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Lois Pauline Thompson
June 27, 1921 - November 4, 2005

Mrs. Lois Pauline Thompson was born on Monday, June 27, 1921 the daughter of the late Harvey Soloman and Corinth Elizabeth Edmonds. Mrs. Thompson died Friday, November 4, 2005 at St. Bernard's Medical Center in Jonesboro, Ark. at the age of 84. She was born in Bald Knob, Ark. and she graduated from Kensett High School in Kensett, AR. A retired teacher, she received her degree from Arkansas State University in Jonesboro, AR Mrs. Thompson was a dedicated educator who taught in the classroom for 35 years, 32 of which were in the Trumann School District. Among her classroom accomplishments is her innovation of the use of newspapers in the classroom a continuing program in the Trumann schools. She persuaded the Arkansas Gazette to provide 30 daily newspapers for the English classes. Best remembered as the senior English teacher, senior sponsor, and chairperson of the English department, Mrs. Thompson was loved and respected by all. Days before her retirement in 1977, she was surprised at 7:00 a.m. by a group of her seniors, who came to visit bearing champagne and fresh strawberries (the students were inspired by a classroom discussion concerning a piece of literature which depicted elegant living). An educator*s educator, she remained very interested in events and in the lives of all of her former students. In addition to teaching, Mrs. Thompson was active in the community. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Trumann; was a member of the Century Arts and Civic Federated Women*s Club of Trumann. She was also the first woman to serve on the Poinsett County Democratic Central Committee; in 1974 she vigorously campaigned for a young candidate for Attorney General of Arkansas, Bill Clinton. In 1976 she was chairperson of the 1976 Bicentennial Celebration that filled the stands of the Trumann High School football stadium. After her retirement from teaching, Mrs. Thomson pursued golf and bridge playing as avidly as she had worked in the community and in education. Survivors include her son, Ronnie E. Thompson of Trumann; her stepson, Samuel Alvis Thompson of Lakeland, Fla.; 3 grandchildren and one great-grandson. She was preceded in death by her husband, Woodrow *Woody* Thompson in 1985, and her parents. Funeral services will be Sunday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Trumann with Rev. Jim Thresher officiating. Burial will follow in Oaklawn Cemetery in Jonesboro with Thompson Funeral Home of Trumann in charge of arrangements. Pallbearers will be Ben Hyneman, Hal Hyneman, Al Young, Willie Ed Bullock, Mike Dungan and Rick Vinson. Visitation will be Saturday from 5 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorial may be sent to the First United Methodist Church in Trumann and the Trumann Public Library.

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  1. Diane Thompson Bonnell, Albuquerque, New Mexico says

    Pauline Thompson was one of the most outstanding, influential teachers that I had at Trumann High School. I was very fortunate to have her as a teacher. She was a very special person to me, and I am very grateful for all that I learned from her while in school. My thoughts and sympathy are with her family at this time. Sincerely, Diane (Thompson) Bonnell

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