I am trying to find my future by searching my past here in the present.
My family and I live on the site where I grew up and where my grandparents, Reuben and Vernie Wightman, also lived .
William grew up just outside of Pleasant Hill, Cumberland Co., TN.
I attended Pleasant Hill Elementary beginning in the fall of 1972. . I made good grades to the best of my memory.
My family was always just Mom (Alice Wightman Thompson), Pop (Charles Edward Thompson) and me. We depended on each other.
My first job was mowing yards. I mowed my great-uncle Levi 's yard for $5. I expanded that to others in Pleasant Hill, about a mile away, and some in Crossville. During the summers in high school I way making close to $200 per week working half days.
My first true job was as a lifeguard at Druid Hills Pool in Fairfield Glade, Cumberland Co., TN the summer after I graduated from high school.
The next summer I worked as a boat dock attendant at Cumberland Mountain State Park in Homestead, Cumberland Co., TN.
The following summer I worked on the ground maintenance crew again at Fairfield Glade. By the end of the summer I had my own truck.
Next came cashier work at Burgess Falls Shell in Cookeville, Putnam Co., TN while attending Tennessee Tech University. The station was part of several owned by the McGugin Oil Co. which included other stations in Cookeville, Algood and Livingston. I worked at all of them.
During that time I also began a career in broadcasting first at WTTU first nonpaid then as one of the station directors. This led to a job closer to home at WXVL in Crossville, Cumberland Co., TN.
At first I only worked on Saturday's then both Saturday and Sunday leading to Friday through Sunday. During that three day period I would work 31 hours over the three days. Next came an actual full-time job working 5 p.m. to midnight with a show called XVL After 7. Loved it!
It was actually during this time that I first met my future wife, Brenda.
1967 William was born July 1, 1967 at a small hospital in Monterey, Putnam Co., TN.
1970 He attended Pleasant Hill Elementary for elementary and junior high where his mother, Alice, taught.
1980 He attended Cumberland County High School where he graduated in 1985.
He attended University of Tennessee Sep 1985- Dec 1986.
1990 William's mother, Alice, passes away 8 Aug 1993.
William married Brenda Gail Nealon McCormick July 26, 1997 at Brown's Chapel Church with Eliot Roberts as the officiating minister.
Albert Whittenberg was William's best man. Shiela Miller was Brenda's matron of honor. Shiela's daughter Keri was the flower girl and Brenda's son Tyler was the ring bearer.
2000 In 2001 William and Brenda welcomed daughter Emily and in 2002 daughter Abigail.
On 29 Jan 2009 the Thompson family lost everything in a house fire. They placed a double-wide trailer back on the homesite in July 2009.
2010 William's first grandchild, Miles Oliver McCormick, was born in 2016.
In 2017 both Emily and Abigail will attend Cumberland County High School.
On 16 Apr 2018 at 22:32 GMT Hugh Barnes wrote:
On 31 Mar 2018 at 22:50 GMT Linda Barnett wrote:
On 24 Mar 2018 at 02:21 GMT Linda Barnett wrote:
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Wish you a Happy New Year. May 2018 bring you all you need to be happy.
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On 2 Jan 2018 at 11:15 GMT Dorothy Barry wrote:
On 26 Nov 2017 at 14:41 GMT Eunice (Wilbur) Pender wrote:
On 29 Aug 2017 at 00:33 GMT Liz (Noland) Shifflett wrote:
that opens a page that will get you started - replace the X in the name of the page with Wightman, so you have Wightman Name Study
in the text, replace the X with Wightman again & that will link the space page to the category page.
Give a holler if you need help. I'll go set up your category page, since you've already added it to a few profiles.
On 25 Aug 2017 at 17:44 GMT Liz (Noland) Shifflett wrote:
There's also a "Join" post for ONS ... see https://www.wikitree.com/g2g/417512/would-you-like-to-create-a-one-name-study-join-the-project
On 11 Jun 2017 at 15:47 GMT Sharen Moon wrote:
I have been working on clearing some database errors (as a Database_Doctor) related to Charlotte Tappenella Bice and her husband Ben Mathis (Mathes). Their marriage date (the main error) shows they were married after her death. I have been doing some research to figure out when they were married and supporting sources for both of them and family. I hope you don't mind that I have added some sources. I am guessing they were married in the 1860's as several children were born then but I can't find sources for the marriage. I will not change their marriage date at this time. Please let me know if I can help you further. Thanks so much, Sharen
On 28 Dec 2016 at 02:01 GMT Dorothy Barry wrote:
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