Edward Thompson

Edward Eugene "Gene" Thompson

June 7, 1933 - August 13, 2020
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Edward Eugene “Gene” Thompson, 87, of White Hall, Arkansas, went to be with the Lord on Thursday, August 13, 2020.
He was born June 7, 1933, in Subiaco, Arkansas, to William and Alice Sullivan Thompson.
He graduated from Scranton High School.
Mr. Thompson served as a pilot in the United States Air Force. He loved to fish and enjoyed teaching young children how to fish. He loved to share his produce from his garden with all his neighbors and friends.
He worked for 40 years in farm equipment and heavy equipment sales and service, retiring from John Deere.
Never one to slow down, he started Gene’s Alternator and Starter Company.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Barbara Cannon Thompson, and his parents.
Survivors include his wife, Norma Estell Thompson; a daughter, Shari Gray of White Hall; a son, Russell Thompson (Kay) of White Hall; step-daughter, Susan Resinger (Tony) of Dardanelle; sisters, Lois Lawrence of Rison, Frances McLarty (Tommy) of Kansas; grandchildren, Carissa Morgan (Brad), Carmen Myers, Chadd Thompson, Christopher Thompson (Ashley), Ronnie Gray, Daniel Gray and seven great-grandchildren.
Many will know him as “Pa” and he will always live on in many hearts.
“To live in hearts, we leave behind is not to die.”
Memorials may be made to Kindred Hospice, 8608 Dollarway Road, White Hall, Arkansas 71602.
Funeral service will be private only.
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Posted at 12:07am
Shari, Ronnie and Daniel thinking of you in the loss of you Dad and Pa . You could always tell he was so proud of the three of you and loved each of you so much. Cling to your precious memories and may they bring comfort and peace to your weary hearts today and the days ahead. Thinking of y’all with love and prayers. God Bless you.

Karen Branch Robinson

Posted at 11:40pm
My Mom and Dad moved next door to Mr. Gene and his wife in 1984. They quickly became great friends. They even built a bridge across the creek so they could just go back door to back door. Gene loved his garden and was always trying new varieties of tomatoes and other vegetables. Sometimes he would come over 3 or 4 times a day with a bucket with some "goody'" for us to try. He kept us supplied with vegetables summer and winter (we put what we didn't eat in the freezer). He had a dry sense of humor and he was always trying to "get" me -- and he usually did! He and my Dad were very close and always "picking" at each other and laughing. After my Dad passed away 6 years ago, Gene checked on my Mom daily to make sure she was okay or needed anything (even though I live by her). He was "one of a kind" and Mom and I already miss him so very much.
Karen Branch Robinson

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