Sammy Dale Thompson
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.