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MAKING A DIFFERENCE Lowell Thompson Late District Attorney DA made a difference The community took a hard blow, as did the Thompson fam- ily, on Oct. 24, 2018 when Lowell Thompson passed away after a short illness. Lowell made a difference in the lives of children, and nobody knows that more than Jenny Bratton, ex- ecutive director of the Child Advo- cates of Navarro County. Bratton said in Lowell’s work with Child Advocates, he led a team of professionals to serve the interest of abused children for over a decade. As the District Attorney of Navarro County, his support was vital to the mission of Child Advo- cates, but he took it much farther than that: serving for years as a board member, being instrumental in forming the Leadership Council, and helping in every fundraiser for a decade. He also made a difference in youth sports, helping coach, mentor and guide his children’s teams for over 15 years, as well as many other children on the teams. Lowell made a difference serving as the District Attorney. He was fair and even-handed in his deal- ings with everyone in the system. Whether he was talking to judges, attorneys, law enforcement, civilian witnesses, or even the accused, Lowell treated everyone with dignity, Bratton said. He also made a difference serving in the Lions Club for many years, including time as the local club’s president. Finally, Lowell made a difference in helping the community grieve. The tragic loss of his brother in the Black Lives Matter protest in Dallas July 7, 2016 was a horrible blow for the Corsicana community, the state and the nation. But above all that, it was a horrible blow to the Thompson family. Sam and Paulette, Brent’s new wife and all of his children, the huge and close-knit family turned to Lowell for strength in handling the loss. Lowell was the public face of the family, and his grace and leadership helped the entire community through that gut-wrenching time and created positive things in his brother’s honor. A scholarship at Navarro College’s Police Academy and a bronze statue are visible things, but there are so many more. E X P LO R E C O R S I C A N A |   C O R S I C A N A DA I LY S U N | J A N - M A R C H 2 0 1 9 21