of William Berry Thompson
KNOW ALL MEN BY THESE PRESENTS:
That I, William Berry Thompson, being of sound mind and disposing memory do make and publish this my LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT hereby revoking all former wills at any time made by me.
I. I direct that my body be giving a decent burial, and if my wife, Mary Jane Thompson, survives me I direct that her funeral expenses also be paid out of my estate.
II. I direct that all debts which I may owe at the time of my death be paid out of my estate.
III. I give, devise and bequeath unto my son, Pleasant Thompson, a one-fourth (1/4) undivided interest in all of my real property.
IV. I give, devise and bequeath unto my son, Hill Thompson, a one-fourth (1/4) undivided interest in all my real property.
V. I give, devise and bequeath unto my grandson, Leland Thompson, a one-fourth (1/4) undivided interest in all of my real property.
VI. I give, devise and bequeath unto Robbie Thompson, Raymond Thompson, and Wesley Thompson, children of my grandson, Ballard Thompson, each an undivided one-twentieth (1/20) interest in all my real estate.
VII. I give, devise and bequeath unto John William (Billy) Thompson, son of my grandson, Bee Thompson, an undivided one-twentieth (1/20) investment in my real property.
VIII. I give, devise and bequeath unto Robert Thompson, my grandson, one-twentieth (1/20) undivided interest in all of my real estate.
IX. And after the payment of all my debts, I give, devise and bequeath unto Hill Thompson, Pleasant Thompson, and Leland Thompson, share and share alike, all of my personal property consisting of household goods, stock, cattle and farming tools, all other personal property or money that I may die seized and possessed of.
X. I hereby nominate and appoint my grandson, Leland Thompson, as executor of this MY LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT and direct that he be permitted to serve without giving bond.
I have a daughter, Allie Thompson Fryar, two granddaughters Ada Robbins and Eva Townsend, and two grandsons Ballard Thompson and William Berry Thompson (Known as Bee Thompson) who I do not desire to have any interest in my estate whatever, and I have fully designated those whom I desire to share in my estate.
I further direct that none of the devisees in this Will shall be permitted to sell or alienate their interest in my real estate to an outside party without first making an offer in writing to the other devisees and giving them the privilege of any one or more of them, of purchasing the same for at least 90 days. Then in the event that none of the other devisees shall see fit or be able to purchase the share offered for sale it may be sold to an outsider, but it is my desire, if possible, to keep the farm in the hands of my devisees and the Thompson family.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF I have hereunto signed my name on this the 17th day of February, 1937.
Signed by the said William Berry Thompson as and for his LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT, in the presence of us, the undersigned, who, at his request and in his sight and presence, have subscribed our names hereto as attesting witnesses, the day and date above written.
William Berry Thompson Died August 26, 1944 at the age of 95.
Submitted by William Berry Thompson IV