By Matt Montgomery
During the January Piedmont Chamber of Commerce annual awards banquet, longtime local resident Mac Thompson was honored with the highest honor a local citizen can receive and was inducted into the Piedmont chamber’s Hall of Fame.
The longtime owner of Mac-T’s restaurant passed away in his sleep, early last Saturday morning, according to his step-daughter, Dena Carney Jensen.
Thompson was respected by his family, his peers, his neighbors and the many people whose lives he impacted throughout the years.
Thompson’s neighbor of about 40 years, Don Rubley, said he was the best neighbor he could have ever asked for.
Rubley recalled the first time Thompson knocked on his door after moving onto the property next door.
“He knocked on the door one day and it was cold and rainy and he said, ‘I want to ask you about Piedmont,’” Rubley said. “We discussed Piedmont and he asked me what I would think if he was my neighbor. I said whatever you do on your five acres is your business and what I do on mine is my business. I told him I think we’ll get along fine, and he said, “I think I’m going to buy the place.’”
Even though Thompson and Rubley didn’t “walk in the same circles” as Rubley put it, they were the best of neighbors. When Thompson grew extra tomatoes or asparagus, he’d give it to the Rubleys.
Thompson recently worked for the City of Piedmont as an inspector, filling in for the city’s inspectors when they couldn’t make it to work.
Piedmont City Manager Jim Crosby said Thompson was a great employee and a valuable asset to the city.
“Mr. Thompson was always a fine gentleman and was always available to do inspections for us,” Crosby said. “When our inspector was tied up, he’d go out and take care of things for us. He was just a jewel to deal with. He was always in a good mood, always prompt and did everything very quickly. He’s going to be sorely missed because it’s hard to replace somebody like that. He had a great knowledge and in this type of business, it’s hard to find people to be there, and be there on a moment’s notice. We really appreciate the work he did for us and did for the city and the community. He was really just a good guy.”
Comments about Mac from Facebook posts
Editor’s note: The following comments were written in the comment section of a post about Thompson’s death from the Piedmont-Surrey Gazette’s Facebook page.
“One of the nicest neighbors I have ever had the pleasure of having. He will be missed.”
– Jennifer Hawkins Schroeder
“A great man and the best neighbor.”
“He will be missed. We appreciate his contribution to Piedmont.”
–Denise Crosswhite Hader
“He was a great person. He’ll be missed.”
“I truly love Mac and do believe our Lord has a special place for him!”
“He was a great asset in bringing Piedmont into a prosperous community. He opened a classy restaurant and worked to get Piedmont Rd made over from a two lane to a great 4 lane along with several other projects that enhanced the city. Rest in Peace Mac.”
“What a tremendous loss. Had the privilege to know Mac for over 30 years. He gave me my start in the oilfield as a roughneck on one of his rigs. Always loved to sit and talk with him and Charolette.”
“Very sad news. Piedmont has suffered a tremendous loss. RIP Mac.”
Longtime Piedmont resident Mac Thompson died Aug. 18, 2014 at his home.
Thompson was born May 13, 1928 in Chicota, Texas to Robert W. and Esther (Maitland) Thompson.
Thompson was preceded in death by his parents; son, Larry Thompson; his brother, Paul Thompson; and sister, Leah Hicks. He is survived by his wife Charlette; daughters, Jan Skinner and Leslie Street, Dena Sue Jenson, and Jan Thompson; sons, Jackie Thompson and Rendy Carney; 12 grandchildren, and 10 great- grandchildren.
His services to celebrate his life were held at 10 a.m., Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014 at Piedmont Church of the Nazarene.
Thompson’s burial service was held at Mathewson Cemetery.