Mrs. Jozell Lamb Thompson was born on July 21, 1947 in Dallas, Texas, to the parentage of Joseph Lamb and Mozell Brown Lamb. She was given the name “Jozell” by her paternal grandmother, Mrs. Della Taulton Lamb. Her name is the combination of her parent’s name, and in Hebrew means: “The Lord is willing.” Full of love and kindness. Jozell was a woman of culture and refinement. She had an unusual mental keenness about her.
She received her early education in the Dallas Independent School District. In May 1965, she graduated from Franklin D. Roosevelt High School. After High School, she attended Bishop College, and later the University of Texas at Arlington. During her summer breaks,, in order,to help pay for her college education, she attended Graham’s Barber College, and became a licensed barber. During the 1960’s Dallas Civil Rights Movement, Jozell had an opportunity to make her voice heard by joining her father and sisters by marching with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. In 1971, she married James Thompson, they had one child JaMarqus Thompson.
Jozell was a very tallented artist with a creative eye for Geometric Design. Her chosen median was the ball point pen. She won first-place in the National Arts Program competition which was hosted and sponsored by the City of Dallas. Her creative nature and willingness to save people money lead her to starting her own business “Elegance for Pennies.” She sold her art, flower arrangements and other home décor.
Jozell worked as a barber for many years. She later accepted employment with the City of Dallas as an Administrative Clerk with the WIC (Women, Infants, Children) Program. She worked at the city for nearly twentyyears and was very proficient in her job duties, skills and responsibilities It was said that she knew her job so well that she was a great help to many women and children who needed aid and assistance..
As a teen, Jozell and her family took a trip to Monterrey, Mexico. As an adult she continued her love of traveling the world. She traveled to various places in the US and also abroad including; Spain, France and Germany. In 2011, she was invited to Washington, DC to attend a dinner at the White House, as a personal guest of First Lady Michelle Obama. The invitation was a thank you gesture for her son volunteering as a Christmas Decorator for the White House. One of her most memorable dishes was enjoying the seafood platter at the White House.
Jozell accepted Christ at an early age, and attended church regularly throughout her life. She was a member of True Vision Church, under the leadership of Pastor Don Washington. She was a very active and faithful member of True Vision, until her health began to fail. On Wednesday, March 9, 2022, at the age of 74, after a long battle with sickness, Jozell went to be with the Lord. She hung on as long as she could,, but heard the call from the Lord above to come on home.
Jozell was preceded in death by her parents, brother; Calvin Brown and sister; Regina Lamb. She now leaves to cherish precious and fond memories her beloved son; JaMarqus Lynn Thompson, god-grandson; Greyson Washington, two sisters; Della Jackson and Carolyn Johnson, nephews; Calvin Golden (Sheila), Derek Lamb, Sr. (Hameeda), Frank James Houston (Shavonna), and Kemon Gowans (LaKecia); a niece; D’Juana Jackson-Davis (Daryl), and a plethora of other relatives and friends. Jozell will truly be missed by all who knew her.
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