DONALD FRANCIS THOMPSON JR., 81, of Little Rock, went to be with the Lord July 8, 2019. He was born on October 24, 1937, in Atchison, Kan. to Donald and Lucille Thompson. Donald was preceded in death by his parents and sisters, Patty Chapel and Carole Willming. He is survived by his loving wife, Mona; sister Sharon Gibson and a host of family and friends. After leaving Emporia State University Don got his broker's license and opened his own Real Estate Agency in Atchison. He then moved to Little Rock in the late '60s where he continued in Real Estate before beginning another career path that he continued until retirement in 2016. He leased the first ice machine to the downtown Little Rock Club and the rest was history. He pioneered the first major ice machine leasing company in the city. Arkansas Ice Machine Company grew into full service and sales. In 1982 he expanded and added restaurant equipment sales with the formation of Aimco Equipment Company. Don was an excellent businessman but his greatest passion was caring for family and friends. In fact, his friends were his family. He was full of energy, enthusiasm, compassion, and love. He has been described as "A servant of all". Visitation will be held Monday, July 15, 2019, from 5-7 p.m. in the Garden Room at Roller Chenal Funeral Home, 13801 Chenal Parkway. Funeral Services will follow 10 a.m., Tuesday, July 16, 2019, at Fellowship Bible Church, 1401 Kirk Road. Burial will be at Rest Hills Cemetery in North Little Rock. In lieu of flowers please send memorials in Donald's name to Arkansas Alzheimers Association 10201 W. Markham St. Suite100 Little Rock, Ark., 72205 or Hospice Home Care Little Rock Inpatient Center 2200 South Bowman Road, Little Rock, Ark., 72211. Please share your memories of Donald at www.rollerfuneralhomes.com/chenal.
Published July 14, 2019