Mabrey Fallon Thomson Sr., 85, of Miramar, FL passed away on May 14, 2013, soundly in the loving care and comfort of his son’s home in Cumming, GA. He was born in Louisville, Kentucky and later moved to Miami, FL as a youth. Mabrey was affectionately referred to by his friends and loved ones as (Harvey), (Tom) or (Papa Tom). He was loved by all.
His mother, a rider in the Kentucky Derby, was injured and died at age 26 when Mabrey was just six months old. He was lovingly raised by both his grandmother Rose Katherine Thomson, and his cherished uncle John Bennett (Ben) Thomson.
After moving from Kentucky to Miami, FL, Mabrey attended Edison High School and graduated in 1945. He is a member of the Edison High School “Over the Hill Gang”, and maintained lasting friendships with his high school alumni.
Mabrey was a loyal and dedicated service man in the U.S Army, and served as a Military Police Officer from the period 1946 to 1950. His military service occurred during peacetime between the end of World War II and the start of the Korean War, and he was stationed in Tokyo Japan. He followed both his father Marbey Thomson Sr. who served in the US National Guard, and stationed in Opa-locka, FL; and his uncle Ben Thomson, who also served faithfully in the US Navy prior to and during WWII.
After leaving the US Army, Mabrey joined the Miami Herald Publishing company as a printer from 1951 to 1971, producing lead paste-up plates used to produce the daily newspaper. During his career at the Miami Herald, he studied nights and weekends to secure his real estate broker license, and later became a licensed broker. Upon retiring from the Miami Herald in 1971, he joined several major real estate firms and successfully sold real estate until 1975. In1975, Mabrey joined the Miami Dade County Right of Way Division as a title analyst acquiring real estate property for Dade County. The acquisition of real estate property was related to Country road construction and development, and he retired in 1995 after 20 years of faithful service. Mabrey was also an active member and involved in his local chapter -Post 29 - of the American Legion in Miami since 1975. He will be missed.
He is survived by his former wife Eulalia (Lala) Thomson of Havana, Cuba; son Robert Wayne Thomson of Cumming, GA; step-daughter Susan Jeanne Chitwood of Sebring, FL; his sisters Patsy Anderson of Pompano Beach, FL, Dotsie Johnson, and Janie Thomson of Miami, FL; his grandchildren, Carla Gioconda Thomson, Gianna Nichole Thomson, Robert Wayne Thomson Jr., Nicholas Santiago Thomson, Matthew Brandin Thomson, all from Cumming, GA, Jennifer Anne Pezzillo of Pembroke Pines, FL, and Christina Jeanne Reyes of Houston TX; (seven grandchildren in all) his great grandchildren, Josie Catherine and Branden Michael; his daughters-in-law, Gioconda A. Thomson (Gio) and Brandi E. Thomson; long-time loving and cherished companion Elizabeth Mosey of 24 years, and her daughters Linda Frazier, together with her children (Chris, William, and Robbie ), Bonnie Barth, together with her children (Betty and Brian), and Cindi Mosey, together with her children (Jennifer Leigh Perry, and Katrina Marie Natalie); and his close companion and singer Nan Pastor; and his very close supporting and loving friend Robert (Bob) Martone and his wife Doreen of 21 years.
In lieu of flowers, the family is asking for generous donations towards assisting the family with medical and funeral expenses. Gifts may be forwarded to: Mabrey F. Thomson Jr., c/o McDonald and Son Funeral Home & Crematory, 150 Sawnee Drive, Cumming, GA 30040.
Visitation will be from 10:30 AM – 2:00 PM, and 4:30PM - 9:00PM on Saturday, May 25, 2013 at McDonald & Son Funeral Home. Interment date and time will be announced at a later date.
Arrangements by McDonald and Son Funeral Home & Crematory, 150 Sawnee Drive, Cumming, GA 30040 (770) 886-9899