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Jack Edwin Coggins, Sr.
February 10, 1930 - March 31, 2007

Mr. Jack Edwin Coggins Sr., age 77 of Trumann, passed away on Saturday, March 31, 2007. He was born February 10, 1930 in Augusta, Ark., to Walter and Elizabeth Grace Coggins. He was a civic leader who loved his family, his church and his community.Mr. Coggins graduated from Holly Grove High School in 1948 and served four years in the U.S. Air Force before being honorably discharged as a Staff Sergeant. In 1955, he graduated from the University of Tennessee School of Pharmacy in Memphis and joined Campbell Drug Company in Trumann. Upon purchase of the store, it became known as Trumann Drug Company. In 1986, he retired as pharmacist and co-owner of Trumann Drug and became co-owner and manager of Option Care in Jonesboro. In 1994, he was elected Mayor of Trumann and served two terms. During his time in office, he was instrumental in the construction of the new fire station, the renovation of the police facility, the purchase of a new municipal building and the construction of the city sports complex. After completion of his terms as mayor, he served Poinsett County as a Justice of the Peace on the Quorum Court. Mr. Coggins was an active member of the First Presbyterian Church of Jonesboro and a charter member of the Trumann Rotary Club serving as President in 2005-2006. He served on the Executive Board of the Trumann Chamber of Commerce, was named the Outstanding Member in 1985 and served one year as Chairman of the annual Trumann Wild Duck Festival. In 2005, Arkansas Pharmacist Association recognized his 50 years of service to the profession. He was preceded in death by a son, Jerry Edward Coggins in 1988, and his parents. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Erin Coggins; his sons and their wives; Jack Jr. and Sandy Coggins of Batesville; and John and Melissa Coggins, of Cabot. He is also survived by his grandchildren: Jason Coggins, of Cabot; Jeff Coggins and Courtney of Marion; Sarah and Grace Coggins of Cabot; great-granddaughter Parker Alexis Coggins of Marion; sisters and spouses; Gail and John Clark of Newport; Joyce and Charles Jarvis of Newport; Carla and George Louck of Texas and Carolyn and Paul Leamon of Searcy. Also surviving are numerous extended family members and friends.Funeral services will be Monday, April 2nd at 2:30 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Jonesboro with the Reverends David and Patty Schaller officiating. Burial will follow in the Jonesboro Memorial Park Cemetery in Jonesboro, Ark. with Thompson Funeral Home of Trumann in charge of arrangements.Pallbearers will be Jerry McKinney, Leroy Mabe, James Ruffin, Jim Evans, Jackie Ross, Ronnie Harrison, and Donnie Taylor. Honorary pallbearers will be Frank Cole, Charlie Sefer, Bill Thompson, Martin Farmer, Albert Soo, Rush Barrett, Bob Evans, John Douglas, Bill Houston, Henry Wilson, Conner Taylor, Jerry Runsick, Joe Hillis, Johnnie Johnson, Johnny Rye, Doyle Hillis, Larry Mills, Carmack Johnson, Dr. Irwin Gould and the Trumann Rotary Club.Visitation will be held Sunday afternoon from 4 to 6 p.m. at Thompson Funeral Home in Trumann.In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the First Presbyterian Church, 710 Southwest Drive, Jonesboro, AR 72401 or the Trumann Rotary Club in c/o the Chamber of Commerce, 225 Hwy 463 N., Trumann, Ark. 72472An online register can be signed at www.thompsonfuneralhome.net.

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  1. Shane Russell, Houston, Texas says

  2. Charlie and Nell Hayes, Trumann, AR says

    Mrs Coggins and Family,We are so sorry about Jack's passing.He was much respected for his community activities. We voted for him each time he ran for office.Our prayers are with you and the family.Charlie and Nell Hayes

  3. Brian and Belinda Robertson, Trumann, Arkansas says

    erin our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. we really thought a lot of jack. he was truely a great man of god. he is going to be missed!! love brian and belinda robertson

  4. Tom Rowlett, West Memphis, Ar. says

    Coggins Family. I am very sorry to hear of your loss. I have nice memories of Jack during his time at Campbell Drug Store when I was in Trumann. May God bless and comfort you.

  5. Erica Neel Kehr, Columbus, Georgia says

  6. Kenny White, Memphis, TN says

    My family and I were saddened by the news of Jack's passing. Working with Jack years ago as a soda jerk at Trumann Drug and Campbell's Drug was a great experience. Jackie and the entire family are in our prayers.

