The Board of Directors of the Colorado County Fair Association is pleased to honor the memory and life of Cody Wayne Thompson by naming him as honorary parade marshal for the 41st annual Colorado County Fair Parade. The parade will be Saturday, Sept. 7 in downtown Columbus at 10 a.m. with Cody’s wife, Shelley Boenisch Thompson, and their girls - Faith, Ria and Brynn - leading the parade. The parade will proceed down Milam Street to Walnut, turning left and continuing on Walnut until the procession reaches the vicinity of the Veterans Memorial Center and the Columbus swimming pool.
Cody Thompson lived in Colorado County most of his life, except when he moved away for a bit during college. Shelley began showing animals with the Colorado County Fair in 1993 and Cody in 1996. Cody and Shelley Thompson married and settled in Garwood. Cody was involved in the agriculture industry most of his life, working at his father’s crop dusting business, ANF Air Service, doing his dream job of flying for the last seven years.
Cody passed away in May of this year, and is greatly missed by his family and friends and many others in the community. In addition to his work and being a loving husband and father, he was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus Council No. 3371, the Garwood Lions Club, Crop Dusters United, the Texas Agricultural Aviation Association and the National Agricultural Aviation Association.
“The Fair selected Cody as this year’s parade marshal because of the life he lived. We are also honored to have had his long-time participation in and service to the Fair. We hope that naming Cody as our 2019 parade marshal in some small way honors his life and his family,” CCFA President Melissa Parks said.