Sammy Dale Thomp­son

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Sammy Dale Thomp­son, of Ben­ton, passed away Mon­day, June 3.

Dale was born July 2, 1933, in Flo­ral, to Elva and John Thomp­son. He at­tended Pang­burn schools where he met his fu­ture wife, Vir­ginia Tole. Dale re­tired in 1995 as Lit­tle Rock man­ager after 41 years with An­der­son News Com­pany. Upon his re­tire­ment, Vir­ginia bought Cherry’s Hall­mark and their son, Tim, soon joined them at the busi­ness. Dale be­gan his sec­ond ca­reer as the right-hand man for what­ever needed to be done at the stores. Dale con­sid­ered it an honor to work with his wife and son. In Jan­uary, Dale and Vir­ginia cel­e­brated 66 years of mar­riage.

Dale was a mem­ber of First United Methodist Church for more than 45 years and served in var­i­ous ca­pac­i­ties, but his two great­est joys were serv­ing as an usher ev­ery Sun­day morn­ing and serv­ing on the build­ing committee of the west wing build­ing. Dale was also a mem­ber of the Lion’s Club of Ben­ton for more than 40 years.

In his free time, Dale en­joyed golf­ing with his friends,

Tom Tay­lor, Rob­bie Wood and Ralph Jenk­ins, as well as gar­den­ing and fuss­ing with the squir­rels. Dale earned the nick­name “Boat­man” be­cause he en­thu­si­as­ti­cally and self­lessly drove the boat for his chil­dren, grand­chil­dren, and all of their friends at the fam­ily lake house on Greers Ferry Lake. Dale was one of the few peo­ple who had the pa­tience to teach scores of friends and fam­ily mem­bers how to ski. After he re­tired, one of his fa­vorite pas­times was go­ing back to Pang­burn and work­ing the land that the Tole fam­ily owns.

Dale was pre­ceded in death by his par­ents, Elva and John Thomp­son; two brothers, Her­schel and Ger­ald Thomp­son; a sis­ter, Mar­garet Cawthorn; and a daugh­ter, Lisa Thomp­son.

He is sur­vived by his wife, Vir­ginia, of Ben­ton; two chil­dren, Patti Thomp­son Fer­gu­son (Max) and Tim Thomp­son (Heather), both of Lit­tle Rock; seven grand­chil­dren,

Heather Fer­gu­son, An­drew Fer­gu­son, Made­line Fer­gu­son Ray (Matthew), Taren Pat­ter­son, Claire Thomp­son, Will Thomp­son and Matthew Thomp­son; and 10 nieces and neph­ews, Jerry Thomp­son, Diane Cook (Jack), San­dra Baldridge, Deb­bie Daw­son (Al), Robert Cawthorn, Karen Mcin­tosh (Michael), Ron Bridger (Bon­nie), John Bridger (Neita),

Greg Key (Sherri) and Julie Key. Dale will also be missed by his sis­ters-in-law, Wanda Thomp­son, Katy Bridger (Har­ley) and Anita Key.

Dale loved life. Ev­ery morn­ing, when asked his plans for the day, he would re­spond, “I don’t know, but what­ever it is, it’s go­ing to be fun.”

Vis­i­ta­tion will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. to­day, June 5, at Roller-bal­lard Funeral Home in Ben­ton.

Funeral ser­vice will be held at 3 p.m. Thurs­day, June 6, at Ben­ton First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Ben Cris­mon of­fi­ci­at­ing.

A grave­side burial ser­vice will take place at 10 a.m. Thurs­day, in Pang­burn, at Hen­der­son Ceme­tery.

In lieu of flow­ers, memo­ri­als may be made to the Legacy Fund at First United Methodist Church of Ben­ton.

Online guest book: www.roller­fu­ner­al­homes.com/bal­lard. Fam­ily Com­ments: The fam­ily wishes to ex­tend their sin­cere ap­pre­ci­a­tion to the best care­giver, Brit­tany Gay, and their church fam­ily and friends who pro­vided meals, en­cour­age­ment and prayers.

Thomp­son

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