Albert Matthew Thompson, 87, of Alpharetta, died Oct. 22, 2015.
He was born June 11, 1928 at his home in Thomaston.
Albert graduated from R.E. Lee Institute in 1945; attended Baylor School in Chattanooga, Tenn. in 1946, and graduated from the University of Georgia in 1950, where he played football under Coach Wally Butts from 1947 until 1950. He entered the United States Air Force as a Second Lt. in 1951 and was stationed at Shepherd Air Force Base in Texas and Robins Air Force Base in Georgia.
He volunteered for Korea in 1952.
While in Korea, he contracted polio in 1953.
After his recovery, he attended University of Georgia once again, majoring in agriculture.
In 1956 he moved back to Thomaston and founded Flintrock Chicken Farm.
In 1965, he moved to Atlanta and pursued a successful career in the real estate business.
In 1998 he retired and returned to Athens.
His wives, Carolyn Arnold Thompson and Nancy Butts Thompson; parents, Martha Mathews Thompson and Charlie Green Thompson; brother, Nathan Bayliss Thompson; and sister, Josephine Matthews Thompson, preceded him in death.
Survivors include his daughters, Marty and Curt Robinson of Lookout Mountain, Lynn and Joe Ed Franks of Alpharetta; sons, Charles William and Kathy Thompson of Red Springs N.C., Tony A. and Nancy Thompson, of Roswell, Matt and Carol Thompson of Dawsonville; Nathan and Marty Thompson; first wife, Terry Mathews of Thomaston; 11 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; various other relatives also survive.
Memorial services will be held at 10 a.m. Oct. 30 at Arlington Memorial Park Chapel with the Rev. Bill Britt officiating.
Ingram Funeral Home and Crematory of Cumming is in charge of the arrangements.