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Mrs. Martha Price Thompson, Vidalia
Monday, 16 June 2014

June 16--Mrs. Martha Price Thompson, age 86 of Vidalia, died Saturday, June 14, 2014 in the Meadows Regional Medical in Vidalia after a sudden illness.  She was a lifelong resident of Vidalia, served in Army Air Forces Reconnaissance during World War II, and was the last surviving member of the Vidalia Civilian Air Watch Service from World War II.  She was a 1944 Graduate of Vidalia High School where she was also Salutatorian.  She was a 1948 Graduate of Bessie Tift College in Forsyth, earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Math, Music, and History.  Since 1948, she was owner-operator of Pearl Price Florist in Vidalia, and was one of only ten florists in Georgia that was a member of FTD for fifty years.  In 1998, Mrs. Thompson was chosen by the National Park Service to help decorate the White House in Washington at Christmas, and in 2009 was named by Governor Sonny Purdue as Georgia’s Outstanding Senior Business Person of the Year.  She was a 1974 Charter member of Atlanta’s; Save the Fox Theater Foundation, which became dear to her as she had once played the pipe organ there.  She was a member of the Atlanta Theater Organ Society and the American Guild of Organists.  She was a member of the Vidalia Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.  She was a lifelong member of the First Baptist Church of Vidalia, where she served as organist, music director, and children’s choir director from 1950 until 1971.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Esley Thompson in 2008; parents, Jake and Pearl Price; and a sister, Helen Price Akridge.

Mrs. Thompson is survived by two sons, Andy Thompson of Vidalia, and Thad Thompson and wife Gloria of Augusta; one sister, Nora Price NeeSmith of Vidalia; three grandsons, Jason Thompson and Jonathan Thompson of Augusta, and Jacob Thompson and wife Tamra of Wichita, Kansas; and one great-grandson, Sawyer Thompson.

The memorial service will be held Monday, June 16th at 2:00 p.m. in the First Baptist Church of Vidalia Historic Sanctuary with Reverend Don Moye officiating.  Burial will follow in the Pinecrest Cemetery.

The family will receive friends at the church on Monday from 1:00 until just prior to the service.

Ronald V. Hall Funeral Home of Vidalia is in charge of arrangements.

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