  7. David Davis, Jonesboro, Ar says

    John,I am so sorry to hear about the lose of your father.I send my deepest sympathy to you and your family.David

  8. Jay and Melissa Roberts, Trumann, Ar says

  9. MIke Chaffin, Russellville, AR says

    Erin, Jackie and John, Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers during this sad time. Jack was such a wonderful person. I always had a great deal of respect for Jack and appreciated him for giving me my first Real Job as a Trumann Drug Soda Jerk. Those were great times and I learned a lot from Jack. He will be truly missed. Just remember all the Great times you had together and especially all the Love he had for each of you. May God Bless you during this time.

  10. Mary Ruth Matthews, Trumann AR says

    Ein and Family ~ I want to let you know that my prayers are with you. My prayer is that strength will come to you. God has special plans for all of us and he is in control. Joy in serving Christ, Mary Ruth

  11. Diana Milligan, Trumann, Ar, 72472 says

    I know in times of this words are hard. My prays are with you and your family. Jack well be greatly missed you can be very proud of all the things he donefor Trumann. May God be with youDiana

  12. Brandy (Walker) Pratt, Kansas City, Missouri says

    Erin and Family,I am so sorry to hear of Jack's passing. He was a wonderful person. I will dearly miss him. Jack truly made a difference in my life and I am a better person for knowing him. You are in my thoughts and prayers.Love,Brandy

  13. Vernon & Lorie Drake, Jonesboro, Arkansas says

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time of loss. May God bless and keep you and give you peace.

  14. Paul Nichols, Wynne, AR says

    I am sorry to hear about the loss of Jack. It was my pleasure to work with him for several years while he was serving as mayor. I have very fond memories of Jack an our work together.Paul Nichols, MayorWynne, AR

  15. James and Carin McClung, Trumann says

    Erin -We were very sorry to hear about Jack. James and Carin

  16. Susie Williams Dent, Saltillo, Mississippi says

    I was so sorry to hear about Jack's passing away. I fondly remember Jack and Erin and their boys. I babysitted the boys when they were still very little. Mom (Mary Williams) and our family were close while we still lived in Trumann. I remember when our families went together to Florida on vacation and Jack got a speeding ticket. We laughed about that for years. Jack and his family are in my happy thoughts and prayers. Please accept my condolences. Susie Williams Dent, daughter of Mary and Ralph Williams, formerly of Trumann.

  17. Tracy Wright, Trumann, Arkansas says

    Ms. Coggins and family we are so sorry to hear about your loss Mr. Coggins was a wonderfull person. Your family will be in our prayers.Ricky and Tracy Wright

  18. terrie thompson, Trumann, AR says

    Jack will be missed, He did a great job in all that he attempted.

  19. Dianna McKinney, Trumann, Arkansas says

  20. Jana Smith, Cabot, AR says

    Dear Coggins Family,I have had each of you in my prayers and on my mind continually. I pray that the wonderful legacy that your father and grandfather left is a great comfort to you at this time. Know that he will live on forever in your lives and in your memory. What pride he must have had in the accomplishments of Sarah and Grace! I truly believe that God provides a way for him to continue to follow your oh so bright futures. May you somehow find comfort and peace in the fact that so many love you and hold you close during this difficult time. Love to each.Jana Smith

  21. Melissa Privett, Memphis, TN says

    He will be missed greatly. He was a wonderful person. I will keep Mrs. Coggins in my prayers.

  22. Carolyn Hendrix, Trumann says

    Erin and family,I am so sorry about your loss. My prayers are with you all during this difficult time and the days ahead. Your in Christ, Carolyn Hendrix

  23. Chandra Mcclelland Spades, Trumann AR says

    Erin, you and your family are in my prayers.

  24. Joy Rapert, Jonesboro, AR says

    Erin, we,in BSF have continued to lift you and your family up to the Lord. We will continue to do this now that Jack has gone to be with his Lord. It will take a while, but, you will make it. Just lean on the Lord for all your needs. God Bless you and your family,Joy Rapert (from BSF) We miss you.

  25. Roland and Betty Love Gibson, Mc Allen, Texas says

  26. Bobby Daniel, Trumann says

    John,It saddened me to hear of your fathers passing. I thought a lot of your dad. He always treated me as a friend when we were growing up and even after he had left the drug store. I had a great deal of respect for him. He did a LOT of good for this town and he will be sorely missed. We'll keep you in our thoughts. Bobby

  27. Greg Cash, Trumann,AR says

    We are sorry for your loss and are praying for your family.Cash Family

  28. Harold and Patsy Wallin, Dacula, GA says

    Our prayers are with you and your family in this time of sorrow.

  29. Eddie and Hazel Clem, Trumann says

    We send our love to Erin and the rest of the family. Jack has been a wonderful asset to Trumann, and everyone loved him.He will be missed greatly.

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