By Sean Dunlap
A two-vehicle collision on U.S. Highway 84 at Bunkley Road in Franklin County on Wednesday, Jan. 6, claimed the life of a 56-year-old Summit resident and injured a 55-year-old Sontag man.
Officer Craig James, who serves as Mississippi Highway Patrol Troop M spokesperson, said a 2007 Chevrolet truck driven by Ken Jordan Thompson of Summit pulled from a median crossover near Meadville and entered the eastbound lanes of U.S. 84 into the path of a 2010 Western Star tractor-trailer, which was driven by Jimmie Olen Bowman of Sontag.
The two vehicles came into contact with one another around 3:37 p.m., and slowed travel for much of the afternoon as first responders worked the scene.
“The tractor-trailer collided with the pickup, and Thompson — who was not wearing a seat belt — was killed and pronounced dead at the scene of the wreck,” James said. “Bowman was transported to Franklin County Memorial Hospital in Meadville with moderate injuries.”
James said the crash remains under investigation by the Mississippi Highway Patrol at this time.
Funeral services for Thompson were held Tuesday, Jan. 12 at the Walker Family Cemetery in Pricedale.
Thompson was a member of the First Assembly of God Church in McComb, and assisted with the Helping Hands Ministry in Meadville.
He was a veteran of the United States Army and Marines, and had served his country in Operation Desert Storm.
He had many hobbies, such as collecting old movies and books. He loved to read, especially the Bible, and enjoyed camping and anything having to do with the outdoors.
Thompson was preceded in death by his father, Ronnie Thompson, and his grandparents.
Survivors include his mother and step-father, Saundra Brady and James, of Brookhaven; his wife, Maritess Pascua Thompson of Summit; two sons and a daughter-in-law, Matthew Thompson and Ashley of Brookhaven and Randall Thompson of Summit; a daughter and son-in-law, Shannon Warren and Justin of Wesson; a sister and brother-in-law, Selena Alexander and David Jr. of Jayess; two grandchildren, Lydia Warren and Wyatt Warren of Wesson; and a host of friends and other relatives.
Hartman-Jones Funeral Home of McComb was in charge of arrangements.