Harold L. “Hal” Thompson of Fairfield Bay, Ark., passed away on Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013, at Conway Regional Medical Center. Hal was born on March 6, 1928, in Picher, Okla., to Tom and Julia French Thompson. He was the youngest of 13 children and is survived by one older brother, Carl Raymond Thompson of Wisconsin.
A 1946 graduate of Picher High School in Picher, Okla., Hal was an outstanding athlete. After serving in the Air Force, Hal was a graduate of and instructor at DeVry Institute of Technology in Chicago, Ill. Hal became vice president of Ancha Electronics, Elk Grove Village, Ill., where he served in sales and audio-visual engineering for nearly 30 years. He opened the southeast Atlanta branch of Ancha Electronics in 1983. He and his wife Norma (Jasper) Thompson retired to Fairfield Bay, Ark., (which Hal fondly called “paradise”) in 1997 where they became involved in promoting the Bay to many visitors and guests over the years.
Harold was married to Norma Jean (Jasper) Thompson on Nov. 7, 1953. They were married for 55 years. They were long-time members of Prospect Heights Baptist Church in Prospect Heights, Ill., where Hal was an active member of several church boards as well as a Bible teacher. He was an ardent student of the Old Testament and led many studies in his home and church. Hal was instrumental in helping to establish the Hart Center in Fairfield Bay. He and his wife were members of the Fairfield Bay Baptist Church. Norma preceded him in death in December 2008.
Hal is survived by two sons, Chantler (Marcia) Thompson of Huntington, Ind., and Tannen Thompson of Des Plaines, Ill.; two granddaughters, April (Caleb) Gregory of Buffalo Grove, Ill., and Amber (Eric) Maloni of Le Claire, Iowa; three grandsons, Judd (Stephanie) Thompson of Denver, Colo., Shea Thompson of Kyoto, Japan, and Bret Thompson of Azusa, Calif.; and by two great-grandsons.
A service of remembrance and celebration of Harold’s life in Christ was held at Fairfield Bay Baptist Church on Monday, Jan. 21, at 2 p.m. with calling two hours prior to the service. Pallbearers are Caleb Gregory, Eric Maloni, Bret Thompson, Judd Thompson, Shea Thompson, and Tannen Thompson. Honorary pallbearers are Larry Hood, Roger Hooper, Jim Meadows, Gerald Reynolds, Doyle Scroggins, and Joe Walters.
Preferred memorials are to: Fairfield Bay Baptist Church, 481 Dave Creek Parkway, Fairfield Bay, AR 72088 and The Navigators (navigators.org). Arrangements are being handled by Olmstead Funeral Home, Heber Springs, Ark.