Found this obituary clipping in an old Stephenson Bible. Don't know the name of the newspaper or the date. Sorry, I don't know who he was or anything else about him, but perhaps some researcher out there can use this:
"Jo. A. Thompson.
Mr. Jo. A. Thompson died at the residence of Mr. A.R. Nance, South of town, last Tuesday night at 7:30 o'clock; aged 80 years. He was a well known and highly esteemed citizen and possessed genial traits of character that endeared him to a large circle of friends and acquaintances throughout the county. He was a prominent ex-Confederate soldier and loved his comrades and would do all in his power for tther [their] comfort and pleasure. He never missed attending the Confederate Reunion whenever he was able to go. He was a member of a large and prominent Bedford County family and his relatives and friends loved him for his many commendable traits of character and sincerely regret to hear of his death.
He served one term in the Lower House of the Legislature and was also a member of the Bedford County Court some years ago and filled both positions with honor and credit.
The funeral services were held at the residence Wednesday at 2:30 o'clock by Rev. W.H. Johnston. Burial in Willow Mount Cemetery."