of the Great State of Mississippi. The Governor’s wife Nellah Bailey went on to be the State Tax collector from 1948-1956.
Anne completed Maben High School with a class of 27 Graduates in 1953. She continued to stay in contact with her schoolmates. She attended the 50 and 60 year reunions that were held at Lake Taik O’Khata.
Anne was married when she was 18 to Charles Thompson. Together they lived in numerous States across the country until they eventually located Florida in the early 60’s. Charles ambitions led him to be involved in the Apollo Space Program.
Years later Anne pursued her Real Estate License and then her Brokers License. After a few years of listing and selling properties she found her calling in managing her own office for a local Real Estate Company. Anne applied those traits she learned from her parents, the dedication, honesty, and integrity. That made her a great fit for a management position. Anne like all her sisters, retained a sense of childhood joy and humor. What Anne enjoyed most about working, was the close relationships with all of her co workers at the office. There was a lot of excitement, love and laughter shared there everyday.
Anne was a dedicated member of Central Baptist Church, in Melbourne. She taught Vacation Bible School in the summers and was a familiar face not only Sundays, but also each Wednesday Evening for the weekly dinner gatherings. She immensely enjoyed the fellowship of her friends there for the many years.
Anne loved all her extended family deeply. She adored her many nieces, nephews, and was jubilant to see their families grow.
Anne was predeceased by twin boys at birth (1954), her son Robert Lane (1977), Brother JL Courson Jr. Sisters; Voncille Sanders, Elizabeth Parish, Sue Crowley.
Please join us celebrating her life. There will be a viewing held from 5:00 – 7:00 pm Sunday March 5th at Brownlie Maxwell Funeral Home in Melbourne. The funeral service will also be held at Brownlie Maxwell Funeral Home Monday the 6th at 10:30 am. Internment will follow at the Georgiana Cemetery located on Merritt Island, Florida.
Anne’s surviving children, Cheryl Lynn Thompson and Geoffrey Scott Thompson wish to express their profound gratitude to the many caregivers that were so attentive, caring and lovingly respectful.