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1942 Clyde 2021

Clyde Thompson

May 21, 1942 — June 15, 2021

It is with heavy hearts we announce the passing of Clyde "Randall" Thompson, age 79, on Tuesday, June 15, 2021.

Randall graduated from the University of Arkansas and Texas A&M to enter his lifelong career of being a chemist. He retired from Valero after being with the company for over thirty years. He enjoyed playing the clarinet and piano, pencil coloring, playing on his computer, but more than anything, he loved spending time with his family. Randall will be missed dearly by all who knew and loved him.

He is survived by his grandchildren, Johnny Coates, Jr., Jerry Coates, Jr., Donavan Coates, Taylor Coates, D.J. Duplechain, Johnica Godeaux, Kristine Jones, Kayla Cordova, Tasha Coates, Brandie Burke and Brittany Coates; 35 great-grandchildren; niece, Sherry Thompson Anderson; nephew, Jerry Dale Thompson, Jr. (Becky); niece, Donna Thompson Handy; sister-in-law, Mary Thompson; and numerous other nieces, nephews and cousins.

Randall was preceded in death by his loving wife of 38 years, Ida Coates Thompson; parents, William and Maudie Thompson; sons, Jerry Coates, Sr., Johnny Coates, Sr., Jackie Coats and Larry Coates; daughter, Nellie Duplechain; brother, Jerry Dale Thompson, Sr.; grandchild, Tracy Duplechain; great-grandchild, Blakelynn Godeaux; nephew, Bruce Thompson; great-nephew, Bryan Thompson; great-niece, Britney Bell; and daughter-in-law, Laura Coates.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Family and friends are invited to sign and view the online guestbook at

LaFond-Ardoin Funeral Home of Opelousas, 2845 South Union Street, Opelousas, LA 70570, (337-942-2638) has been entrusted with the funeral arrangements.

To order memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of Clyde Thompson, please visit our flower store.


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